Planning projects reflect the largest scale at which most architects work. Architects orchestrate light and material to define spaces for human activity.

Light acts upon surface through reflection and absorption. Light travels through openings in material planes without reflection implying motion from space to space.

Through orientation, architects direct light towards surfaces to produce texture, color, brightness and transparency within a space.  Architects use light projected through surfaces to define connections between spaces and the building forms which contain those spaces

The tools of architecture are texture, color, brightness, transparency and implied motion through voids; the controlled properties of light.

The tools of engineering are materials and their properties.

Architects create spaces and plan structures with their engineers to produce those spaces in our material world.  These principles apply to the largest and smallest scales at which architects work, from whole communities to individual elements within a single space.

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