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On the dangers of pattern languages

10 October 2010

Derek Thomson

I finalised these words today.  Quite pleased with them:

Researchers are attempting to determine if the patterns in these design manuals are true representations of stakeholders’ genuine aspirations or if they have been adopted by stakeholders as convenient pseudo-aspirations in the absence of means of expressing their collective cognition of value.  Such study is timely as the private sector is rapidly adopting similar design manuals that promote compliance with sustainable design paradigms, such as the principles of BREEAM and PassivHaus, without first confirming that these technologically-oriented pattern languages reflect stakeholders’ expectations and aspirations for more sustainable buildings and associated lifestyles.

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