Architectural Design

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A house is a series of isolated layers with varying lifespans and rates of change. Weathering and human activity are the overarching forces that set the elements of a house in motion as the users alter and reinvent aspects to assert ownership. Simultaneously, exterior forces wear on the house and render certain layers worn and in need of replacement. A house is never a finished product as the subsequent design phase forever transpires. The events within a home customize the layers and determine what is permanent, ephemeral, and everything in between. Site, skin, structure, and services seem to be the most static layers, however certain mobile objects such as a teapot passed down for generations can outlive the entirety of the home. As a house is reacting to the activity within, such as a growing family and changing tastes, the layers are set in constant evolution. The minimum dwelling code includes the layers that transcend time.