Pattern Languages: Artists and Architectural Grammar

A Pattern Language is a seminal 1977 treatise on architecture and habitation that was influenced by the rise of programming languages, fractal logic (the idea that patterns persist across scales), and a sense that architecture – and art – are essentially human enterprises.  A Pattern Language has been recognized as influential in architecture and in software design – the phrase “design pattern” is a descendent of the core concepts the book outlines.

The artists in this exhibition, Robert Walden, Joseph Burwell, Leslie Mutchler, Amze Emmons, Ross Racine, Robert Hills, share a common fascination in and celebration of the built grammar of our lives – the syntax of roadways, the haiku of space platforms, the syncopation of tent cities, the cursive recumbence of suburban tracts, and even the intricate plumbing of the isometric view.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Saturday, September 15, 2012
    6:00 p.m.

  • Where: 

    Mt Airy Contemporary Artists Space
    25 West Mt. Airy Avenue
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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