Visible Language Workshop


Christopher Alexander’s pattern language is known for providing simple, formatted, user-friendly solutions to complex design problems ranging from urban planning to interior design. A Pattern Language is significant for demystifying complex socio-spatial considerations through a simple building-block format which makes this content accessible to non-professionals and is one reason why this text is believed to be the most widely read architectural treatise ever published (Lea 1994; Alexander 1996).
My models of choice are #148 Small Work Groups and #61 Small Public Squares to compare to Slack and Facebook. Small workgroups are similar to slack. The person who initiates the meeting selects the person who needs the meeting, and then everyone enters a room for discussion to communicate. Different working groups can have face-to-face discussions, with eye contact and action communication, which may increase effective communication and feelings between team members. On slack, the history of communication can be better preserved, and everyone can open the content of the shared document according to their progress, and slack may be more convenient. Comparing small public squares and Facebook, both of them are based on a public situation that all can see and hear. But there may be many strangers commenting or retweeting on Facebook, and people who follow them can also see it. The number of people targeted at Small Public Squares is relatively small, and many passers-by may not say what they want to say as they do on the Internet.
Many teachers in our school often use slack. I think it is very convenient. I can ask questions at any time and wait for the professor’s answer. The professor can also use slack to notify the students of their homework and class status, and at the same time, they can share teaching content or job file. Because I am more afraid of speaking in front of people, I prefer group discussions on the Internet like this.
In short, whether it is slack, Facebook, or other social software, it is a more convenient form on the Internet evolved from a group or meeting or public discussion based on reality.


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Xingyu Yang