Reflection on project
Reflection on 'A Pattern Language - Christopher Alexander'
A pattern language, written by Christopher Alexander, is really helpful to understand urban space related to human behaviour. It provides a 'manual' for urban designers. Although the book is published in the seventies, most patterns are still valid. Patterns such as 'high places' or 'small public squares' are based on the principle of human instinct/feelings. Instinct that will not evolve in the near future.
"People feel attracted to high places. This is just the instinct of our species". This statement of the attraction of high places, is confirmed by my observations on the Schouwburgplein. People (esspecially children) are very satisfied by a colourful bump on the square. For children, this is a high place, which they can play on. For adults, the bump creates a place to overview the square. By testing this pattern, I could find out wether the pattern is still valid in 2019.
This is one example of how valid the pattern are in 2019. Not all patterns are still valid. For instance the pattern 'green streets'. That pattern says that you should provide streets, which mainly consist of grass, and has a path formed by paving stones. This is mainly meant for low-trafic-intensity areas. Since the trafic intensity has grown massively, this pattern will only work for places like bungalow parcs, and dead-end streets. Not quite what the pattern was intended for. So this pattern is a bit outdated.
To conclude, I think this book is really helpful for urban designers. The patterns can be very accurate, but also outdated. This validation should be tested before involving them into your design. When the validation is confirmed, the patterns can improve your design.