Yearly Archives: 2017


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 […]


Part 2 | Preface to Books 1 – 4 5

The Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe The people entrusted by society with the creation and preservation of our physical world, have become collaborators with the enemy The architect Christopher Alexander starts his preface with a stark criticism of today’s architecture and the people responsible for this development – architects, builders, planners, […]


Part 1 | Prologue to Books 1-4 33

The Nature of Order – An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe Book 1 – The Phenomenon of Life   We welcome comments and discussion points upon Alexander’s thoughts using the comments found below. Please have a look at the introduction to this reading tour to see how this […]


Christopher Alexander Reading Tour 13

An Open PURPLSOC Reading Tour and Book Discussion about Christopher Alexander’s “The Nature of Order” The Nature of Order – An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe Book One – The Phenomenon of Life Introduction Our interest in Christopher Alexander lead to the PURPLSOC Conferences of 2014 and 2015 at […]