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Problem / Situation
When designing the exterior appearance of a building, it's important to consider how the building will relate to its neighbors. One aspect to consider is whether the building should express unity with its neighbors, or debate an alternative with its neighbors.
Solution
Consider scale, form, materials and other aspects of neighboring buildings. Use similar scale, forms and materials to make a building that declares unity with its neighbors and helps to form a feeling of community.

At the same time, choosing some different forms or materials can express the indvidualism of the occupants and debate other possibilities with neighbors.

For example, in this image of new houses in Amsterdam, each home is of the same height and width, with similarly located entry doors. Yet, each home has a unique and sometimes whimsical facade that differs from its neighbors in shape, details and materials.
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Pattern Categories
 Basic Architectural Concepts (3)
 Building Forms (5)
 Building / Environment Uses (34)
 Building Elements (9)
 Particular Rooms and Spaces (8)
 Understanding and Using Patterns (3)
 Architectural Design Process (5)
 General Design Principles (4)
 Layers of Home (2)
 Integrate With Community (2)
 Public Gathering Places (12)
 Societal Needs (16)
 Common Contexts (4)
 Make Postiive Contribution to Neighborhood (1)
 Climate (13)
 Embrace the Particular (1)
 Responding to Local Architecture (3)
 Site (19)
 Appear Protective from Outside (2)
 Personalization by Occupants (1)
 Places of Quiet Refuge (2)
 Provide Physical Comfort (1)
 Public to Private Gradient (3)
 Refuge and Outlook (1)
 Feeling of Enclosure (5)
 Private Edges and Shared Core (3)
 Sheltering Roof (1)
 Large Exciting and Liberating Spaces (1)
 Mystery (3)
 Natural Surroundings (5)
 Outdoor Living Spaces (3)
 Playfulness (1)
 Rich Variety (1)
 Use all 3 Dimensions (1)
 Employ Natural Light (15)
 Artificial Lighting (6)
 Dynamic Flow of Spaces (11)
 Connections (1)
 Effect of Light on Materials (1)
 Express Purpose Through Materials (1)
 Honesty of Materials (1)
 Material Associations (1)
 Natural Materials (1)
 Color (10)
 Texture (1)
 Contrasting Materials (1)
 Specific Materials (48)
 Complexity-Simplicity Balance (1)
 Composition (4)
 Detailing and Decoration (1)
 Emphasize Envelope for Feeling of Weightlessness (1)
 Form (3)
 Guide the Eye (1)
 Massing (3)
 Order (7)
 Overall Form (4)
 Structure (16)
 Volume and Proportion (12)
 Carry Themes Throughout Building (1)
 Clear Overall Form (2)
 Competing Demands (1)
 Distinct Zones for Distinct Activities (2)
 Indoor-Outdoor Continuity (1)
 Integrate Indoors and Outdoors (5)
 What a Building Can Say (6)
 Single Defining Theme (1)
 Create a Focal Point (1)
 Architectural Styles (21)
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