A Vision of a Living World: The Nature of Order: Book 3

A Vision of a Living World: The Nature of Order: Book 3 : An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe


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In Book Three of this four-volume work, Alexander presents hundreds of his own buildings and those of his contemporaries who have used methods consistent with the theory of living process.Containing nearly seven hundred pages of projects which have been built and planned in a number of countries over a thirty-year period, this book amply illustrates the impact of living process on the world. The book provides the reader with an intuitive feel for the kind of world which is needed to generate living structure in the world and its communities; its style and geometry and its ecological and natural character.The projects include public buildings, neighbourhoods, housing built by people for themselves, public urban space, rooms, gardens, ornament, colours, details of construction and construction innovation. These buildings, and the methods needed to design and build them, define living structure in a practical way that can be re-applied across a range of other projects.

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  • Hardback | 690 pages
  • 200.66 x 279.4 x 38.1mm | 1,723.64g
  • Center for Environmental Structure
  • California, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, (some colour ) maps, (some colour ), portraits, (some colour )
  • 0972652930
  • 9780972652933
  • 207,804

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'This monumental work is the long awaited outcome of Christopher Alexander's reflections since the 1970s. No recent writer, I think, has viewed architecture so broadly, setting it in the context of all human making and living, and even of biology, cosmology and particle physics.' - Richard Padovan,  The Architectural Review 'Alexander has a wonderful eye for the work of vernacular builders and anonymous artists.' - Richard Padovan,  The Architectural Review

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About Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, architecture, builder and author of many books and technical papers. He is the winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, and after 40 years of teaching is professor Emeritus and the University of California, Berkeley.

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