Category Archives : PURPLSOC Blog


Are there “Patterns of Humanity”?

Are there patterns of humanity? The paper of David West looks at humanity, individually and collectively, to explore the question if there are patterns in the sense of a generalization or abstraction that is constant across cultures although each culture interprets that pattern differently. West states “In our efforts to build large-scale habitable complex systems […]


Video: Christopher Alexander’s Search for Beauty in Architecture

Christopher Alexander’s search for beauty in architecture, and in the entire man-made environment, was the focus of the 1st PURPLSOC 2017 Keynote presentation by Max Jacobson “A Building is not a Turkish Carpet – Patterns, Properties and Beauty”. Jacobson studied architecture at Berkeley and worked at the Center for Environmental Structure with Christopher Alexander for […]


How can Experts and Laymen Generate Better Architecture Together?

In participatory urban design, how can the interaction of experts and laymen generate better architecture? In his paper, Aurelio David shows that using pattern language together with building mockups, when integrated into a piecemeal, multi-level, pyramidal mode of participation, successfully elicits local knowledge throughout multiple stages of a design process. “Such artifacts empower citizens with […]


How can Patterns Help Strike a Balance Between Work & Family Life?

How can young people live well while both working and parenting? Today, many young people feel insecure about having and raising children while working. The pattern language ‘Ways of Everyday World-Making’ was created to help young people reduce their anxiety over becoming a working parent. Through the process the authors realised that by doing daily […]


Video: A Pattern Primer

Architect Richard Sickinger giving a primer – a short introduction talk – on patterns and the pattern language approach of Christopher Alexander. This video was filmed within the “Discover Patterns!” Newcomers Fair of the 2nd #PURPLSOC Conference (In Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change).


PURPLSOC – A Dialogue of 25 Disciplines

The Second World Conference PURPLSOC 2017 In Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change offered an overview of the newest developments in the application of the pattern language approach of Christopher Alexander in different domains, such as education, media, software development, management, pedagogy, health care, politics, social innovation, integration, art, personal development and design. Altogether 25 […]


PURPLSOC 2017 Abstracts Now Available

All 51 Abstracts of PURPLSOC 2017 – papers, presentations and workshops covering a wide range of disciplines – can now be downloaded here in a single pdf. The objective of PURPLSOC is to stimulate the attention for pattern related work, both in the scientifc community and the wider public, by showing its broad applicability and richness […]


A Look Back at PURPLSOC 2017

Second World Pattern Conference PURPLSOC 2017 – In Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change October 19th to 21st, 2017 at Danube University Krems In the last two decades, the pattern language approach of Christopher Alexander – which originated from architecture but has gone far beyond since – has been successfully implemented in a growing […]