“A Project Language”, “A Center Language”

“A Project Language” and “A Center Language” as derived from “A Pattern Language” from Christopher Alexander. Thesis paper by Hajo Neis in 2010, with presentation slides (partially in German).

In earlier projects, patterns were used and applied in the original format and formulation of APL (i.e. Oregon Campus, Peru Housing, Multicenter New York, etc). A additional set of new patterns was created for each project. Because of the need for a more direct participatory process combined with lack of time and money, in many cases patterns and pattern languages took on a simpler format (i.e. Eishin Campus Japan). Also advances in theoretical understanding have modified the pattern approach itself.

Here, a key notion is that of adaptation in the design and building process for architecture and the built environment. The idea of adaptation originated in biology, especially in relation to evolution. However, the adaptation in buildings is very different from the adaptation in biology.

A small part of the process of building adaptation, like evolutionary adaptation in biology works by modifying the genotype (pattern). This kind of adaptation is in some ways similar to biological adaptation, but it is not coded through the genes. It is purely functional, and it is driven only by functional pressure. But it is also driven by geometrical considerations of coherence.

It is this geometrical-adaptive process that drives much creation and the making of a living environment. This process is also called the centering process. This centering process contains about fifteen geometrical properties that are helpful in this process. The geometric properties include properties such as centers, boundaries, sub-symmetries, levels of scale, deep interlock, etc

“Thesen: Pattern Language and Beyond” | Hajo Neis | November 2010 | MICC-Experten/innen at http://micc-project.org/wp-content/uploads/neis-architektur-patterns20101.pdf

Beyond Patterns: From Pattern Language to the Language of Centers

“Beyond Patterns: From Pattern Language to the Language of Centers” (presentation slides) | Hajo Neis | Nov. 2010 | “The Patterns of Patterns: Pattern Language and Beyond”, MICC Experten/innen Workshop at http://micc-project.org/wp-content/uploads/pr%C3%A4s-neis-MICC2010.pdf

(translated) How can we organizations that constantly play like musicians dynamically forward and more and more are under pressure to change, better understand and shape? What strategies are the basis for innovation? What is constructive improvisation beyond crisis management and the role of patterns in the interdisciplinary work?

(translated) These are the questions the research team MICC (music – innovation – corporate – culture) of the University of Duisburg-Essen, headed by Prof. Wolfgang Stark together with cooperation partners from practice organizations and the musicians Christopher Dell after.

“Dokumentation “Pattern Language and beyond” MICC-Workshop 9.12.2010” | March 2011 | Music Innovation Corporate Culture | at http://micc-project.org/?p=928