I’ve written before about Christopher Alexander’s brilliant but strange book, A Pattern Language. Few books have made such an impression on me and the way that I think. The book sets forth an archetypal “language” of 253 patterns that make the design of towns, buildings, and — most interesting to me — homes the most pleasing.
This book doesn’t need to be read from front to back; I often just flip through it and study the parts that resonate with me (and look at the pictures, too, of course).
I’m a very text-centric person, and not very visual, and this book helped me to identify the elements about spaces that I like, or don’t like. I’m able to see the world in a new way, and as a consequence, I’ve been able to do some things differently in my own space, to make it more enjoyable.
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