Architecture of Place: Buildings that Work for People

Some may be surprised to hear PPS echoing a version of the modernist mantra “form ever follows function,” but it’s important for us to remember what that phrase is really all about. When it was first coined by Louis Sullivan, it was a humanist idea: that the form of a building should serve first and foremost the human uses that occupy it. But over time, as Jane Jacobs observed, the idea of function underwent a “drift from humanism to gimmickry.”

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