"Each pattern can exist in the world, only to the extent that is supported by other patterns; the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it. 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 that 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."

-A Pattern Language

 

'Shelter in Place' is a study of the patterns of human nature that have come into focus through isolation from the larger world during a pandemic. The experience of focusing inward while quarantining brings a series of dualities that connect us even while we must remain apart, and ebb and flow day to day from comfort to claustrophobia, safety to insecurity, creativity to burnout, inspiration to depression, togetherness to polarization, hope to fear. Some find themselves forced to confront their own patterns in a new way, some find themselves trapped in their patterns, some must understand their patterns in relation to others patterns. With extended time and attention how do these patterns shift within our own walls?

Laid out as a neighborhood of sorts, our common experience is that we all must experience ourselves individually.