טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentSeitelbach Sharon
SubjectA Method for Creating Planning Specifications Based on
Alexander's "Pattern Language"
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisor Professor Daniel Gat


Abstract

The method for creating planning specifications based on Alexander's “Pattern-Language” has been applied in this study as a strategy for reviving Dizengoff Street and its environment in Tel-Aviv.


The approach uses quasi-grammar rules, also known as patterns, which present a collection of planning specifications. They are connected by logical ties, and together constitute "a network of patterns”. This network can be presented in a graphical-visual way, leading to a very clear and precise presentation of it in front of different interested groups, for evaluation and improvement.


The uniqueness of the approach presented in here, is in being an integrative method through which problems can be addressed from an economic, social, environmental and spatial perspective.


For this purpose, three "Super-Patterns" were positioned at the base of the network: Economy, Society and Environment. Having the combination of the aforementioned contributes to the achievement of shared goals, and the creation of a renewed "sustainable planning”.


Within this study I authored 49 designed patterns regarding the issue of Dizengoff street renewal in Tel-Aviv, encompassing categorization and analysis of problems, illustration of similar handling according to reviews of world cases, and finally, characterization of a design solution. 24 out of these 49 patterns - those judged to be the most important and representative - were selected and transformed into a survey questioner for evaluation by a panel of professional planners.


The research contributes at two main levels: First, at the theoretical level - it presents a method for creating and communicating planning specifications based on Alexander's Patterns of method, while modifying it to encompass the notion of "Sustainable Development". Second, at the practical level - it produces a first round of graded recommendations for concrete solution ideas which may assist in the revival process of Dizengoff Street.

This method, for creating planning specifications based on Alexander's “Pattern-Language” bridges between theoretic and empiric knowledge, gleaned from world-wide case-studies and the act of spatial planning and design. Its strength lies in its ability to produce a realistic planning program, attached to the place's needs, time and community. The method's products, which are actually the design recommendations and characterization of formal solutions, should receive an additional dimension of depth and personal interpretation of the designer