Architectural form manifests precisely in the relationship between the ‘insideness’ and ‘outsideness’ of spaces, a changing relationship tied to the sequence of transformations in time which fi nds its median point of comparison between different spatial configurations in the present. Consequently architectural design is performed in the present, but becomes concrete in its relationship between the past structure and its future transformation. The urban form is the deepest and most complex expression of this dynamic, on which the sense of the relationships between architectural spaces is entwined. The contemporary condition of the ‘phenomenon city’ is unfolding as a period in which the consistent settlement philosophies of the traditional urban form are dissipating and projecting the network of relationships onto a scale of dimensions and time that are completely unmanageable by a single plan. The meaning of planning is therefore turning towards the recognition of places that are potentially feasible as relatives centres of a general composite system.
Keywords: Form; city; relation