The Luminous Ground: The Nature of Order, Book 4

An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe

By Christopher Alexander

© 2004 – Routledge

356 pages

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Hardback: 9780972652940
pub: 2004-07-15
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About the Book

Book Four presents a new cosmology that arises from the careful study of architecture and art, and above all from the practice of the arts. It is a cosmology which places the I, our experience of self, as the linking stem that unites each individual with the whole, connecting consciousness and matter.

Table of Contents

Part One 1. Our Present Picture of the Universe 2. Clues from the History of Art 3. The Existence of an 'I' 4. The Ten Thousand Beings 5. The Practical Matter of Forging a Living Center Mid-Book Appendix: Recapitulation of the Argument Part Two 6. The Blazing One 7. Color and Inner Light 8. The Goal of Tears 9. Making Wholeness Heals the Maker 10. Pleasing Yourself 11. The Face of God

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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning