Our basic argument is that there isn't such a thing as a building. A building properly conceived is several layers of longevity of built components.
Many buildings are demolished early if their outdated systems are too deeply embedded to replace easily.
Hummingbirds and flowers are quick, redwood trees slow, and whole redwood forests even slower. Most interaction is within the same pace level.
The dynamics of the system will be dominated by the slow components. with the rapid components simply following along. Slow constrains quick; slow controls quick.
Trust, intimacy, intense use, and time are what made these buildings work so well.
Architects offered themselves as providers of instant solutions, and only the look of a building gives instant gratification.