Patterns for Utopia
            Patterns for Utopia investigates how the system of type can be used as a tool for drawing future cities.
            Utopia is no place, it exists in the speculations and fantasies of dreamers. The openness of Utopia has inspired the imagining of ideal futures that are free from the limitations of what is possible in the here and now.
            In researching the concept of Utopia, I found that an accessible tool was needed to make visions of the future easily constructible and shareable. Type is the ideal tool for this purpose.


                The typeface Unit, is grouped and colour coded to aid in drawing cities. Here the drawings are gridded with each plan having a different frequency of groupings from cities full of greenspace to ones full of shopping districts.

Each letterform of of the typeface Elements represent a building block of architecture. This typeface is a pictorial representation that can be used to draw buildings.

The architect Christopher Alexander, author of a Pattern Language, proposed that there are fifteen fundamental properties shared by all coherent structures. Alexander describes these properties as structure-preserving transformations.  

These transformations are determined by observing a configuration, modifying it, and then distinguishing what kinds of changes preserve or enhance the structure. When these transformations occur naturally there is unity in the overall structure