Inventor of the idea of PatternLanguages, and organic building.
Main pages about or inspired by ChristopherAlexander here :
- At C2 Wiki : http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?ChristopherAlexander
- His own site : http://www.patternlanguage.com
- houses he built? :
Alexander is an AestheticRealist
I think my conversation with Tayssir here : is http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?best04.8.18748.2 is also worth a glance. Why does Alexander go down better with software people than urban planners? Maybe because, to a certain extent, programmers are more in control / have more freedom to design and construct, than urbanists. In practice, urban planning is just local politics, with no larger scale design at all.
(p.144) Nature is never modular - leading towards idea of objects
(p.159) Generative process,
Egoless (without the will of the maker)
(p.164) Essential that the people of a society together ...
but must be under deeper regulation ... ie PatternLanguage
In a semi-lattice, such overlaps are possible, though of course, hierarchies are a subset of semi-lattices. It's the distinction that Alexander is interested in. Alexander then goes on to show how many designs for cities and many new cities (including Brasilia) are in fact trees.
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