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The Nature of Order (4 Volume Set)
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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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
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