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1 Architecture based on prefabricated systems and components variously arranged.

2 Architecture derived from supposedly logical, rational, analytical procedures related to computerized design (from which unmeasurable aspects of architecture are perforce excluded).

3 Architecture designed as part of greater (e.g. cultural, social, and urban) systems. In this sense it has been related to performance design based on an analysis of function as well as on the aesthetic, physical, and psychological needs of the users. Fashionable in the 1960s, it has not proved to be the all-purpose solution hoped for by its protagonists.

Anno Domini, xlvi/5 (May 1976);Ehrenkrantz (1989);Finnimore (1989);Handler (1970)

Subjects: Architecture.

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