A pattern language for sacred secular places

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Title: A pattern language for sacred secular places
Author: Joseph, Melanie Rachel
Abstract: ? ?Pattern Language ? ? is a term popularized by Christopher Alexander and his coauthors of the book A Pattern Language : Towns , Buildings , Construction , Sara Ishikawa , and Murray Silverstein in the late 1970 ? ?s . Though intended to enable every citizen to design and construct their own home , pattern language never quite caught up with those in the field of architecture , mostly because of its lack of flexibility . The core idea of Alexander ? ?s pattern language was to arm architects , designers , and the common people with a tool that would empower them to make informed decisions related to designing places that would comply with their needs and wants . What architecture needs the most today is the ability to heal and invigorate . I believe that contemporary architecture lacks such places that enable occupants to connect and communicate with what is within and what is without . A number of studies have proven that universally sacred (a majority of which are religious in function ) places are charged with energies that could contribute towards this process . The energies , also referred to as ? ?patterns , ? ? are the energies unique to a place that make it special and sacred (not just in the religious context but also in the secular context ) . This thesis is an attempt to derive a new pattern language for the creation of sacred ? ?secular ? ? places like our homes and work places which draw from the pattern lists that have been proposed in four separate instances by authors including Christopher Alexander and Phillip Tabb . This new pattern list is aimed at providing architects and designers with a tool for creating secular places with an element of sacrality without having to taking on a religious meaning .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3741
Date: 2006-08-16


A pattern language for sacred secular places. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3741 .

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