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The Nature of Order (4 Volume Set)

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Christopher Alexander's masterwork, the result of 27 years of research, considers three vital perspectives: a scientific perspective; a perspective based on beauty and grace; a commonsense perspective based on our intuitions and everyday life.
Hardcover, 636 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Routledge (first published 2002)
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Yodan Rofe
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I studied with Alexander in the 1990's while he was working on completing this series of books. Each book has its own value. The first book teaches you to see the world differently, and connect to it personally. The second book makes you understand that wholeness, and life are always a result of particular processes that allow them to come about, and cannot be designed and built in the way we ususally do things today. The third book shows you Alexander's experiments and built projects, as exampl ...more
Kate
Jan 30, 2008 marked it as to-read
I've read other Christopher Alexander stuff, but the webstite doesn't have it. Like the Quality without a name. wow.
Shante' Zenith
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirations
Although Christopher Alexander begins with architecture, what he is saying can so easily be extrapolated to describe all living processes. I’m reminded in his writing of John Berger’s description of the poetic as a “shelter to the experience which demanded, which cried out” (c.f. And Our Faces). There has always been a resonance between theatre and architecture, between the poetic and building—my mentors’ teacher Jacques Lecoq pinpoints this when he says that as theatre creators, we must be “arc ...more
Stephen Paisley
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Way too long. And yet so vital that it almost doesn't matter. It will change the way you see.

The chapters on color in book 4, alone, are worth the price of admission. And it ain't cheap.
Mahipal Lunia
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant is the only word tht comes to kind to describe this work
Jarett Metcalfe
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
Amazing set of books must read for any designer!
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