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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick
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A quick-to-read whirlwind tour of some of the principles of architecture. A smattering:

* Negative and positive spaces and circulation. People move through negative space and dwell in positive spaces.
* "parti" is a word for the big idea that holds together a design, much like an author's thesis.
* Architects work holistically, touching on everything but being an expert in nothing. (Engineers, by contrast, are a deep expert on one particular thing.)
* "Fabric" buildings (ordinary residences and commercial buildings) versus "object" buildings (churches, government buildings, monuments) in the makeup of a city.

Though written for building architects, a surprising number of the concepts apply very directly to my field, software architecture.
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