Design Patterns and Living Architecture

By Nikos A. Salingaros

Design Patterns and Living Architecture, Sustasis Press, Portland, Oregon (2017: 72 pages) contains ten essays originally published online by Metropolis, plus an appendix that reprints an older article -- free chapters below.

Paper booklet is available in: ENGLISH | LITHUANIAN Part 1, Part 2

EBook is available from: Amazon [Australia, Brasil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK, USA], and other formats from Barnes&Noble, FNAC, Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo.

A promised new era of unprecedented design innovation has as its goal to generate a humane, healing environment for the user. This booklet aims to educate practicing architects, students, and the general public about design patterns, while discrediting image-based design. The pattern method establishes practical guidelines for creating life in the built environment. Design patterns are a remarkably prescient methodology that is only now finding its most profound expression. Patterns contain the seeds of a new yet timeless, adaptive approach to architecture.


As the individual chapters are published online, a student can print most of this booklet for free (note that the chapters have been re-numbered):

Chapters 1-6 of the formatted booklet are available HERE.

Chapter 7, "Living Patterns As Tools Of Adaptive Design".

Chapter 8, "Abandoning Hostile Design for a Living Architecture".

Chapter 9, "On Cognitive Dissonance and The Architectural Canon".

Chapter 10, "What Ancient Chinese Philosopher Mo-Tzu Can Teach Designers Today".

The appendix "Pattern Language and Interactive Design" is available online HERE.


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