A Place to Watch the World Go By

A Place to Watch the World Go By

“For instance, in order for the pattern of events ‘watching the world go by’ to happen, it is essential that the porch should be a little raised above the level of the street; it is essential that the porch be deep enough, to let a group of people...
A Space for Children in the Home

A Space for Children in the Home

“If children do not have space to release a tremendous amount of energy when they need to, they will drive themselves and everybody else in the family up the wall.” Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language We need spaces that foster the various aspects of human life....
A Room for the Family

A Room for the Family

  “No social group…can survive without constant informal contact among its members. Any building which houses a social group supports this kind of contact by providing common areas. The form and location of the common areas is critical… Relatives and...
Restoring Home Life, Room by Room

Restoring Home Life, Room by Room

“Every place is given its character by certain patterns of events that keep on happening there… The more living patterns there are in a place—a room, a building, or a town—the more it comes to life as an entirety, the more it glows, the more it has that...

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