2015/07/05 10:05 Hajo Neis, Takashi Iba and Helene Finidori, “Pattern Languages 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0”, Purplsoc

Impromptu workshop at Purplsoc led by Takashi Iba @taka_iba, Helene Finidori @helenefinidori and Hajo Neis,

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At PURPLSOC (Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change) 2015, Danube University Krems, Austria

[Hajo Neis]

A last-minute panel on a fourth generation of pattern language (which came up in discussion yesterday, beyond Takashi Iba’s third generation)

Two years ago, had a conference in Portland, with Jenny Quillien

  • Where is pattern language going?
  • Was mostly architects
  • Jenny said you really need a Pattern Language 2.0
  • Alexander was working on a dynamic pattern language, that we haven’t discussed

[Helene Finidori]

Based on focused on complexity in early Alexander

  • Interested in systemic change
  • 4.0 adds to time and dynamic dimension to pattern language
  • Was talking with Howard Davis about dynamics underneath
  • Negotiations into policy, may have changes in words, may not preserve the dynamics
  • Objects that dynamic the forms, not just structures and behaviours, and how they shape each other
  • e.g. financial system, now crashing
  • Everything was in a black box
  • If had dynamics, could capture them
  • Introduce the evolution of systems into the picture
  • Add design into the system, add into stimergy, self-organizing over time
  • Enable collecting agencies across domains and practice
  • Orient designs for collect interpretation and navigation of systems directionality
  • Had submitted for EU grant proposal

Gaps:  pattern language isn’t grounded in natural patterns

  • One natural pattern is professions
  • We need them to do it

Rethink visualization

Service systems thinking across communities

Meta level

Weakness? Empirical basis, micro-structures to link them (e.g. periodic table)

A unified field theory for pattern language that doesn’t exist?

  • Chaos of professionalization
  • Everyday patterns in everyday life?
  • What is a cross-professional language?  What engages the full humanity? What’s not in the picture right now, e.g. emotional, which is not “scientific”, but is included

Frescos with essence of the bible

Designers already know how to work across disciplinary team, with specialists

[Hajo] Think less about overarching, but more interested in connecting pattern languages in domains

Hajo Neis, University of Oregon, Department of Architecture

Helene Finidori

Takashi Iba, Keio University


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