Jul 12, 11
Read in July, 2011
I found Christopher Alexander's book A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction absolutely and brilliantly insightful in its examination of what works in towns, buildings, and construction -- what, historically, is both pleasing and functional for the people who inhabit them. When (if ever) I design my next house, I will slavishly follow many of the prescriptions in the book. Some of the book was ridiculous and romantic in the most idiotic way; Alexander recommends building a bench near the front door (no problem! great!) so that a person can sit and watch the street for "hours on end." Who has "hours on end" to sit and watch the street? Not I! The writing was also a little dull sometimes. Though I haven't researched, I imagine that later writers have taken the very sound ideas in A Pattern Language and built on them and refined them.