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 intimate...
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...

Keeping Faith by Keeping Swine

“Of all Odysseus’ field hands in the old days this forester cared most for the estate; and now Odysseus found him in a remote clearing, sitting inside the gate of a stockade he built to keep the swine while his great lord was gone.” Homer, Odyssey, Bk XIV Eumaeus is a...
A Beauty that Drives Care Away

A Beauty that Drives Care Away

“…in our own homes we find a beauty and a good taste which delight us every day and which drive away our cares.” Pericles to the Athenians, as reported by Thucydides Where do we find beauty? The natural world and works of great art are obvious instances. Yet most of...

Home, What We Share

“…one of the advantages we will share with each other is having children to support us and look after us as well as they can when we grow old. But what we share now is this home of ours…” Xenophon These are the words of a newlywed groom to his bride. While looking...

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