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The Patterns: Reason and Belief. Striving for a balance between reason and belief.
Reason and Belief
Building Architecture
Gothic architecture was a transition point between a closed monastic religious order and the expansionism of a free and secular world. Architecture has found itself on many occasions balancing belief and reason. It has extended across debates on art and science, human machine interaction and our place in the natural world.  
Architecture Intensive Disciplines
We can not simply architect on our own beliefs and perceptions of logical design. We should seek to understand the values of those who have a stake in the product of construction. In turn, we must also perceive when development and progress is hindered by entrenched beliefs and seek to find concensus.  
Case Study A: Large Corporate IT
Managers champion systems. Ownership of core systems was a political issue because of control and the power to enable delivery. Under pressure to perform people will act on what they inherently believe is best for themselves and the company. These beliefs and values will in turn become the motivating factor to support one systems architecture over another - it is not always based on what the architect percieves to be the better quality, logic or reason. In this environment, like many others, decisions are taken that often defy technical reason. The only way to comprehend them is to understand the underlying beliefs.  
Case Study B: Small Commercial Team
Consensus is generally easier to reach with smaller teams. This was true in this case but it was especially true because the team shared common values and beliefs. There was a high level of integrity and respect.  
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