A Pattern Language (How To Create Places That are “Alive”) – Christopher Alexander

WHO IS CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER?

http://www.patternlanguage.com/leveltwo/ca.htm

WHAT IS A “PATTERN LANGUAGE”?

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction is a 1977 book on architecture, urban design, and community livability. It was authored by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein of the Center for Environmental Structure of Berkeley, California, with writing credits also to Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel. Decades after its publication, it is still one of the best-selling books on architecture.[1]

The book creates a new language, what the authors call a pattern language derived from timeless entities called patterns. As they write on page xxxv of the introduction, “All 253 patterns together form a language.” Patterns describe a problem and then offer a solution. In doing so the authors intend to give ordinary people, not only professionals, a way to work with their neighbors to improve a town or neighborhood, design a house for themselves or work with colleagues to design an office, workshop or public building such as a school. (Wikipedia)

SUMMARY OF THE PATTERN LANGUAGE:

http://www.patternlanguage.com/apl/aplsample/aplsample.htm

EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE PATTERNS:

Pattern #159: Light on Two Sides of Every Room

CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER ON BUILDING FOR LOVE AND LIFE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi0jcwLv8jQ&feature=related