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A Pattern Language

Yesterday Karen and I discovered we share a passion for Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language. What’s your favorite?, she asked me, and I immediately thought of the teenager’s separate living space, which allows for increasing independence. Karen’s favorite pattern is different sized dining chairs for different sized people–of course, why should they all be one size when a family consists of many sizes of people?

A Pattern Language is one of my most-cherished books and I was happy to find that someone I work with and admire also loves the book. This is something that happens here quite often and one of the reasons I love coming to work at Berkshire Publishing.

Pattern seeks “to help people design things, create things, to make them useful and beautiful, in whatever we are doing, so that we may all take part in the daily work of building a living earth.” Does this include creating books? I think so.

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