Christopher Alexander's 15 New Rules For Great Buildings

Three decades in the making, Christopher Alexander's ambitious new work spans four volumes and outlines fifteen properties that he "believes underlie beauty in art, nature, and great buildings."
March 1, 2004, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Jessie Scanlon provides an abridged version of Christopher Alexander's "The Nature of Order.""Written over the course of three decades, The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe (Center for Environmental Structure) is polemical, ambitious, and contrarian. "I didn't set out to write a book about the universe," he says. "I just wanted to heal architecture." The four-volume set outlines the properties that Alexander believes underlie beauty in art, nature, and great buildings. Because his ideas fill 2,150 pages, here's the abridged version."

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Published on Thursday, February 26, 2004 in Wired
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