| Call for Abstracts | Registration
for building patterns communities
London Knowledge Lab
The construct of design pattern is often summarised as "the core
of a solution to a problem in context". What, then, is the problem
that design patterns solve, and in which contexts?
As design patterns break new grounds in educational research and practice,
challenging questions arise: how do we engage new audiences in the pattern
paradigm? How do we adapt the form and modes of use of patterns to make
them useful in diverse realms of practice? Why do we have such a strong
conviction in the value of design patterns?
The tradition of design patterns refers to concepts such as "timelessness"
and "expertise". These are problematic in a world of accelerating
change. Yet another fundamental principle is accentuated; the need to
establish robust design languages capable of capturing the complexity
of problems in our environment and offering verifiable solutions. I
argue that design-level discourse is imperative in many critical domains
of human activity, and that patterns should play a central role in such
discourse. Over the last few years, my colleagues and I have been developing
a methodology for participatory workshops for practical design patterns.
This methodology has emerged from the "Learning Patterns"
project, and is being refined by the "Pattern Language Network"
In this talk, I will describe the methodology, its history and future
plans, and provide some illustrative examples. I will also highlight
some of the fundamental questions which is provokes.
to program schedule