Timeless Way of Building

Timeless Way of Building

by Christopher Alexander
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Oxford University Press, USA


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StephenMuires More than 1 year ago
I am full of admiration for Christopher Alexander's writings, work and choice of life path. That path is architecture. Which sounds like a career, not a life path. Yet it is clear from the opening pages of this early book (from 1979) that the writer is searching for the path, the secret, the ingredient of beauty. His question is simple. What is it that makes something beautiful? His focus is buildings, room, arrangements, layouts of villages and towns. And critically he asks that question while dismissing immediately the pat answer that's it's all a matter of taste. It's not a matter of taste. He is very sure of that. He writes that there is a timeless way of building. No one has been able to define it. Alexander sets out to try. The style is both esthetic and philosophical. This is therefore not a technical book about architecture, but rather a meandering exploration that circles around the deepest questions of human life, seen from the standpoint of a builder. The many black-and-white photos illustrate the points he is making. One concept he is engaging as a language term is 'pattern.' There are certain patters in buildings. When the pattern works the building is pleasing. Otherwise it isn't. These patterns are not architectural design plans, they are instead organic, instinctive, feeling-based relationships. This is one of those books that attempt to give evidence of what we all can recognize when we see it. Beauty, harmony, peace. Yet we cannot analyze it, nor forcefully reproduce it. By Stephen Muires, author of 'Ordained - a novel'
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This book is a true classic and will be referred to for hundreds of years to come. The book is about the patterns that make a space occupied by humans come alive and grow, or wither and die. It is fundamentally about paying close attention to the world you live on a range of scales. It is about how you can not separate yourself from the world you live in. It is about living sanely with other humans.