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Progress towards the objectives


Objective 4. a new definition of the character of a zone, as a result of various space-configuring textures;
METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH
Definition of the texture as “word” in the architectural language of the interior design of a flat, following Christopher Alexander’s (1977) “Pattern Language” approach and of the character of the zone using these “words”
INSTRUMENTS
The morphologic instrument of the texture
WORK PERFORMED:
The work “Pattern language” of Christopher Alexander was narrowly looked at. One of the aspects in Alexander’s work is the participative approach. Additionally to former work on the history of participatisme in the last four decades of the 20th century, approaches in the past 10 years were looked at. These include the involvement of writers to help citizens express their participative concerns, as investigated in a seminar work led by Stephanie Brandt (UK). Another is the role of participatism in disaster recovery, for which the literature provided by the i-rec “information and research for reconstruction” network conferences was used. It was adhered to this network. The field study in l’Aquila provided a hand-on case of the lack of participatism after the 2009 earthquake, while involvement in the Web 2.0 forums on the Haiti 2010 earthquake proved the opposite. Finally the participatism in GIS was looked at. Another aspect of Alexander’s work is the connection to phenomenology. The concepts of phenomenology were looked at, and to how they can be applied for the research done in this project, interwar modern architecture. The research of Alexander led to the adherence to the International Society of Biourbanism.
The study of morphology was also deepened. Two ISI conference publications resulted from this. One of them regards spaces, thus linking to objective 5, the other regards the principle of GRID, thus the structure underlaying the organisation in the floor plan.
RESULTS:
Adherence to international networks such as i-rec or the International Society of Biourbanism, where the fellow is member of the executive board and editorial board member for the international journal.
ISI conference publications on the application of morphologic analysis to historic reinforced concrete buildings and respectively to the principles of the GRID at different geographic scales.
RELEVANCE:
Involvement (partially in leading position) in international associations dealing with the topic, publications listed in international databases and potentially to be cited.
TRAINING RECEIVED:
Seminar “Living landscapes” with Stephanie Brandt (in frame of the doctoral training). Contact was maintained for a possible contribution to a book proposal on landscapes.
Work on Christopher Alexander for the course “Research methods in architecture” (in frame of the doctoral training).