Fundamental behavioral properties, Part I: Extending the theory of centers for pattern language 3.0

Takashi Iba, Arisa Kamada, Yuma Akado, Takuya Honda, Alice Sasabe, Sakurako Kogure

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Christopher Alexander explored the hidden quality in a town or a building and defined the concepts of wholeness and centers in his book, The Nature of Order. He said that the whole becomes lively when centers intensify each other and proposed fifteen fundamental properties that describe how centers intensify each other. These properties are geometrical so it is still unknown whether it will work for things that are hard to perceive only by shapes or spatial characteristics, such as human actions or society. In this paper, we present the fundamental behavioral properties of lively human actions, found through the investigation of human activity Pattern Languages on the basis of Alexander's theory of wholeness and center. Out of the 24 properties we found, we introduce 6 properties in this paper: 1. BOOTSTRAP, 2. SOURCE, 3. SPREADING, 4. ATTRACTION, 5. INVOLVING, and 6. TOGETHERNESS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, EuroPLoP 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450338479
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 8
Event20th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, EuroPLoP 2015 - Irsee, Germany
Duration: 2015 Jul 82015 Jul 12

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other20th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, EuroPLoP 2015


  • Behavioral properties
  • Christopher alexander
  • Pattern language
  • Wholeness and center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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