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At PURPLSOC (Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change) 2015, Danube University Krems, Austria
New properties for capturing and relating wholeness
The wholeness of Lively Human Activity
- Have been creating pattern languages on human activity
- Finding wholeness in people’s activities, hard to separate into parts
- Beethoven composed while walking
How can we capture the wholeness?
- In Nature of Order, defines a basic unit of “center”
- Liveliness in centers that activate each other
Beethoven: composing and walking
- Mutual helping centers
Will focus on 3 of 24 properties
1. Bootstrap: Centers that radiate their own energy
- e.g. boy becomes interested in Milky Way from book in library.
- Finding the library is the bootstrap
2. Source: Overwhelmingly strong center
- Social entrepreneur
- Entrepreneur becomes the key source of energy
- Small centers strengthening each other
- e.g. conferences on pattern languages, community
How were Behavioral Properties found?
- Investigated pattern languages
- Alexander says a Pattern Language is a way defining centers
1. Find the mechanism behind the patterns
2. Refining and revising the properties
3. Expressing behavioral properties
What is the usage of behavioral properties?
- Pattern mining
- Pattern writing
Relation between behavioral and Alexander?
- Geometric at a point in time
- Behavioral properties over a series of time
- Alexander talks about color properties in Book 4, essential part of wholeness
- In human activity, emotions are important to create a lively wholeness
Anticipate that can reach a comprehensive theory of wholeness