Circles were the most prominent design element I found around campus. Circles were used to represent the sun and the moon as well as sacred spots.
Groups are seen like groves of trees, always reaching vertical, and represent groups of people.
|This example of stacks is the library. You can see stacks in the windows as well as in the siding. Each level represents another floor. I found this to be a great example because the library is a primary place for gathering resources.|
|This example of stacks is a residence hall. The windows are stacked all evenly apart.|
The environment impacts rituals in a different way now then it did thousands of years ago, however it still plays a vital role. Architects build for the current needs expressed in their communities. I've realized that people generally just do as they've been taught instead of straying. For example, if an architect built you a church, you wouldn't continue to worship outside. You relate the structure to its purpose. Just because you were built a church doesn't mean you would sleep in the church, you have a house for that. I feel that environments influence rituals far greater then rituals influence environments.