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This is the final version of my presentation at ISSS 2018.
In this paper, I explore to what extend the development of a pattern literacy can serve the understanding, orientation and design of complex systems, while attempting to cross epistemological and ontological divides. In particular, I examine the role of patterns as decoding and encoding tools, and their potential to enable the breaking down and construction of architectures of meaning at various levels of granularity, starting from our perceptions of the world as we encounter and make sense of it, to the habits we take and behaviors we display as we interact with it, and finally to the more elaborate designs we unleash in the world intentionally or not, that may take a life of their own. I then examine how the versatility and ‘plasticity’ of the concept of pattern and forms that patterns take, can help recursively decode and encode different views and perspectives of knowledge and reality both in understanding and design, and reflect on how patterns can be used in interpretive methods of inquiry and creative thinking to respond to the challenges I described above.
Apologies for the redundancy. Slideshare has eliminated the reupload feature that allowed us to make corrections and clarify things after initial posting, making redundant postings inevitable, and duplicating the work each time a new version is posted. This is a serious impediment to good data and knowledge management and knowledge sharing.