Introduction to Scopic Templates
Studyhall was conceived as a template that included a body of knowledge that could be used anywhere to establish a school based on the studyhall concept.Been trying to figure out how frame the model village concept, and it just hit me that it should be approached in the same way as studyhall is being done – as a template.
Templates are defined within a specific
scope in both time and space
that can be used to define any number of different kinds of projects,
from businesses & organizations, to software projects or the design
and management of towns, parks or even individual buildings.
Business Plans and Master Plans provide some of the elements in a Scopic template, but also include all of the designs, organizational knowledge, procedures, rules that constitute what is being designed, managed or built.
Plan is a document that outlines goals, design, methodology and
implementation. Plans in a template perform many of the same
functions as a traditional Business Plan or Master Plan for urban
Primer is a collection or library of mutually exclusive topics that
are stratified into 10 topic levels, which can be treated as a kind of
encyclopedia, or organized hierarchically or sequentially so that
different sub collections of topics can be treated as a book, a course
curriculum, an dictionary/encyclopedia or individual articles.
Pattern Language is a collection of design patterns which
constitute good practice with a field of expertise. Modeled on
Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language.
The book creates a new language, what the authors call a pattern language derived from timeless entities called patterns. As they write on page xxxv of the introduction, "All 253 patterns together form a language." Patterns describe a problem and then offer a solution. In doing so the authors intend to give ordinary people, not only professionals, a way to work with their neighbors to improve a town or neighborhood, design a house for themselves or work with colleagues to design an office, workshop or public building such as a school.
Chenla is developing two templates in house, The Studyhall Template and The Village Template, which both of which you'll be hearing much more about in the coming weeks.