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 other contemporaries who have used methods consistent with the theory of living process Nearly seven hundred pages of projects, built and planned in many countries over a thirty-year period, illustrate the impact of living process on the world. The book provides the reader with an intuitive feel for the kind of world, its style and geometry, which is needed to generate living structure in the world and its communities, together with 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. The many buildings shown, and the methods need to design and build these buildings, define living structure in a practical way that can be understood and copied.
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Product details

  • 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
  • 234,871

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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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Table of contents

Part 1  1. Our Belonging to the World: Part One  2. Our Belonging to the World: Part Two  Part 2  3. The Hulls of Public Space  4. The Form of Public Buildings  5. Production of Giant Projects  6. The Positive Pattern of Space and Volume in Three Dimensions of the Land  7. Positive Space in Structure and Materials  8. The Character of Gardens  Part 3  9. Forming a Collective Vision for a Neighbourhood  10. Reconstruction of an Urban Neighbourhood  11. High Density Housing  12. Further Dynamics of a Growing Neighbourhood  Part 4  13. The Uniqueness of People's Individual Worlds  14. The Character of Rooms  Part 5  15. Construction Elements as Living Centers  16. All Building as Making  17. Active Invention of New Building Techniques  Part 6  18. Ornament as a Part of All Unfolding  19. Color which Unfolds from the Configuration  Epilogue: The Morphology of Living Architecture
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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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