|Re: Domes, Pattern Languags,||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Thomas Alexander (Thoscompuserve.com)|
|Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 18:25:33 -0500|
>From Thomas Alexander in reply to several notes on this topic: The pattern which domes violate most strongly is "structure follows social spaces." That means, if you need this kind of room or that kind of a room, decide on the room first, then find a structure to fit it. A few people have suggested that the patterns are culture based. I don't think this one is. Regardless of your culture, if you need a building which fits in a space 30 feet wide and 60 feet long and has 3000 sqare feet of usable space, you're not going to use a dome. If you want to build a garage which holds two cars and won't take up too much of your limited yard, you won't use a dome. Secondly, everyone uses patterns whether they know it or not. Whether they use good patterns is another question. ("Define social spaces after finding a low cost structure" is IMHO an example of a bad pattern, as is "big houses on bigger lots on cul-de-sacs." "Houses should have roofs" is a good pattern - and so obvious, I doubt you'll ever see if formally written into anybody's formal pattern language.) Vinnay wrote: >>One of the really underused features of domes is that all the interior walls are non-loadbearing ... One could create and remove entire sets of rooms<< I bet C.Alexander would cringe if he read that <g>. Mike Malone wrote: >>long narrow houses and central atriums or coutyards are not appropriate for cold climates.<< I think they're very appropriate for cold climates such as upstate NY. I wouldn't recommend them for Antarctic research bases, though. Walls not only enclose indoor space, but they define outdoor space and bring a sense of the outdoors in. One wonders whether one could suggest that windows are not approprate for "cold climates." Another guy named Mike had said: >>Not in "modern geodesic domedom, but circular structures (which Thomas is citing as inappropriate for "patterns." in older civilizations and especially with indigenous people's there are gorgeous (to me) examples of a bunch of circular structures wonderfully fitting together, defining spaces, etc.<< C.Alexander actually uses a few examples of round buildings as containing good patterns. I don't believe I said that circular structures were inapproprate for good patterns. If you need a round building, for goodness sake, build a round building. However, if you need a rectangular building with well defined indoor and outdoor places, don't build a round building. Thos
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