2018/10/27 10:50 Helene Finidori, “Configuring patterns and pattern languages for systemic design”, PUARL Conference

Parallel breakout by @helenefinidori@PUARLuo 2018 Conference.

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Helene Finidori is a Ph.D Candidate, University of Hull Centre for Systems Studies

PUARL 2018

More questions

  • What do I mean by systemic?

At Purplsoc 2017, had questions at various scales

For PUARL scale, we’re at a great scale with Migrants and Refugees

What does systemic design look like, for wicked problems?

  • Different in nature:  social, environmental, psychological, technological
  • No right solutions
  • As soon as action is taken, context changes

Trying to take a systemic approach to pattern languages, focuses on forces

Beyond pattern catalog, could we create a pattern catalog?

  • Learning to see things
  • Awareness
  • Working with systems literacy at International Society for the Systems Sciences
  • We have a patterning instinct, how can we enhance these competences for recognizing, assembling patters

In 2015, proposed the notion of a 4th generation pattern language at Purplsoc, building on Takashi Iba’s 3-generation model

  • More objects of design, systemic forms, structure, behaviours
  • Active design
  • Want to connect agency, directionality
  • We haven’t gone far, had a workshop at PLoP

At the of 2017, created a systems sciences and pattern literacy group with the Bertalanffy Centre, conducted a survey

A synthesized pattern definition

  • An arrangement
  • of elements
  • repeated or repeatable
  • cognized or recognized
  • as manifestation of reality (whatever philosophy) of a system of work
  • inquiring, meaning-making and design
  • crossing boundaries
  • key in understanding and orientation of systems behavior and outcomes


Connecting inquiry, meaning-making and design

Patterns exist in the world, in our minds, as material forms, similtaneously (as captured by Christopher Alexander)

  • Michael Mehaffy:  partial symmetric relaitons and isomorphic correspondences
  • Christian Kohl

How does this work?

  • Work on Harvard on core human languages, pre-linguistic:  Cary and Spelke — forms, quantity, objects, agents, places

How do we retain what we perceive?

How effective is the problem-solution associaton?

Things and generative processes

Ways forward:

  • Acknowledge the semiotic nature of pattern

Can we use patterns as systemic research / boundary objects


#pattern-language, #puarl2018