A Pattern Language
by Christopher Alexander, is a collection of 253
things (patterns) that make your living environment a pleasure. This is
an introduction to a series of articles about each of the patterns
where we illustrate them using homes and buildings made from natural materials
like stone, clay, wood and straw. These materials are themselves one of the patterns, namely No.207
'Good (natural) Materials'. You will find links in each article to other
patterns illustrated by the home and eventually, as with Alexander's book, to related patterns.
Each of the patterns are first illustrated in
our facebook album 'A
Pattern Language of Natural Homes'. With every addition to the album
the slideshow (below left) is updated. The
slideshow, with links to facebook, is available for you to include in your
own website or
blog. The code for the show is available
Not all the patterns in A Pattern Language will be covered
in these articles since the first 94 of them relate to
aspects of community which are, for the most part, outside the scope of building.
However some of the patterns in the first 94
may be covered in future articles by reference to
eco-villages and some examples from historic villages.