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Pattern Theory: Introduction and Perspectives on the Tracks of Christopher Alexander (pattern research series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 10, 2015
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (March 10, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1505637430
- ISBN-13 : 978-1505637434
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.37 x 9 inches
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I own the original German edition of this book "Mustertheorie", which I have never been able to read because I don't speak German. But that book is popular in the German-speaking world, both among the software and architecture communities. It is very good to have the english version now available as well. One improvement is that the English edition includes Leitner's diagrams of Alexander's "Fifteen Fundamental Properties", which were not present in the German edition. I used those diagrams, with Leitner's permission, in my own book "Algorithmic Sustainable Design". The properties codify universal attributes of coherent form, with applications to a multitude of structures, physical as well as abstract ones.
The way we design things is evolving, yet in many applications, our society is stuck in a dead end. Recent human creations too often disconnect with nature, and depend upon a frightening waste of energy. New forces are pushing for a renewal of design education that brings in innovative material, and which makes possible true sustainability and resilience. We need a new set of authorities to provide those solutions, and Christopher Alexander is one of them. This book by Helmut Leitner is, in my opinion, on the list of essential readings for learning about the new direction in design thinking.
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I use this book to encourage and inspire people who want a better world, to delve into Alexander's ideas.
"Pattern Theory" has become a valuable guide in our research and teaching on patterns in the business world. While Alexander was originally working in fields such as architecture and urban planning, his ideas can also be transferred to other areas of human life and social interaction. Leitner's book is the perfect introduction and guide to support the application of pattern theory beyond its original fields of study.