Cosmogenic Pattern Language: Toward an Architectural Language Based on the Cosmogenic Patterns of Pre-Modernism

Abstract

Nowadays, architecture tends to follow the Modernist values that neglect the design languages inherited from the cultures of the past. This tendency leads to the separation of the present and the past that threatens the cultural continuity. This research aims to achieve cultural continuity in contemporary architecture by developing a new architectural language based on cosmogenic patterns of pre-Modernism to create buildings that preserve the inherited cultural ideas in contemporary architecture. The research used two combined analytical approaches to capture these patterns. The first was to identify the different cosmological models of pre-Modernism by adopting Edward Harrison’s classification of the developmental stages of human awareness of cosmic order. The second was to identify the cosmogenic patterns introduced by these models by adopting Christopher Alexander’s strategy for discovering and documenting patterns. This research captured the pre-Modernist cosmogenic patterns used in formulating a contemporary architectural language that reflects the inherited culture.

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    The death of Modernism was proclaimed when the Pruitt-Igoe housing in St Louis, which was a symbol of what went wrong in Modern architecture, was demolished on 15 July 1972 (Heathcott 2012).

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    The term “complex system” is adopted by complexity theory to refer to the natural whole systems that exhibit complexity in fields such as biology, physics, sociology, linguistics, and meteorology. Complexity differs from complication, as a complicated object is merely composed of some aggregations that lack the wholeness and integration that distinguish the true complexity (Taborsky 2014: 51–53).

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Allam, D., Hegazi, Y.S., Abo-Ashour, M.A. et al. Cosmogenic Pattern Language: Toward an Architectural Language Based on the Cosmogenic Patterns of Pre-Modernism. Nexus Netw J (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00004-021-00547-y

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Keywords

  • Pattern languages
  • Cosmogenic architecture
  • Cosmology history
  • Cosmic order
  • Human awareness
  • Architectural language