In his books “A Pattern Language” and “The Nature of Order” noted architect Christopher Alexander puts forth an environmental design theory that lays out the conceptual and applied foundation for a new way of creating living environments. Some of the key principles he proposes are “Pattern language”, “Design sequences”, “Geometry of space”, and “Building as making”. The author has built from and extended these principles in developing an interior design teaching model which aims to create environments with humane and livable qualities. This paper explores answers to the following questions: 1) What are the critical principles of Alexander’s theoretical framework? 2) How can faculty build from these principles and apply them in a capstone interior design studio? 3) How do students respond to this teaching model? 4) How can faculty apply, assess and improve this model? Therefore, the paper will present the model developed and describe how it was applied in a capstone interior design studio. The paper concludes with findings and implications, and recommends that this methodology has potential and should be developed further.
|Keywords:||Christopher Alexander, Humane Design, Pattern Language, Generative Design, Building as Making, Interior Design, Capstone Interior Design Studio|
Associate Professor, Interior Design,, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,, College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Northridge, California, USA
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