∂ part of node [[patterning]]
a book club
- go https://lorand.earth/patterning/
- pull reading alexander christopher-alexander-reading-group
- git https://github.com/JonathanLorand/patterning
- stoa git
- pull notes on the synthesis of form notsof
- pull a pattern language apl
- pull the timeless way of building ttwob
- initial meeting in late february 2020
- personal and group note taking
- dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5rf0aq0hky456nz/AAAZi2LtJBWxHr7t-pFmuk-Pa?dl=0
- tension between writing something understandable for everyone and going deep
- thing with the lightbulbs ended up attracting a lot of attention
- the other "leg" is chapter 15, using feelings.
- ultimately would love to have some text that has a couple of the ideas that were interesting, drilling down on those.
- interaction between the environment and people
- there is something in the environment, in the object themselves, which encodes ways of behaviour
- ezra klein podcast and the extended mind
- you can divorce the form/pattern, reuse it in different ways
- a pattern language is a collection of forms
- extended mind -> a way of getting around the 'problem' of feeling
in architecture we're always looking at plans
- you can take the form of a plan, take it into a different context and use it in a different way
lorand love the list of paradoxes
when you went back to the toy model, did you understand it better?
- got incremental understanding
- didn't go all the way into convincing myself with the actual mathematical proof
- flancian celullar automata, game of life
- lorand entropy and diversity
simon often work with planning laws, which interact with data variables (traffic, rate of light, etc.).
- there is also a decisive factor: the qualities you want in the building you are trying to build.
- flancian how do you think about the time variable in architecture? aging in buildings, entropy :)
- you begin a project with a long list of requirements that you have to meet -- but those are day one. unclear how they will evolve over the years.
modularity aids upgradability in information theory
- are building upgrades modular?
- simon 60s-70s: yes. but that failed :) see capsule hotel, which remained unchanged because people liked it how it was.
- but often it's the older building stock that is easiest to upgrade -- you can tear down walls and build new walls easily.
are there typical reasons that projects fail?
- bad context: buildings placed in the wrong place/without the right support
- buildings that are built with a very specific use, e.g. a fashion center when the fashion industry is moving away
- hard to adapt office to residential and residential to office
are there any projects that are designed to have a short timespan, or need continuous updating?
- classic project by alejandro aravena: https://www.archdaily.com/797779/half-a-house-builds-a-whole-community-elementals-controversial-social-housing
- it's hard to know the needs of the future, so he built half a house and left the other half up to the user
- japanese architecture doesn't value longevity the same way
- requirements elicitation
- Q: would patterns of pattern connectivity be interesting?
armengol lorand simon flancian
- flancian proposal: meet a few more times but perhaps more spaced out?
- simon sounds good. july works for me.
- lorand summer sounds more certain than fall; unclear what commitments will be like in fall.
armengol uncertainty about august.
- interested in summarizing the experience, some meta.
- writing something together/individually