Pattern language


  • Jane Lawrence University of South Australia
  • Rachel Hurst University of South Australia



Pattern, Language, Architecture


In what LeCorbusier described as 'a Homeric cleansing' of architecture?Adolf Loos presaged the dominant 20th century attitude to decoration. His essay 'Ornament and Crime' states that 'As ornament is no longer organically linked with our culture, it is no longer an expression of [it],' and further claimed that the absence of ornament '[...] is a sign of spiritual strength'.

'Pattern Languages ' was a companion studio with final year architects and interior designers. It aimed at redeeming ornamentation as an aspect of the built environment, recovering and reviving its potency as a conveyor of meaning and delight. Pattern and pattern-making were addressed in both theoretical and practical terms. The studio considered the theoretical and applied acts and arts of patterning on macro and micro scales, informed by historical and contemporary readings.


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How to Cite

Lawrence, Jane, and Rachel Hurst. 2001. “Pattern Language”. Idea Journal 2 (1):56-69.



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