The Nature of Order: The process of creating life

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Taylor & Francis, 2002 - Architectural design - 636 pages
"Here is acclaimed architect Christopher Alexander's four-volume masterwork; the result of 27 years of research and a lifetime of profoundly original thinking. Consider three vital perspectives on our world: a scientific perspective; a perspective based on beauty and grace; a commonsense perspective based on our intuitions about everyday life. Neither scientists, nor mystics, nor architects, nor politicians have so far found a single view of the world in which the three are united. This groundbreaking work allows us to form on picture of the world in which all three perspectives are interlaces. It opens the door to 21st-century science and cosmology."--From dust jacket.
 

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Contents

PART ONE 23
2
RECAPITULATION OF THE ARGUMENT
6
PREFACE
14
structurepreserving transformations
22
PART
27
A MODIFIED PICTURE OF THE UNIVERSE
49
STRUCTUREPRESERVING TRANSFORMATIONS
52
DeGREES OF LIFE
63
PART
299
THE MIRROR OF THE SELF
313
THE SEQUENCE OF UNFOLDING 299
332
EVERY PART UNIQUE 323
338
A NEw ForM of scIENTIFIC observation
351
IO HIGH DENSITY HOUSING
357
DEEP FEELING
370
IO THE IMPACT OF LIVING STRUCTURE ON HUMAN LIFE
371

WHOLENESS AND THE THEORY OF CENTERs
79
structurepreserving transformAtions IN TRADITIONAL society
85
III
111
Living PROCESSES
180
Positive SPACE IN ENGINEERING STRUCTURE AND GEOMETRY
191
A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENTIATING PRocess
197
THE CHARACTER OF GARDENs
227
STEPBYSTEP ADAPTATION
230
How LIFE COMES FROM wholeNESS
243
EACH STEP is Always HELPING TO ENHANCE THE whole
249
PART THREE
257
Io Always MAKING CENTERs
267
THE REconstruction of AN URBAN NEIGHBoRHooD
283
THE CHARACTER OF ROOMS
378
EMERGENCE of ForMAL GEOMETRY
434
CONCLUSION
445
PART FIVE
447
ALL BUILDING AS MAKING
481
A NEW PARADIGM FOR PROCESS IN SOCIETY
495
MAssive PRocess DIFFICULTIES
512
continuous INVENTion of New MATERIALS AND TechNIQUEs
517
PRODUCTION OF GIANT PROJECTs
561
PART
579
Color which UNFOLDS FROM THE conFIGURATION
615
ARCHETYPAl ForM 639
629
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