Christopher W. Alexander


Born
in Vienna, Austria
October 04, 1936


Average rating: 4.34 · 8,310 ratings · 617 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Pattern Language: Towns, ...

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4.40 avg rating — 4,407 ratings — published 1977 — 8 editions
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The Timeless Way of Building

4.35 avg rating — 1,969 ratings — published 1978 — 8 editions
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Notes on the Synthesis of Form

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The Phenomenon of Life

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A New Theory of Urban Design

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The Oregon Experiment

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The Process of Creating Life

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The Luminous Ground

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A Vision of a Living World

4.49 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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The Production of Houses

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“Within this process, every individual act of building is a process in which space gets differentiated. It is not a process of addition, in which preformed parts are combined to create a whole, but a process of unfolding, like the evolution of an embryo, in which the whole precedes the parts, and actually gives birth to them, by splitting.”
Christopher W. Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building

“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.”
Christopher W. Alexander, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

“towns and buildings will not be able to become alive, unless they are made by all the people in society, and unless these people share a common pattern language, within which to make these buildings, and unless this common pattern language is alive itself.”
Christopher W. Alexander, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction



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