In his 1977 book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Christopher Alexander pioneered the use of generative design patterns. He created an architectural system (or language) with the intention of creating practical and beautiful classical spaces and forms. (This built on his earlier work, including his doctoral dissertation in architecture, which was published in 1964 as Notes on the Synthesis of Form, a book which was widely read by students of computer science.) In 1994, inspired by his work, computer scientists ...

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