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Spatial Organization in Architecture

Organization of space in architecture is fundamental to the creation of composition. It brings together different forms and shapes and provides a cohesive structure to the design. Spaces in a building can be organized into patterns so that they relate to one another in a …

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Form and Space in Architecture

It is often said that architecture is the combination of space and form. Space encompasses the volume of a structure, the parts of a building we move through and experience. But space can only be created through the use of form. Form is the mass, …

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6 Ordering Principles Used in Architecture

Architecture is generally thought to be a creative field where form is derived by sudden inspiration: the memory of something beautiful seen in the past, an interpretation of something that catches one’s attention in the present, or any other source of inspiration. While architectural design …

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7 Types of Joints in Building Construction

While we may not perceive it visually, buildings are in constant motion. Wind causes buildings to sway, temperature changes cause expansion and contraction in building surfaces and moisture causes expansion of materials. Additionally, seismic events can cause differential movement in both the structure and finishes …

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How to Prevent Condensation in Buildings

An important component of building insulation is the control of humidity and moisture. Condensation, as a result of moisture, needs to be prevented from entering walls and compromising the integrity of the insulation within. Condensation control in buildings is critical to prevent damage to structures. …

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What is the Difference Between Damp Proofing and Waterproofing?

Building foundations are in constant contact with the earth and as a result, are regularly subjected to moisture from groundwater. This can be problematic in areas with high water tables or where soils drain poorly. To prevent structural damage, damp proofing and waterproofing are commonly …

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What are the Different Types of Flashing?

When building materials intersect, there is the potential for water infiltration. Flashing is a thin material used to prevent water penetration by providing a seal at joints exposed to the weather. There are two general types of flashing used in masonry construction. The first is …

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What Materials are Used for Roofing?

A roof system consists of various types of materials that are interconnected in order to provide weatherproof protection in buildings. In addition to being waterproof, roofs help protect buildings from the sun, rain, snow, and other elements. Roofing materials vary depending on the shape of …