CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Through a precise and expansive definition of what a pattern is, this book
offers ways to understand and use patterns in contemporary design.
From the structure of the universe to the print on your grandmother’s couch,
patterns are found in a variety of concrete and conceptual phenomena. For
architecture, something that so easily traffics between science and taste
demands attention, which partially explains patterns’ recent revival across
diverse stylistic and intellectual camps. Yet, despite their ubiquity, their
resurgence remains un-theorized and their capabilities underutilized. To date
no account has been given for their recent proliferation, nor have their
various formal and functional capacities been examined. In fact, the
relationship between patterns and architecture hasn’t been addressed in almost
This book fills that gap by tracking the definitions and applications of
patterns in a number of fields, and by suggesting how contemporary patterns
might be used in design. Drawing on historical material and recent case
studies, it gives shape to patterns’ emerging potential. The Architecture of
Patterns provides an updated definition of patterns that is at once precise and
expansive—one that allows their sensory, ephemeral, and iterative traits to be
taken as seriously as their functional, everlasting, and essential ones.
Book design by David Carson. Foreword by Sanford Kwinter. Projects by Atelier
Manferdini, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ciro Najle, EMERGENT/Thomas Wiscombe, Foreign
Office Architects, Jason Payne and Heather Roberge, Herzog and de Meuron, J.
Mayer H. Architects, Reiser+Umemoto, Responsive Systems Group, and !ndie
architecture. 35 four-color illustrations