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The Nature of Order, Four-Volume Set: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe
Christopher Alexander has been a legendary figure in architecture for nearly 40 years. World-renowned for his revolutionary theories on the art of building, Alexander now caps his lifetime of profoundly original thinking about the meaning and purpose of architecture with this magnum opus, The Nature of Order. In these four books, Alexander constructs an entirely new cosmol ...more
Hardcover, 2143 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Center for Environmental Structure
(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
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