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A Pattern Language

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Lyn Severance

on 14 March 2011

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A Pattern Language Regional policies that will
protect the land and mark
the limits of cities TOWNS
CONSTRUCTION Use as a sequence - move through patterns always from the larger patterns to the smaller, from the ones which create structure, to the ones which embellish those structures, and then to those which embellish the embellishments… Global Patterns that define a town or community A Pattern Language was authored by architects Christopher Alexander,
Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein. Pattern # 1: Independent Regions Pattern #2: Distribution of towns
Pattern #3: City-country fingers
Pattern #4: Agricultural valleys
Pattern #5: Lace of country streets Major structures Pattern #8: Mosaic of subcultures
Pattern #9: Scattered work
Pattern #11: Local transport areas Pattern #12: Community of 7000
Pattern #13: Subculture boundary
Pattern #14: Identifiable neighborhood Build communities from grassroots Connect with networks Pattern #16: Web of public transportation
Pattern #17: Ring roads
Pattern #18: Network of learning
Pattern #19: Web of shopping
Pattern #20: Mini buses
Establish policy to control character
of local environment according to
fundamental principles Pattern #21: Four story limit
Pattern #22: 9 percent parking
Pattern #24: Sacred sites
Pattern #25: Access to water
Boundaries encourage the formation
of local centers Pattern #28: eccentric nucleus
Pattern #29: density rings
Pattern #31: promenade
Pattern #32: shopping street
Pattern #33: night life At this point in the design process, the patterns have defined the town or community. The next patterns give shape to groups of buildings, individual buildings, on the land, in 3 dimensions. They are the first patterns to be under the control of individuals who are able to build the patterns all at once. Lay out the overall arrangement of a group of buildings Pattern #95: Building complex
Pattern #96: Number of stories
Pattern #102: Family of entrances
Pattern #103: Small parking lots Siting buildings Pattern #104: Site repair
Pattern #105: South facing outdoors
Pattern #108: Connected buildings
Pattern #109: Long thin house
Pattern #110: Main Entrance
Pattern #113: Car connection
Pattern #114: Hierarchy of open space
Pattern #116: Cascade of roofs Yin and Yang
of indoor and outdoor space Pattern #119: Arcades
Pattern #120: Paths and goals
Pattern #122: Building fronts
Pattern #124: Activity pockets
Pattern #125: Stair seats Paths and squares between buildings Pattern #128: Indoor sunlight
Pattern #129: Common areas at the heart
Pattern #131: The flow through rooms
Pattern #132: Short passages
Pattern #135: Tapestry of light and dark The fundamental gradients
of space, and how movement will connect the spaces Definition of the most important areas and rooms For a house:
Pattern #136: Couple’s realm
Pattern #137: Children’s realm
Pattern #139: Farmhouse kitchen
Pattern #144: Bathing room
Pattern #145: Bulk storage For offices, public buildings:
Pattern #146: Flexible office space
Pattern #147: Communal eating
Pattern #150: A place to wait
Pattern #149: Reception
Pattern #151: Meeting Rooms Knit the inside of buildings to the
outside; make human details Pattern #159: Light on two sides of every room
Pattern #164: Street windows
Pattern #168: Connection to the earth Pattern #171: Tree places
Pattern #173: Garden wall
Pattern #175: Greenhouse
Pattern #176: Garden seat
Pattern #177: Vegetable garden Decide on arrangement of gardens and outdoor spaces Fine tune the shapes
and sizes of rooms
to make them buildable Pattern #179: Alcoves
Pattern #181: The fire
Pattern #182: Eating atmosphere
Pattern #184: Cooking layout
Pattern #190: Ceiling height variety
Pattern #191: The shape of indoor space
Pattern #194: Interior windows
Pattern #200: Open shelves
Pattern #202: Built-in seats
Pattern #204: Secret place At this stage, there is a complete design for an individual building. The remaining patterns work out the construction details of the building and outside spaces, and complete the building with ornament, light, color and personal possessions, ending with... Pattern #250: Warm colors
Pattern #251: Different chairs
Pattern #252: Pools of light
Pattern #253: Things from your life Can you see the model for a set of patterns for
Human Interface design ? ?
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