Venues & places

Includes also the objects (sometimes, machines or tools) that places are furnished with - as in Shepheard (1994), An essay on landscapes, buildings and machines.

Based on ¿2 here; seemingly stable settings - at least, day to day; seemingly present in the everyday environment of living and working, manifestly implicated in subsistence and wellbeing, accessible (at least in principle) to direct hands-on engagement in everyday life and work.

A person may be more or less keenly aware of a material setting - home, workplace, town, geographical landscape, etc - in which their life is conducted, furnishing for them resources on which they habitually depend or which they habitually deploy; and impacted (intentionally, unintentionally) by their own mundane actions. They may also be aware of opportunities that they have in such a setting, to skilfully send ripples of outcome through an environment, via their material interaction with persons and stuff in the setting. Much activism is ‘place based’ in this sense.


Key pattern ¿200 - Here

Patterns in this level - Venues, places, furniture

In due course this will be a narrative listing, in classic Alexander style. For now, patterns are listed in arbitrary order, §landscape first, then ¿zone . .


  • §102 - Uneven development

  • §103 - The weave of people & stuff

  • §105 - Mode of provision & access

  • §107 - Kinds of material commons

  • §108 - The country and the city

  • §109 - Tool infrastructure

  • §10A - Enclosure

  • §10B - Mutual coordination economy

  • §209 - Facilitation!

  • §2xx - Commons analytics

  • §1xx - Sectors

  • §1xx - Reduce

  • §1xx - Reuse

  • §1xx - Recycle

  • §1xx - Bring in Winkhorst

  • ¿2xx - Landscape wrights

  • ¿200 - Here

  • ¿201 - Dominant, emergent, residual

  • ¿202 - Community

  • ¿2xx - Uneven development of places

  • ¿2xx - Verandah house - Garden of quietness

  • ¿2xx - Tokens, credit

  • ¿2xx - The tool-store for conviviality   Current collection

  • ¿2xx - Search conference

  • ¿2xx - Retreat commons

  • ¿2xx - Places for genres

  • ¿2xx - Kit- Price the practice

  • ¿2xx - Get a job

  • ¿2xx - Codesign

Add-in Alexander’s best-fitting space/geography patterns
Add-in Sharing cities
Add-in solidarity economy
Add-in Preston model/new municipalism

Add-in Transition Towns
Add in Bollier & Helfrich

Made with WIX by Barefoot Doc

Technologies are pervasive - digital, profoundly so.

Direct making of society in ordinary life is central.

Theorising is essential - organic intellectuals, yay!

The State is unavoidable but a pain in the arse.

Platforms are helpful - when user controlled.

Emotions and emotional skills are pivotal.

Facilitative practice is crucial.

Commons are fundamental.