“The purpose of all architecture, writes Christopher Alexander, is to encourage and support life-giving activity, dreams, and playfulness. But in recent decades, while our buildings are technically better--more sturdy, more waterproof, more energy efficient-- they have also became progressively more sterile, rarely providing the kind of environment in which people are emotionally nourished, genuinely happy, and deeply contented.”
-from the Amazon.com description of Alexander’s newest book, The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A Struggle Between Two World-Systems (Center for Environmental Structure)
Our home on Cottonwood Lane.
I finally got my very own copy of A Pattern Language this spring, and immediately wanted to do a blog series on it. I also wanted to write a sort of love letter to the house that had been our home for ten years. I’m one of those people who often don’t know what I think until I write. So I wanted to write about what makes a house a home, to clarify what we would want in our next house. But there never seems to be time.
Myquillin’s 31 Day Writing challenge is the perfect fit, because I don’t have to write one massive post trying to say it all. There is another post tomorrow. Short and sweet suits this challenge best.
There still doesn’t seem to be any time. We close on a new house in one week. I want to put together vision boards for each room there, and figure out what needs to happen before we move in and what can just linger on a “someday” list. We will be painting and ripping out trim during most spare minutes and then unpacking most of October.
So, as much as I want to dive deep into Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language, this series will be small bites. For the next week, I’ll be examining his patterns that relate to the kitchen. And in the course of looking at his patterns, I hope to better understand our own goals, what matters most to my family in making a house into a home.
This post is part of Myquillin Smith’s Write 31 Days challenge. You can find all my posts on A Pattern Language here,and other blogs participating in the challenge (and writing on different topics) here.