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facade rhythm and lessons of Venice

I have been thinking alot about the rhythm of facades of buildings.  Typically a commercial building has some rhythm of openings, windows and/or doors, that trace across its surface.  This can be as simple as the modules of a curtain wall system or a structural system expressing itself on the outside of a building.  This is so typical in fact, that we often fail to see it although it affects how we feel about a building.