In a World Where Buildings are Alive	

Architects are More Like Gardeners
LIVING
FUTURE“We learn from our gardens to deal ...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
ARIEL STEUER
TOM KUBALA
THE KUBALA WASHATKO ARCHITECTS
C E D A R B U R G , W I S C O N S I N
Personal stor...
1. See how pattern writing can bring a new
kind of accuracy to your work.	

2. See how the process of Pattern Writing can
...
Chapter One:	

 	

 On Undividedness and Beauty
ChapterTwo:	

	

 	

 Can a Building be Alive enough to Smile?
ChapterThre...
1 On Undividedness and Beauty
“It is shown that both in
relativity theory and
quantum theory, notions
implying the undivid...
We presume	

that the world is undivided, 	

whole and meaningful,	

that a Unity of Creation 	

Exists and it is Beautifu...
1
“Wholeness is grounded in
that which is fundamentally
conducive to life.”	

	

Stuart Cowan
Minnesota Tall Grass Prairie
1
“Wholeness is grounded in
that which is fundamentally
conducive to life.”	

	

Stuart Cowan
1
Undivided	

=	

Whole	

=	

Healthy	

=	

Beautiful	

=	

Alive
1
2 Can a Building be Alive enough to Smile?
“People are not perfect
(except when they
smile).”	

Author Unknown
“All the ...
Can a Building be Alive?
1
2 First things first…
Ask audience “what makes a building ‘alive’ in their opinion
What is it that makes a
Building Alive?
1
2 If so…
Ask audience “what makes a building ‘alive’ in their opinion
1
2
How can I recognize one?
If a building can be alive…
1
2 As architects, it eventually comes to this…
How can I make one?
1
2
What’s stopping me?
1
2
3 Reduced to Tears
“Our times are driven by the
inestimable energies of the
mechanical mind…”	

John O’Donohue
Reductionism’s Henchmen1
2
3
The theory that every
complex phenomenon,
especially in biology or
psychology, can be
explain...
1
2
3
Surrounded
1
2
3
“the first effect of the lines
is the only effect they will
ever have, no amount of
pondering will make them
glow”	

...
1
2
3
“There is an unseemly
coarseness to our times
which robs the grace from
our textures of language,
feeling and presen...
Surrounded by Reductionism1
2
3
What was a fully alive
ecosystem becomes…	

	

Leveled parcels of zoned uses connected to
...
Stylistic Thinking1
2
3
4
3
4
1
2
3
concepts are usually fashionably avant-garde & architect-centric
A Style driven process starts with a concept
3
Functions are made to fit the concept
4
1
2
3
virtually ignoring the complex richness of Culture & Place
3
4
1
2
33
4
1
2
33
1. forces designers to stop listening.	

2. is not easily shared.	

3. must over-simplify complexity.	

4. is deaf to ecol...
Mechanistic Thinking
1
2
3
4
Descartes held that
non-human animals
could be reductively
explained as
automata.	

	

De hom...
1
2
3
4
Mechanistically driven process
‘Rooms’ are often considered the real parts of a building
3
Programmed Space
Progra...
1
2
3
4
reduced to the measurement of its Energy Utilization Intensity
3
“High Performance” buildings are often conceived ...
1. fragments a larger continuity.	

2. discounts Feeling & Emotions.	

3. marginalizes Art & Beauty by definition.	

4. is ...
So, what way of thinking	

has a better chance at
producing a building 	

that is alive?
1
2
3
4
3
The Dance that is a Pattern
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
“…when we find ourselves
in a place of great beauty,
clarity, recognition and
...
Eddy1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
What isn’t a Pattern
A Pattern is a recognizable
dance between human activity
and the built and/or natural
environment.
1
...
Eddy as PART1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Thinking about how the world is organized.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Eddy as a differentiation of the whole
Slater’s Hammer: a dense nesting of patterns1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
What isn’t a Pattern
A Pattern is whole, in that it
excludes nothing and is
connected to everything.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
What isn’t a Pattern
A Pattern can be archetypal,
crossing cultures and history.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
What isn’t a Pattern
When a building is alive,
Patterns occur at all levels of
scale, nested in a continuous,
unbroken fiel...
What isn’t a Pattern
Do Patterns represent the
Authentic Parts of the 	

Built and Natural World?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2 ways of seeing the PARTS of the world
AssemblyDifferentiation
Apply a TheoryBegin with the Whole
Spectator Consciousness...
Discovering Patterns
1. Observe everything, without abstraction.	

2. Hold what you observe in your mind.	

3. Feel where ...
Center to Area Connection	

	

1.	

 The Land Ethic	

	

2.	

 Thread to a Pre-Settlement Ecology	

	

3.	

 Portals to th...
1
2
3
4
Center to Area Connection	

	

1.	

 The Land Ethic	

	

2.	

 Thread to a Pre-Settlement Ecology	

	

3.	

 Porta...
16. GatheringTogether	

17. Staff Hearth	

18. Privacy Gradient	

19. Education Hall	

20. Gradient of Classroom Sizes	

2...
16. GatheringTogether	

17. Staff Hearth	

18. Privacy Gradient	

19. Education Hall	

20. Gradient of Classroom Sizes	

2...
9
New Front Door	

	

The bottleneck at the current front door
and lobby cannot be repaired without either
reducing the nu...
5
The Community Crossing	

	

With the contemplated addition of 	

15-20,000 sf of new facilities, it will be a
challenge ...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Patterns as Poetry.	

The Creative Power of
Metaphor.
The hearer participates!	

Meaning is not imposed or
predetermined.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
“…a process must occur for
the metapho...
“LandscapeVisits theWriter”
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
A pattern title for an in-
progress design of a Writers’
Retreat Center in Wis...
1
2
3
4
The Beauty of Becoming
“Architects are much too
concerned with the design of
the world, and not yet
concerned enou...
Nature models a living process: Morphogenisis
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
from the Greek morphê:
shape and genesis: creation,
literall...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Gene expression vs. Genetic blueprint
intra-genome complexity gene-centric view
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Patterns’ Unfolding Potential
“…the beautiful offers us
an invitation to order,
coherence and unity.”	

	
...
1. Discover ALL the forces at play.	

2. Identify recurring conflicts, diagnosis.	

3.Write patterns, gain consensus.	

4. ...
Order is not only helpful, its crucial, 	

promoting smooth unfolding
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3...
1. NationalTreasure	

2. Bike, Bus & Walk	

3. Parking Pockets	

4. Shuttle System	

5. Auto Underground	

6. The Dance of...
Unfolding… Site Constraints & Conditions
Setbacks
Protected Views
Sacred Ground
Untouchability 	

Gradient
First Unitarian...
Unfolding… Probable Locations for the proposed Addition	

First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Geometry meets Pattern
9. New Front Door	

	

Create a new prime
door and lobby sized
appropriately to
handle anticipated
...
60˚
New Auditorium
Geometry meets PatternUnfolding…
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
HS
SELECT.
dn
1R
up
4R
up
2R
up
1R
FIREPLACE
UP
UPUP
UP UP
DN
BA
LC
ONY
TERRACE
dow
n
dow
n
17R
dow
n
dow
n
B3
Open Office
B...
D15.1
Plenum
D12.1
Storage
D13.1
Storage
D14.1
Storage
B8
Corridor
ST
Cart
File
File
File
Flat
File
(5) New Adjustable
She...
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
National Treasure ripple effect
Feeling as a guide/validati...
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
Completed Project1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Completed Project
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
Completed Project1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
Completed Project1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
Completed Project1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Completed Project
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Completed Project
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Completed Project
First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
To Beautify the Gaze
“Ultimately beauty is a
profound illumination of
presence, a stirring of the
invisibl...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Writing Patterns requires a
new kind of education, one
steeped in the ability to
recognize wholeness when ...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
“Both the gaze that sees and
the object that is seen
construct themselves
simultaneously in the one act
of v...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
“You are asked to record your
own inner feeling, your own
inner wholeness - and this is
used then as the m...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8 Thoughts & Questions
“What Beauty is can never
be finally said.”	

John O’Donohue
saying Beauty deals with ...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Pattern Writing is a way
forward. The making of 	

Living Buildings demands 	

a Design Process 	

that is...
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1. allows the subtlest kinds of information to
migrate, untrammeled, into the design/
construction process...
Within it’s outlook are ways to resolve many of the significant problems of our time.	

Operates in the everyday practical...
LIVING
FUTURE
T H A N K Y O U !STUDIO@TKWA.COM
STUDIO@TKWA.COM
STUDIO@TKWA.COM
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

With Notes: In A World Where Buildings Are Alive, Architects Are More Like Gardeners

249 views

Published on

How does a tomato come to life? You don’t assemble a tomato like a machine. You don’t conceptualize it like a work of abstract art. A successful gardener merely creates the conditions that allow life to unfold. If we seek to create buildings that have more “life”, can the design profession learn from the wisdom of a gardener? Is there a way of thinking about design, and a process, that offers a pathway to more life-filled buildings and spaces? In this presentation, members of TKWA, an architectural and interior design firm with 25 years of Pattern writing experience, demonstrate how to break out of the profession’s familiar, yet limiting, Cartesian design framework. Ariel Steuer and Tom Kubala will articulate and demonstrate how written Patterns, as developed by Christopher Alexander, can support a pathway to beauty, inspiration, and buildings imbued with life.

Published in: Design
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
249
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
2
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
3
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

With Notes: In A World Where Buildings Are Alive, Architects Are More Like Gardeners

  1. 1. In a World Where Buildings are Alive Architects are More Like Gardeners LIVING FUTURE“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” Wendell Berry Don LaFontaine…”Thunder Throat”
  2. 2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ARIEL STEUER TOM KUBALA THE KUBALA WASHATKO ARCHITECTS C E D A R B U R G , W I S C O N S I N Personal stories : why patterns
  3. 3. 1. See how pattern writing can bring a new kind of accuracy to your work. 2. See how the process of Pattern Writing can be Creative in its own right. 3. Consider a New Definition of Beauty and Inspiration. 4. Recognize how Pattern Writing can bring Beauty and Inspiration into a central role in the making of buildings. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Targets of Understanding1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  4. 4. Chapter One: On Undividedness and Beauty ChapterTwo: Can a Building be Alive enough to Smile? ChapterThree: Reduced to Tears Chapter Four: The Dance that is a Pattern Chapter Five: The Beauty of Becoming Chapter Six: Patterns’ Unfolding Potential Chapter Seven: To Beautify the Gaze Thoughts & Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  5. 5. 1 On Undividedness and Beauty “It is shown that both in relativity theory and quantum theory, notions implying the undivided wholeness of the universe would provide a much more orderly way of considering the general nature of reality.” David Joseph Bohm “The physics of beauty is one department of natural science still in the Dark Ages. Not even the manipulators of bent space have tried to solve its equations. Everybody knows, for example, that the autumn landscape in the north woods is the land, plus a red maple, plus a ruffed grouse. In terms of conventional physics, the grouse represents only a millionth of either the mass or the energy of an acre. Yet subtract the grouse and the whole thing is dead. An enormous amount of some kind of motive power has been lost.” Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac
  6. 6. We presume that the world is undivided, whole and meaningful, that a Unity of Creation Exists and it is Beautiful. 1
  7. 7. 1 “Wholeness is grounded in that which is fundamentally conducive to life.” Stuart Cowan Minnesota Tall Grass Prairie
  8. 8. 1 “Wholeness is grounded in that which is fundamentally conducive to life.” Stuart Cowan
  9. 9. 1 Undivided = Whole = Healthy = Beautiful = Alive
  10. 10. 1 2 Can a Building be Alive enough to Smile? “People are not perfect (except when they smile).” Author Unknown “All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.” Chris Hart Smiling cannot be analyzed mechanically. It has much more to do with wholeness. Smiling, it turns out, isn’t so easy to understand. Especially for a building.
  11. 11. Can a Building be Alive? 1 2 First things first… Ask audience “what makes a building ‘alive’ in their opinion
  12. 12. What is it that makes a Building Alive? 1 2 If so… Ask audience “what makes a building ‘alive’ in their opinion
  13. 13. 1 2 How can I recognize one? If a building can be alive…
  14. 14. 1 2 As architects, it eventually comes to this… How can I make one?
  15. 15. 1 2 What’s stopping me?
  16. 16. 1 2 3 Reduced to Tears “Our times are driven by the inestimable energies of the mechanical mind…” John O’Donohue
  17. 17. Reductionism’s Henchmen1 2 3 The theory that every complex phenomenon, especially in biology or psychology, can be explained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanisms that are in operation during the phenomenon. STYLISTICTHINKING MECHANISTICTHINKING “It deals in pure and simple shapes, often at the expense of problem solving.” Robert A.M. Stern
  18. 18. 1 2 3 Surrounded
  19. 19. 1 2 3 “the first effect of the lines is the only effect they will ever have, no amount of pondering will make them glow” Robert C. Morgan Beauty vs. Glamour April 2014
  20. 20. 1 2 3 “There is an unseemly coarseness to our times which robs the grace from our textures of language, feeling and presence.” John O’Donohue Surrounded Professionally May 2014
  21. 21. Surrounded by Reductionism1 2 3 What was a fully alive ecosystem becomes… Leveled parcels of zoned uses connected to customers and services by a vehicle conveyance system.
  22. 22. Stylistic Thinking1 2 3 4 3
  23. 23. 4 1 2 3 concepts are usually fashionably avant-garde & architect-centric A Style driven process starts with a concept 3
  24. 24. Functions are made to fit the concept 4 1 2 3 virtually ignoring the complex richness of Culture & Place 3
  25. 25. 4 1 2 33
  26. 26. 4 1 2 33
  27. 27. 1. forces designers to stop listening. 2. is not easily shared. 3. must over-simplify complexity. 4. is deaf to ecological needs. 5. lacks long term value. 4 1 2 33 Stylistic Thinking
  28. 28. Mechanistic Thinking 1 2 3 4 Descartes held that non-human animals could be reductively explained as automata. De homine, 1662 The digesting Duck of Vaucanson • 1738 3 Reductive reasoning
  29. 29. 1 2 3 4 Mechanistically driven process ‘Rooms’ are often considered the real parts of a building 3 Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed SpaceProgrammed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Programmed Space Circulation
  30. 30. 1 2 3 4 reduced to the measurement of its Energy Utilization Intensity 3 “High Performance” buildings are often conceived as energy machines Reductive reasoning
  31. 31. 1. fragments a larger continuity. 2. discounts Feeling & Emotions. 3. marginalizes Art & Beauty by definition. 4. is often imposed on Nature. 5. artificially separates Form from Function. 1 2 3 4 3 Mechanistic Thinking
  32. 32. So, what way of thinking has a better chance at producing a building that is alive? 1 2 3 4 3
  33. 33. The Dance that is a Pattern 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 “…when we find ourselves in a place of great beauty, clarity, recognition and excitement awaken in us. ” John O’Donohue
  34. 34. Eddy1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  35. 35. What isn’t a Pattern A Pattern is a recognizable dance between human activity and the built and/or natural environment. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  36. 36. Eddy as PART1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Thinking about how the world is organized.
  37. 37. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Eddy as a differentiation of the whole
  38. 38. Slater’s Hammer: a dense nesting of patterns1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  39. 39. What isn’t a Pattern A Pattern is whole, in that it excludes nothing and is connected to everything. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  40. 40. What isn’t a Pattern A Pattern can be archetypal, crossing cultures and history. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  41. 41. What isn’t a Pattern When a building is alive, Patterns occur at all levels of scale, nested in a continuous, unbroken field. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  42. 42. What isn’t a Pattern Do Patterns represent the Authentic Parts of the Built and Natural World? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  43. 43. 2 ways of seeing the PARTS of the world AssemblyDifferentiation Apply a TheoryBegin with the Whole Spectator ConsciousnessConscious Participation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Lead into Alexander’s Fundamental Process
  44. 44. Discovering Patterns 1. Observe everything, without abstraction. 2. Hold what you observe in your mind. 3. Feel where discontinuities and features occur. 4. Name the discontinuities and features. 5. Discover the reasons for their appearance. 6. Propose a solution that resolves these forces. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Goethe story vs. Linnaeus Nina story about the Family car
  45. 45. Center to Area Connection 1. The Land Ethic 2. Thread to a Pre-Settlement Ecology 3. Portals to the Legacy 4. Home Base 5. Local Materials,Ways and Means 6. Window to the Sun 7. Rain isTreasure 8. Wall of Noise 9. Fresh Air Naturally 10. No SuchThing as Waste 31. Working Home 32. Personal Home-Base 33. The Exec’s Parlor 34. Intern Niches 35. Kitchen in the Middle 36. Copy Cell Construction Process 37. Small Machines 38. Strike While Dormant 39. A Healthy Fear of Landfills 40. Scrap Bank 41. Posting a Scrounge List Details 42. RoughTrim Daily Work 43. Working at Low Power 44. ConnectedThrough Record Keeping 45. FromTree to Stove Building to Land Connection 11. Park and Hide 12. Electric Roof 13. Positive Outdoor Space 14. Building Cluster 15. Forward Garden 16. Welcome Garden 17. Sheltered Edges 18. Gathering Under aTree 19. Seed Gathering Hall 20. Dialogue House 21. Inside-Out House 22. Leopold MemorialTrailhead Building Internal 23. Comfort Gradient 24. AcousticVariation 25. Don’tTurn on that Light! 26. Never too Far from Outdoors 27. Mudroom In-Between 28. Leopold Reading Room 29. Archival Core 30. Deep in Dialogue Organized by scale, not importance Aldo Leopold Legacy Center1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  46. 46. 1 2 3 4 Center to Area Connection 1. The Land Ethic 2. Thread to a Pre-Settlement Ecology 3. Portals to the Legacy 4. Home Base 5. Local Materials,Ways and Means 6. Window to the Sun 7. Rain isTreasure 8. Wall of Noise 9. Fresh Air Naturally 10. No SuchThing as Waste 31. Working Home 32. Personal Home-Base 33. The Exec’s Parlor 34. Intern Niches 35. Kitchen in the Middle 36. Copy Cell Construction Process 37. Small Machines 38. Strike While Dormant 39. A Healthy Fear of Landfills 40. Scrap Bank 41. Posting a Scrounge List Details 42. RoughTrim Daily Work 43. Working at Low Power 44. ConnectedThrough Record Keeping 45. FromTree to Stove Building to Land Connection 11. Park and Hide 12. Electric Roof 13. Positive Outdoor Space 14. Building Cluster 15. Forward Garden 16. Welcome Garden 17. Sheltered Edges 18. Gathering Under aTree 19. Seed Gathering Hall 20. Dialogue House 21. Inside-Out House 22. Leopold MemorialTrailhead Building Internal 23. Comfort Gradient 24. AcousticVariation 25. Don’tTurn on that Light! 26. Never too Far from Outdoors 27. Mudroom In-Between 28. Leopold Reading Room 29. Archival Core 30. Deep in Dialogue Sustainability issues are solved along with all other issues Aldo Leopold Legacy Center
  47. 47. 16. GatheringTogether 17. Staff Hearth 18. Privacy Gradient 19. Education Hall 20. Gradient of Classroom Sizes 21. Musical Suite 22. Coming of Age 23. Information is Like Food 24. Sounds Like a Green Room 25. Kitchen Party 26. Home Away from Homelessness 27. Small Child Care 28.Written Word 29.Archive 1. NationalTreasure 2. Bike, Bus & Walk 3. Parking Pockets 4. Shuttle System 5. Auto Underground 6. The Dance of Delivery 7. Open Green 8. Building Shape 9. New Front Door 10. Family of Entrances 11. Universal Access 12.Trust in God, butTie your Camel 13. Conference Capable 14. Family ofVenues 15.The Community Crossing First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 purposefully no energy patterns
  48. 48. 16. GatheringTogether 17. Staff Hearth 18. Privacy Gradient 19. Education Hall 20. Gradient of Classroom Sizes 21. Musical Suite 22. Coming of Age 23. Information is Like Food 24. Sounds Like a Green Room 25. Kitchen Party 26. Home Away from Homelessness 27. Small Child Care 28.Written Word 29.Archive 1. NationalTreasure 2. Bike, Bus & Walk 3. Parking Pockets 4. Shuttle System 5. Auto Underground 6. The Dance of Delivery 7. Open Green 8. Building Shape 10. Family of Entrances 11. Universal Access 12.Trust in God, butTie your Camel 13. Conference Capable 14. Family ofVenues 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. New Front Door 15. The Community Crossing
  49. 49. 9 New Front Door The bottleneck at the current front door and lobby cannot be repaired without either reducing the number of people utilizing that entrance, or by greatly increasing the size of the lobby, thereby altering forever its original character and presence. Problem Statement Solution Statement Create a new prime door and lobby sized appropriately to handle anticipated population levels. Give the door clear markings as to its function and importance. Locate the new front door within visual proximity of the historic entrance. First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  50. 50. 5 The Community Crossing With the contemplated addition of 15-20,000 sf of new facilities, it will be a challenge to insure that the campus feels like a single entity with various parts, not the other way around. Problem Statement Solution Statement First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition Establish a place where all paths cross. Make this place adjacent to the new front door. Give it a distinctive character, a strong place on everyone’s cognitive map. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1
  51. 51. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Patterns as Poetry. The Creative Power of Metaphor.
  52. 52. The hearer participates! Meaning is not imposed or predetermined. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 “…a process must occur for the metaphor to work effectively…” John Hatcher tenor vehicle
  53. 53. “LandscapeVisits theWriter” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A pattern title for an in- progress design of a Writers’ Retreat Center in Wisconsin. Offered by the team’s Landscape Architect: Nancy Aten
  54. 54. 1 2 3 4 The Beauty of Becoming “Architects are much too concerned with the design of the world, and not yet concerned enough with the generative processes that create the world.” Christopher Alexander 5 So, we have a list of Patterns….what happens next? Patterns in dynamic context. “…the beautiful offers us an invitation to order, coherence and unity.” John O’Donohue (this quote is on slide 54)
  55. 55. Nature models a living process: Morphogenisis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 from the Greek morphê: shape and genesis: creation, literally, beginning of the shape The process controls the organized spatial distribution of cells during the embryonic development of an organism. even our understanding of this is evolving Morphogenesis (from the Greek morphê: shape and genesis: creation, literally, "beginning of the shape") The process controls the organized spatial distribution of cells during the embryonic development of an organism.
  56. 56. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Gene expression vs. Genetic blueprint intra-genome complexity gene-centric view
  57. 57. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Patterns’ Unfolding Potential “…the beautiful offers us an invitation to order, coherence and unity.” John O’Donohue
  58. 58. 1. Discover ALL the forces at play. 2. Identify recurring conflicts, diagnosis. 3.Write patterns, gain consensus. 4. Produce pattern resolution map. 5. Obtain feedback. 6. Unfold Permutations. 7. Narrow the Choices. 8. Choose a Direction. It is roughly similar for every one of our projects Pattern Writing is a part of our overall design process 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 We first engage the eventual occupants and region in intensive sessions of listening and seeing. Listening for What? Seeing What? Attending to What? Knots,Tears or Features in the Whole
  59. 59. Order is not only helpful, its crucial, promoting smooth unfolding First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  60. 60. 1. NationalTreasure 2. Bike, Bus & Walk 3. Parking Pockets 4. Shuttle System 5. Auto Underground 6. The Dance of Delivery 7. Open Green 8. Building Shape 9. New Front Door 10. Family of Entrances 11. Universal Access 12.Trust in God, butTie your Camel 13. Conference Capable 14. Family ofVenues 15.The Community Crossing 16. GatheringTogether 17. Staff Hearth 18. Privacy Gradient 19. Education Hall 20. Gradient of Classroom Sizes 21. Musical Suite 22. Coming of Age 23. Information is Like Food 24. Sounds Like a Green Room 25. Kitchen Party 26. Home Away from Homelessness 27. Small Child Care 28.Written Word 29.Archive Organized by scale, not importance First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  61. 61. Unfolding… Site Constraints & Conditions Setbacks Protected Views Sacred Ground Untouchability Gradient First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  62. 62. Unfolding… Probable Locations for the proposed Addition First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  63. 63. Geometry meets Pattern 9. New Front Door Create a new prime door and lobby sized appropriately to handle anticipated population levels. Give the door clear markings as to its function and importance. Locate the new front door within visual proximity of the historic entrance. Unfolding… First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  64. 64. 60˚ New Auditorium Geometry meets PatternUnfolding… First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  65. 65. HS SELECT. dn 1R up 4R up 2R up 1R FIREPLACE UP UPUP UP UP DN BA LC ONY TERRACE dow n dow n 17R dow n dow n B3 Open Office B1 Classroom B4 Corridor A16 West Living Room A17 Loggia A18 Corridor A7 Conference B5 Corridor D35 Coats D36 Vestibule Elevator 1 ThyssenKrupp Seville 35 Oildraulic D33 Upper Crossing South Stair 1 D31 Link D34 Balcony Stair 3 dn 1R up 1R up 4R Existing Skylight Existing Skylight Line Of Roof Existing Skylight Existing Skylight Dn Stair 2 up 2R up 1R A8 Open Office A9 Office A10 Office A11 Office A12 Office B2 Toilet 3’-5 ” D32 Upper Crossing North 1’- 9” 1’-1 0” 2’- 0” 2’-1” 2’-1” 2’-1” 1’-9 ” Upper Level Plan New Front Door Historic Entrance First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition Geometry meets PatternUnfolding…1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  66. 66. D15.1 Plenum D12.1 Storage D13.1 Storage D14.1 Storage B8 Corridor ST Cart File File File Flat File (5) New Adjustable Shelves For Artifacts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 21 22 23 16 20 Ne w up New Ramp Ne w Ra mp HS SELECT. H C C D HC D D C H C R/F R/F up 4R@ 6” ram pup up up do wn up up 17R up up 18R B14 B13 B11 Archives B9 MHNS Office B18 RE Storage B6.1 Toilet B16.1 RE Storage B15.1 RE Storage B19 B Mech. B6 Classroom B10 Classroom B12 MHNS Storage B15 Classroom B17 Electrical B16 Classroom C5 Classroom C7 Classroom C9 Classroom C11 Classroom C12 West Court Yard D2 MHNS Storage East Court Yard D1 RE Storage D4 Mech. North D21 Kitchen D11 Ramp D10 Custodial D26 Table/Chair Storage D12 Classroom D13 Classroom D14 Classroom D15 Mech. South D17 Women Stair 1 D25 Cry Room D27 Music Storage D30 Music Rehearsal D29 Music Office D28 Music Office D23 Lower Crossing South D16 Men D5 Education Hall B6.3 Storage B10.1 RE Storage D6 Lower Crossing North D24 Auditorium B20 Corridor up D8 Women D9 Men D22 Library Unexcavated UP A Mech. 1A Mech. 2 Unexcavated Existing Raised Planter ELEC. HD Elec. do wn C13 Corridor D6.1 Corridor B2 0.1 Kitche ne tte Elev 1 D7 Coats D19 Elev. Equip. D18 AV/IT Room D20 Pantry D3 Ramp Stair 2 Stair 4 Stair 3 Rolling Cart Lower Level Plan Geometry meets PatternUnfolding… First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  67. 67. First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 National Treasure ripple effect Feeling as a guide/validation
  68. 68. First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition Completed Project1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  69. 69. Completed Project First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  70. 70. First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition Completed Project1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  71. 71. First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition Completed Project1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  72. 72. First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition Completed Project1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  73. 73. Completed Project First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  74. 74. Completed Project First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  75. 75. Completed Project First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  76. 76. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 To Beautify the Gaze “Ultimately beauty is a profound illumination of presence, a stirring of the invisible in visible form and in order to receive this, we need to cultivate a new style of approaching the world.” John O’Donohue “Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself” Hans Urs von Balthasar “The human gaze is not the closed, fixed view of a camera but is creative and constructive. Both the gaze that sees and the object that is seen construct themselves simultaneously in the one act of vision.” John O’Donohue
  77. 77. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Writing Patterns requires a new kind of education, one steeped in the ability to recognize wholeness when it occurs. Non-abstract Observation (to Beautify the Gaze p.18)
  78. 78. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 “Both the gaze that sees and the object that is seen construct themselves simultaneously in the one act of vision.” John O’Donohue The duck or rabbit can be reconstructed without changing a line.
  79. 79. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 “You are asked to record your own inner feeling, your own inner wholeness - and this is used then as the measure of the degree of life in some system you are observing.” Christopher Alexander from ‘The Nature of Order’
  80. 80. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Thoughts & Questions “What Beauty is can never be finally said.” John O’Donohue saying Beauty deals with only a small slice of its larger reality
  81. 81. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pattern Writing is a way forward. The making of Living Buildings demands a Design Process that is Alive.
  82. 82. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1. allows the subtlest kinds of information to migrate, untrammeled, into the design/ construction process. 2. organizes design intent. 3. builds consensus amongst design team, client group and stake holders. 4. educates client who becomes a quality design critic. 5. stimulates visualization. Pattern Writing
  83. 83. Within it’s outlook are ways to resolve many of the significant problems of our time. Operates in the everyday practical realm of doing and making. Its general approach is one of affirming life. Healing the built environment while healing oneself. Its conclusions are being drawn from a wide diversity of sources. It is general enough for artistic and scientific problems to merge. Relies on scientific rigor and a thirst for objective knowledge. Relies on PROCESS. This Architecture unfolds through the operation of a fundamental process similar to natural organic growth and maintenance dynamics. Because of its focus on a shareable language, the discussion of matters normally considered ‘subjective’ becomes possible. Everyone can contribute. The maturation of one’s spiritual self is both a requirement and a benefit of Living- Based Building. It offers a clear way of seeing the world. Requires acquiring the fundamental skill of unveiled, objective choosing. A skill basic to learning anything well. Healthy: Pragmatic: Optimistic: Robust: Disciplined: Dynamic: Cooperative: Fulfilling: Educational: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 …and Further Hints at a “World Where Buildings are Alive…”
  84. 84. LIVING FUTURE T H A N K Y O U !STUDIO@TKWA.COM
  85. 85. STUDIO@TKWA.COM
  86. 86. STUDIO@TKWA.COM

×