A Vision of a Living World: The Nature of Order, Book 3: An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A Vision of a Living World: The Nature of Order, Book 3

An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, 1st Edition

By Christopher Alexander


690 pages

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pub: 2005-03-08
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In Book Three of this four-volume work, Alexander presents hundreds of his own buildings and those of his contemporaries who have used methods consistent with the theory of living process.

Containing nearly seven hundred pages of projects which have been built and planned in a number of countries over a thirty-year period, this book amply illustrates the impact of living process on the world. The book provides the reader with an intuitive feel for the kind of world which is needed to generate living structure in the world and its communities; its style and geometry and its ecological and natural character.

The projects include public buildings, neighbourhoods, housing built by people for themselves, public urban space, rooms, gardens, ornament, colours, details of construction and construction innovation. These buildings, and the methods needed to design and build them, define living structure in a practical way that can be re-applied across a range of other projects.


'This monumental work is the long awaited outcome of Christopher Alexander's reflections since the 1970s. No recent writer, I think, has viewed architecture so broadly, setting it in the context of all human making and living, and even of biology, cosmology and particle physics.' - Richard Padovan, The Architectural Review

'Alexander has a wonderful eye for the work of vernacular builders and anonymous artists.' - Richard Padovan, The Architectural Review

Table of Contents

Part 1 1. Our Belonging to the World: Part One 2. Our Belonging to the World: Part Two Part 2 3. The Hulls of Public Space 4. The Form of Public Buildings 5. Production of Giant Projects 6. The Positive Pattern of Space and Volume in Three Dimensions of the Land 7. Positive Space in Structure and Materials 8. The Character of Gardens Part 3 9. Forming a Collective Vision for a Neighbourhood 10. Reconstruction of an Urban Neighbourhood 11. High Density Housing 12. Further Dynamics of a Growing Neighbourhood Part 4 13. The Uniqueness of People's Individual Worlds 14. The Character of Rooms Part 5 15. Construction Elements as Living Centers 16. All Building as Making 17. Active Invention of New Building Techniques Part 6 18. Ornament as a Part of All Unfolding 19. Color which Unfolds from the Configuration Epilogue: The Morphology of Living Architecture

About the Author

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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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning