PURPLSoc Preparatory Workshop 2014: "Pattern Languages and the Nature of Order"

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  • Prior to the inter­na­tional con­fer­ence PUR­PLSOC in July 2015, a two-​day prepara­tory work­shop will be hosted at Danube Uni­ver­sity Krems on Novem­ber 14 – 15, 2014 in Krems an der Donau, Aus­tria.

    Taken from the ideas of Christo­pher Alexan­der, the work­shop will focus on the many ways in which pat­terns can be applied to a wide range of work­ing and learn­ing envi­ron­ments to sup­port life, beauty, and whole­ness. The prepara­tory work­shop will fos­ter the cen­tral idea of the PUR­PLSOC Con­fer­ence: apply­ing the pat­tern approach to many dis­ci­plines and areas of the life-​word.

    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. We want to demon­strate how the Alexan­drian pat­tern approach can be applied to many con­tem­po­rary soci­etal dis­courses and debates.

    The focus of the dis­cus­sion and for the pub­li­ca­tion will be the 4 vol­umes “The Nature of Order” and espe­cially the liv­ing process with its (15) prop­er­ties and their structure-​preserving trans­for­ma­tions in order to unfold wholeness.

    Paper Top­ics for the Workshop

    • Expe­ri­ences and exam­ples of the Alexan­drian approach in dif­fer­ent sub­jects and dis­ci­plines Increase of the under­stand­ing of liv­ing prop­er­ties and their processes: moti­va­tion, empirical
    • evi­dence, appli­ca­tion etc.
    • The Alexan­drian approach for soci­etal change, as a new par­a­digm for social processes and innovation
    • Usages of pat­terns and pat­tern lan­guages in general

    All authors are asked to pro­vide an improved ver­sion of the paper based on the input from the work group dis­cus­sions. These final ver­sions will be pub­lished in a book that doc­u­ments the out­comes of the work­shop, which will be avail­able at the upcom­ing conference.


    • Franz Nahrada – GIVE Forschungs­ge­sellschaft, Austria
    • Hajo Neis – Uni­ver­sity of Ore­gon, Port­land, United States
    • Richard Sickinger – Danube Uni­ver­sity Krems
    • Wolf­gang Stark – Uni­ver­sity of Duisburg-​Essen, Germany
    • Tim Well­hausen – Chair of Hill­side Europe e.V., Germany

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