2018/10/27 16:55 Panel, “The Future of Patterns”, PUARL Conference

Plenary panel with @HajoNeis #SusanIngham #YodanRode #RichardSickinger at @PUARLuo 2018 Conference.

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PUARL 2018
Panel, PUARL 10th Anniversary Conference

[Moderator:  Wolfgang Stark]

Yesterday, started with World Cafe

  • Today, panel on the future of patterns, once we realize the potential of patterns not just in the book

Panel: Hajo Neis (chair)

  • Susan Ingham
  • Yodan Rode
  • Richard Sickinger

Youtube:  Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From | Riverhead Books | 2011 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU

Developing hunches, some not-ready ideas

What do you take away from today?

Susan: Architect’s perspective, what is the actual physical environment?

  • In what environment do I have my best ideas, where am I most creative?
  • I spent most of time in a place where it’s not good for me to have my best ideas.
  • For best ideas, usually need a hot beverage, or a view of nature.
  • Challenge people to notice when they have a moment of creativity, track that.
  • We’re disconnected from where we are, in the moment.

Yodan:  Pattern language group is small core, around Purplsoc and PUARL

  • On one hand, it’s a problem, a little bit of inbreeding
  • Important, level of discussion could be higher, not just of pattern language
  • Perhaps we could change venues, we pick up more people while maintaining the strong core
  • Doubts about travelling a long way, already know some of the people, but conversations raised good questions, lighting up the bulb
  • Can do in 5 minutes of conversations, what would take days online, so annual conferences are important
  • Need to develop more institutions within the pattern language movement, maybe a journal, maybe an exhibition, that will increase the number of practitioners

Richard:  Importance of reaching the end users of the pattern languages, that are effected, that helps them

  • Finding a pattern ideal that fascinates, inspires

Hajo:  This year is the 10-year anniversary conference

  • Wouldn’t have started a conference at CES, because clients wouldn’t talk about the work
  • As academics, something can come out
  • The future is pattern language, but then there’s the advanced pattern language that takes in the Nature of Order
  • Interdisciplinary work, connects
  • Huge range of possibilities
  • Could be relevant in regenerative process and design:  world has a lot of problems that we can’t comprehend
  • Some hope, maybe we can come together and solve a huge problem, tackled through pattern languages

The way we use the pattern languages in architecture

  • Can appreciate how important they are
  • We have developed enough projects, and tried to create with participation of users
  • Beyond these, pattern languages relate with centers and create space
  • Many next steps, book was written and developed in the 1970s, patterns may not be implemented
  • How to future develop, put in new contexts

Yodan:  Origins of patterns has strong connections with social change, people’s republic of Berkeley

  • Houses generated by patterns was in the context of U.N. Competition on Social Housing in South America
  • Process of coming up with patterns, some work with clients, is social-changing
  • It’s a different way of doing social science, on the other hand
  • Tying social science to planning and building
  • Sometimes ourselves, we’re not so aware of how we should do this work carefully.
  • Not careful about the statements, they’re not good patterns
  • It’s hard to create a good pattern, as hard as creating an experiment

Did political change, came up with solutions, the big challenge

  • It may not work

[Wolfgang] Reading Alexandrian writings, would like to see a good social science

[Hajo] Adventures into other disciplines, dealing with tsunami problems and energy problems, not used to doing that

  • Fascinating, doing something that is expanding horizon
  • Feel sometimes loosing the base, doing what we should do
  • Not doing projects in architecture that I used to
  • Two faces, Janus head
  • Asian project language was a fantastic experience, with 100 people, successful
  • Missing that

Richard:  Need patterns that serve people, that moves people, or want to live this pattern

  • Patterns in human action
  • We should start living patterns

Pattern depends on context

  • Problem is generated with context, what’s around
  • How to live with one pattern, don’t understand that

Richard:  One topic, moving the world

  • For immigrants, could be open to different people
  • Have selected that context as the most relevant

Wolfgang:  Not just one pattern, for a language, take a few patterns

  • Not whole language, it’s too big

[Gary]: Diversity that of individuals that have embraced patterns, with wicked problems in their fields

  • Life takes place, as Alexander’s genius, talking about the unity of life and place
  • Used to urban design, then urban planning, has little to do with the physical world, dealing with abstractions
  • If held to the notion that we have to ask about how places would be shaped
  • Pattern language for NASA site, sustainable agriculture, halfway-house to real world
  • Developed a pattern language, interviewed staff there, developing meta-patterns (place as community, integrative places)
  • They were stated much more as social patterns, then could say physical changes, would have to go back to see how a pattern would support a meta-pattern as a vision
  • More grounded
  • Weren’t talking about architecture and meta-patterns
  • Vision of education, etc., went further
  • Tried to rejoin social patterns to the physical
  • Challenge groups, those from social and entrepreneurial:  what does this have to do with place?
  • Could have meta-patterns for places.
  • One step more:  could architect planners, physical designers, how does it support more egalitarian society?
  • If we follow the genius of Alexander’s work, then what kind of places does this create?  Particular places that manifest the whole
  • Keep the multidisciplinary

[Wolfgang]:  Need to educate, train each other, in different disciplines

  • If take a serious pattern approach, would need some help, or information, some more ideas
  • How to make sure the tradition maintains, and goes to the next step
  • Besides place, there is time

[Gary] That’s in David Seamon’s work, place as process

[Eric] Video that mentioned story

  • Poem, the Speed of Darkness:  the universe is made of stories, not atoms
  • We’re good at talking to each other
  • We need to become better at telling our stories
  • Where is our Leonard Bernstein, or Richard Feinman — the engaging storyteller who has a deep wealth of knowledge, but can communicate the profoundness and love of the pattern

[Gary]: Maybe it’s not just one person

  • Need to be able to communicate, in better ways with audience who aren’t in-house
  • Need to listen to clients, then can find the patterns
  • Can frame those stories to physical design and placemaking
  • Place makes a difference, if you hire the right architects

[Takashi] Often participate in pattern-related conferences

  • Many people struggle in professional towards social change
  • People who engage in pattern language are in some change
  • This conference is wider:  pattern language for behaviour change is microscopic
  • Talked with Richard Gabriel about regional A Pattern Language
  • Jenny said originally with U.S. government, well-being of society

[Gary Black] First PUARL conference

  • In the architecture department at Berkeley, Chris Alexander isn’t mentioned
  • Studios:  whatever the student comes up with is okay, teacher is supposed to comment on a tweak
  • No rigour
  • At PUARL, patting self on back, in future, collaboration is awesome, but somethings need need someone to come into office with dissention
  • Like preparing a brief, someone feels free to question if a pattern language is even applicable
  • Would be good to include in new conferences
  • Getting people who distrust can advance the cause

[Wolfgang] What is the next step for the future of pattern language, in one sentence?

[Yodan] Trying to find a communal project — we’re not that many people

  • Proposed a project to rewrite the A Pattern Language for the 21st century

[Hajo] Need to look to next generation, teach them a way to continuing in a better way than we did.

  • Our generation screwed up the world
  • Have the chance to make it over again

[Gary Coates] Whatever exists is possible

  • Need more projects rooted in a pattern-language based approach, that also integrates the encompassing wisdom in the Nature of Order, then communicate
  • Have to create better and more beautiful places

Richard:  Need a pattern language story

  • Challenge, response
  • Old patterns are losing validity

[Gary Black] Group should find projects where you can bring the theory to bear, see it to the end, and show that it’s better

[Susan] Embedding patterns, archives is one way, making connections with the larger body of research

  • Brain research

[Eric] Future of patterns is in the youngest people in the room

  • If there is to be a future, youngest students should have a voice in determining the conference

The future is the young people, and the future is the buildings

  • Need patterns adopted and used by the younger people

[Takashi] Want to incorporate pattern language thinking in education, in elementary and middle school levels

  • Includes listening to others, and then writing down for others
  • Common language
  • Dialogue
  • Building better futures
  • Need more teachers in the school

Pick a voice for someone under 30

From this conference, felt that we need to not confine ourselves to the established definitions and formats

  • Clinging onto the definitions doesn’t allow us to explore more possibilities
  • Looking at newer contexts

#pattern-language, #puarl2018