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The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, Book 3 - A Vision of a Living World (Center for Environmental Structure, Vol. 11) Hardcover – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 690 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Environmental Structure (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972652930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972652933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rik Ahlberg on April 14, 2005
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Alexander's long-awaited third book in the four-volume Nature of Order series finally provides a practical guide to creating great places based on his concepts of "centers", "wholeness" and "structure-preserving transformations."

Page after page of photos and diagrams give weight to Alexander's process-oriented approach to building.

This tome should be required reading for anyone who has wondered whether there is a way to reinvent our cities and suburbs away from "sprawl" and into vibrant, living places.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on September 25, 2012
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I discovered Christopher Alexander around 1986 when I read A Pattern Language and The Timeless Way of Building. A Pattern Language was our guide in designing our strawbale house, built in 1997. I fell in love with him then, and these books simply increased my profound admiration for him and joy in his work.

Christopher Alexander is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an architect, a builder, and the 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 at the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in Physics and Mathematics at Cambridge and was part of the group of scientists who developed systems theory along with Herbert Simon. He has been investigating the interaction between science and architecture all of his life, and this beautiful four-volume work contains the results of his research.

Although many of Alexander's ideas are subtle and require thoughtful reflection, the basic thesis of these four volumes might be stated: everything that exists contains "life," and the degree to which "life" is manifest in any particular can be "objectively" determined by probing one's "subjective" world.

Book Three provides a practical guide to creating great places based on his concepts of "centers," "wholeness," and "structure-preserving transformations." Page after page of photos (many in color) and diagrams give weight to Alexander's process-oriented approach to building. If you have wondered whether there is a way to reinvent our cities and suburbs away from "sprawl" and into vibrant, living places - here is how.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Prior on October 22, 2008
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I have read all his works and this is a great addition to my library.
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