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.