Almost everything Christopher Alexander says is worth repeating until it penetrates the skulls of high and low. This for example:
Things from Your Life
“Decor” and conception of “interior design” have spread so widely, that very often people forget their instinct fir the things they really want to keep around them.
Do not be tricked into believing that modern decor must be slick or psychedelic, or natural or modern art, or plants or anything else that current taste makers claim. it is most beautiful when it comes straight from your life- the things you care for, the things that tell your story.
SOURCE Don’t bother. The Pattern Language people overstepped the bounds and zappen the best site for understanding pattern lingo. Sad. “Due to a copyright claim by Christopher Alexander and the Center for Environmental Structure this resource is no longer available.”
The more I think about it the more angry I get at the media’s veneration of design and architecture that has nothing to do with Alexander’s concerns. The NYT is a textbook example of this blindness. AMENDMENT: When they get around to seeing the obsolescence of contemporary society and the desecration of community and the end of oil and the end of cars, they will wake up. (2014)