These three books are a treasure. Together they form the basis of Christopher Alexander's working process and language. They are built on the premise that the human structure embodies a native intelligence that will bloom when allowed to do so. Applied to architecture, that intelligence connects to collective 'patterns' to which we intuitively relate as organic beings.
What Alexander aims to teach us is an architectural language that has "a quality without a name".
Whatever kind of artist you are, the aim to embody that 'quality' is a quest worth pursuing.
I have always like these books because Alexander illuminates the visual and mechanical language that underpins the function and utility of buildings as they relate to humans. That language is a direct bridge to the ethic of pottery making and all the similar intricacies that link architecture and vessels.
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