Not in isolation

A Reading Note

Wise words about making things:

This is a fundamental view of the world. It says that when you build a thing, you cannot merely build that thing in isolation, but must also repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it.

Alexander, et al., A Pattern Language, page xiii

I love the use of the word “repair” here. It presumes that—while things are not perfect—neither are they forlorn.

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A Pattern Language

Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa & Murray Silverstein

A collection of architectural patterns, fascinating for their grasp and depiction of the social experience of a town.