Alexander, ChristopherThe Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, The Nature of Order

This is a series on architecture, building and urban planning, subjects I’ve always liked. It’s more than that, though, because it’s about how humans live and build and how they fit in and repair the man-made and natural environment. It also defines a way of looking at and designing and building interrelated and interacting systems of varying scales-pattern languages. These are books for the ages. Software developers have recently found out about pattern languages, but haven’t yet come up with a good pattern set…They ARE trying, though… I also read the Nature of Order, a difficult and complex quartet of books. Basically, he says that everything is living, and that things can be made more living by getting them closer of the essential “I” in everything. This is done by applying simple principles over and over until it’s right.

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