Grounded patterns: creating a socio-spatial language for residents’ participation in cohousing landscapes

Aimee Louise Felstead, Kevin Thwaites

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Abstract

Since 'A Pattern Language' was published in 1977, it has inspired students, practitioners and communities to create places that reflect a timeless human quality. The purpose of a pattern is to succinctly document, communicate, and implement commonly occurring and well-functioning ideas in a particular setting, to offer anyone the ability to replicate them in their everyday environment. Despite this, methods for identifying patterns and collating them into a language remain ambiguous. This paper advances a grounded approach to identifying patterns and collating them into a language through the study of cohousing residents' participation in shared outdoor spaces. As well as outlining a grounded pattern methodology, the research aims to test the pattern language as a collaborative tool for residential communities and design practitioners and explore the wider contribution to urban theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form
Subtitle of host publication"Urban Form and the Sustainable and Prosperous City"
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Pages732-744
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • pattern languages
  • grounded theory
  • residential landscapes
  • cohousing

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