Conference 2017


During the last two decades, an increasing number of patterns, pattern languages, and case studies describing their successful application have been published in a wide range of disciplines.

The objective of the PURPLSOC world conference is 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.

puarlFollowing a very successful PURPLSOC 2015, the world conference #PURPLSOC2017 will be hosted by Danube University Krems from Thursday, October 19th to Saturday 21st, 2017. PURPLSOC takes place every two years on an alternating basis with the International PUARL Conference at the University of Oregon in Portland.

PURPLSOC provides a forum for scholars from a variety of fields as well as for a broad audience of practitioners and students to come together and discuss topics such as:

  • Architecture, Urbanism and Regional Development
  • Design, Media, Arts & IT
  • Pedagogy, Education and Learning
  • Social Activism, Social Innovation and Grassroots Movement
  • Everyday Applications and Additional Disciplines


PURPLSOC 2017 provides a platform for the presentation and discussion of more than 50 Contributions from 13 countries – including Japan, the United States and Europe – in the areas of social change, architecture, design, pedagogy and pattern science. For an overview of all topics please download the complete programme by clicking below:


  1. Have a look at the Call for Papers/Contributions
  2. Contributions will be published in the PURPLSOC 2017 proceedings
  3. Take a look at the Conferece Programme
  4. Subscribe to the Newsletter for updates
  5. Have a look at the Media page for more material

Committee Members

Keynote Speakers