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PUARL 10 Year Anniversary Conference

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9:00am to 2:30pm

White Stag Block, Event Room 144
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

The future of pattern language  |  Migration, refugees, and patterns

This year we are celebrating the PUARL 10 Year Anniversary Conference in a week-long event including different organizations and critical topics all related to the study and promotion of pattern language projects, design, and research. A number of world leaders in this field will come to Portland to share their latest work.

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The Program consists of three different parts:

  • First, the Pattern Language of Projects Association (PLoP), will start the week with their own celebration program, October 24–25.
  • Another two days are conducted by the Portland Urban Architecture Research Lab (PUARL), focusing on the currently rather critical topic of ‘Migration, Refugees, and Patterns,’ October 27–28.
  • In a one-day overlap event on October 26, the two groups PUARL and (PLoP) (joined by PURPLSOC) will come together to explore the Future of Pattern Languages with project, design, and research proposals.

Dr. David Seamon will give the first-ever Christopher Alexander Lecture with the title, "Ways of Understanding Wholeness: Christopher Alexander’s work as synergistic relationality." (This event is open to the public.)

We also celebrate 45 Years of Pattern Language application and research at the University of Oregon with a lecture by Chris Ramey on his own experience of 28 years as UO planning director.

Dr. Wayne Cornelius will give the PUARL Lecture, "Constructing Deterrence in the Sage of Trump." Drs. Amelie Constant and Wolfgang Stark will portray the currently changing European refugee perspective.

Dr. Hajo Neis, the director of PUARL and organizer of the conference, expects this international meeting to have a considerable impact on two major points:

  • The Future of Pattern Language needs to be expanded with regard to a larger perspective where different disciplines can work together in a unified and synergetic fashion.
  • The Migration and refugee problem as one of a number of hugely growing world-wide problems should be addressed in a more decisively coordinated pattern language effort with actual support by the University of Oregon.


Event Type

Academic, Conference, Recurring, Portland


College of Design: School of Architecture & Environment, Department of Architecture, College of Design, College of Design: Portland

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Graduate Students, Alumni



General Attendee/Presenter Rate: $450, Student Rate: $225 (3 days) – Note: Students who volunteer for 8 hours over the 3-day conference will receive a $100 discount. To be scheduled to volunteer, send an email to:


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