The book A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, although sometimes slightly outdated is still a good and helpful tool for architects and designers. All the described patterns are elements of a bigger context. For example, pattern 125 – Stair seats will often occur within combination of pattern 120 – Paths and goals. This book allows you to fragmentise the complexity of architectural structures or like in this quarter public spaces. By using the patterns, you can focus on a specific element of a design. This focus helps you to reveal a design. It also helps you to see connexion between different elements.
I have chosen a diversity of different patterns. This helped me in discovering the different connexions between those patterns. My choice of patterns was based on a very conservative way of looking towards public space. This changed during the field research, which showed me a variety of ways to use public space. By picking conservative patterns I start to realize, during the design process that I might pick the wrong ones. Adjusting the research patterns during the design process could have let to different and maybe other us full insights. The specification of the different design elements helped me during the design process. By using the patterns, it helped me to focus on one single element of the design. The patterns also help you to reflect on your design, give you something to hold on during a presentation and makes something complex more understandable. As I sad before a design is made out of patterns, the patterns don’t make the design. I think this is very important to realise, otherwise we might and up with a big similarity of public spaces. Which already happens.
Public space is something that really started interesting me. Public space is everywhere, from the walkways till parks and squares. The exiting thing to me about public space is the fact that it is public, open for everyone to be used. This contains a lot of responsibility, but also a chance to influence a certain area. Public space has a lot to do with moments, a fraction of your day or a moment in your daily life. It can also be a place to go, because of his location, his usage, his vibe or events. In a public space the public takes over an active roll, this should not be forgotten during a design process. It is certainly possible to over design a public space. I think this could happen very fast.