Machines and Buildings
Buildings signify the ability of mankind to occupy any place in any geographical or climatic zone, in any kind of environment, and adapt his habitat to make it to conform to conditions that it finds suitable. This is in the same way that machine technology converts any form of mechanical energy into a more useful form. The fundamental purpose of any building technology is to provide mankind with a living space and comforts that can facilitate his working.
Machines also help the performance or assist humans in performing certain tasks. A building similarly helps human beings to go about their daily duties and tasks in more amenable conditions, whether it is while working or even just performing other daily routines. Even in the Stone Age, mankind used caves as buildings that could help him to keep warm and protect his family and property.
A machine is a device that modifies mechanical energy and transmits into a form that is more useful. Buildings similarly act as repositories for offices and factories that transmit the abilities of the persons within those buildings into commercial and manufacturing activities.
Machines are also devices for doing work with the assistance of power sources or auxiliary equipment. Similarly buildings like powerhouses use auxiliary equipment like turbines to produce power for the use of mankind. In the broader sense dams and canals can also be considered buildings, and these use the stored water for power or irrigation that helps mankind to grow crops for its sustenance.
Again an intricate system or organism is considered a machine, and buildings with their complex use of power, lifts, water, drainage, communication, and ventilation and heating systems can be considered intricate systems on their own. And just like an organism or machine can break down, a building can also break down when any part of its complex organism stops functioning. Imagine a building without power or even one where the lifts do not work or the telephones malfunction. In effect the building stops functioning as a machine and is unable to assist the humans occupying it in the functions that they are supposed to carry out.
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