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In the realm of construction types there are two very polar conditions. One
condition is that of complete customization, where every material, space, and
connection are designed specifically for the structure at hand. The opposing
condition is that of complete standardization where every material, space, and
connection are literally or conceptually prefabricated and designed without regard
to any particular project or site need.
I have developed a system which is intended to find a balance between these
opposing conditions. In order to do this (allowing certain elements of the system to be custom, others to remain flexible, and others to be standardized) I had to make decisions regarding the nature of different building components and the groups to which they belong. Some parts could be completely standardized while others could be left custom in order to accommodate the tastes and preferences of different users.