Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language

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Last year, we heard a little about Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language from Meditation: On Patterns. We wanted to bring it up again here since it's such a good resource for anyone wanting to make sense of their surroundings...

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A Pattern Language touches on seemingly simple aspects of design that everyone can consider and create in their own home. These points range from natural light to arrangement of furnishings; from heating and cooling to outdoor space and plantings. It's all covered in the book and reading A Pattern Language has a soothing effect on the reader. It makes you slow down and contemplate even the smallest details of your home.

The photos shown throughout this post are of self-designed projects by readers of A Pattern Language.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.