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Lightness is hard to quantify or specify but is a subtle, qualitative and fundamental ingredient of modern architecture. Playing with transparency, reflection, shadows, colour, distance and height, all contribute to the expression of lightness. Lightness of structure concerns the physical weight and mass of the material from which the structure is made. An economy of material contributes to the achievement of visual delicacy, and the availability of new technology allows for greater efficiency in structures and materials.We can learn from other technologies such as those used in the aeronautical, marine and automobile industries, as well as from nature, which is never clumsy.

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