In the last two decades, the pattern approach of Christopher Alexander has gone beyond architecture and is now also being successfully implemented in many other fields, such as design, media, arts, IT, management, pedagogy, social activism, social innovation and grassroots movements. It has become an effectual interdisciplinary tool for collecting and conveying informal knowledge with the purpose of creating morphological coherence in the things which are made with this knowledge. Lastly, as Alexander states, with the objective to build a society which is alive and whole.

The 2. World Conference PURPLSOC – In Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change – October 19 to 21, 2017 Danube University Krems will discuss and reflect on this recent development in the application of the pattern approach of Christopher Alexander. The conference wishes to stimulate the attention for pattern related work, both in the scientific community and the wider public, by showing its broad applicability and richness and bringing application/best practice examples from outside the scientific community into research.

The focus of the discussion and for the conference publication will include the four volumes “The Nature of Order : An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe” of Christopher Alexander and especially the living process with its 15 properties and their structure-preserving transformations in order to unfold wholeness. Life as a complex web of relationships, as an emergent process over time, and as a human feeling will be discussed in such different fields like complexity theory, pattern theory, learning, architecture, sustainability, and social activism to name just a few of the interesting research questions.