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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

Life honouring architecture book.

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction is a 1977 book on architecture, urban design, and community livability. It was authored by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein of the Center for Environmental Structure of Berkeley, California

"At the core... is the idea people should design their homes, streets, and communities. This idea...comes from the observation most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects, but by the people."

The book uses words to describe patterns, supported by drawings, photographs, and charts. It describes exact methods for constructing practical, safe, and attractive designs at every scale, from entire regions, through cities, neighborhoods, gardens, buildings, rooms, built-in furniture, and fixtures down to the level of doorknobs.

pattern language, architecture, housing, community