Reading too much Christopher Alexander (UC Berkley, "A Pattern Language" series, and finally, "The Luminous Ground") has left me continually working out the question: "Does the space create life, or is it the activity that happens in it that gives life to it ?"
Wrestling with the question does not offer much. It has no structural lessons to offer. No adventures in thermal excellence to chase (my current pastime) and will not get you far with anyone trying to make a buck in this miserable economy.
I can't get away from it because a picture like this asks it so well...
Would the entrance be so interesting without the guard, my wife and daughter?