Download a draft copy of A Pattern Language For Growing Regions

APLFGR COver56 new patterns will address new challenges, including rapid urbanization, declining public space, urban sustainability, new technology, economic tools and strategies, geometric patterns, and more.  This draft version will be finalized later in 2019, along with an on-line repository of these and other new patterns, based on Ward Cunningham's new federated wiki.  Ward was the inventor of Wiki, and a pioneer of "pattern languages of programming" -- for which he developed the first wiki.  His new "federated wiki" has exciting new capabilities which we hope to exploit in the new repository.  Ward is a board member of Sustasis Foundation and Sustasis Press.

Our goal is to exploit the powerful successes of wikis, pattern languages of programming, and other outgrowths of pattern languages, returning again to the challenges of cities, buildings, and public spaces. We are collaborating with many former students and colleagues of Christopher Alexander, as well as others who have used pattern languages effectively in other domains.  We are also working with people in many countries around the world. We want to make a tool that allows people in any part of the world to use, edit, add, revise and develop their own pattern languages for their own projects, contributing at the same time to a growing resource of patterns for others to share.

We invite you to help us with this exciting project! We will be pleased if you will review this copy and send any comments and suggestions.  Among other things, we need to add research citations and other details to the patterns. We expect to complete this work later in 2019, along with the online repository, and launch both before the end of 2019.

Please email your comments and other collaboration ideas to Michael "dot" Mehaffy at the Gmail domain. Download the full draft by clicking on the image of the book cover. Thank you!


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