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G r ~ n n e l l ,Iowa 113. Lutyens. Project for L~verpoolCathedral. Model 111. M ~ c h e l a n g e l o Porta Pla, Rome mental forms of the whole building. The pliable pattern of little windows accommodates service areas required for upkeep of the building and creates human scale that contrasts with the rigid monumentality. In Philadelphia the gridiron street pattern of the local scale of circulation is superimposed upon the resultant diagonal avenues which-correspond to the regional scale of circulation in the city because they originally connected the center with the outlying towns.
Le Corbusier today is a master of the eventful exception, another technique of accommodation. He breaks the order of the bays in the ground floor of the Villa Savoye ( 5 ) by moving one column and removing another, as I have shown, to accommodate exceptional circumstances involving space and circulation. In this eloquent compromise Le Corbusier makes the dominant regularity of the composition more vivid. The exceptional location of windows, like the eventful exception in columns, usually produces an altered symmetry.
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