The Phenomenon of Life
An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the UniverseBook - 2002
In book one of this four-volume work, Alexander describes a scientific view of the world in which all space-matter has perceptible degrees of life, and sets this understanding of living structures as an intellectual basis for a new architecture. He identifies fifteen geometric properties which tend to accompany the presence if life in nature, and also in the buildings and cities we make. These properties are seen over and over in nature, and in cities and streets of the past, but have all but disappeared in the deadly developments and buildings of the last one hundred years. The book shows that living structure depends on features which make a close connection with the human self, and that only living structure has the capacity to support human well-being.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Center for Environmental Structure, c2002.
Branch Call Number: 720. 1 ALE
Characteristics: p. cm.
Alternative Title: Essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe