Christopher Alexander Quotes


All space and matter organic or inorganic has some degree of life in it and matter/space is more alive or less alive according to its structure and arrangement.

In my life as an architect I found that the single thing which inhibits young professionals new students most severely is their acceptance of standards that are too low.

Most of the wonderful places in the world were not made by architects but by the people.

Speaking as a builder if you start something you must have a vision of the thing which arises from your instinct about preserving and enhancing what is there.

From a sequence of these individual patterns whole buildings with the character of nature will form themselves within your thoughts as easily as sentences.

Everyone is aware that most of the built environment today lacks a natural order an order which presents itself very strongly in places that were built centuries ago

People are deeply nourished by the process of creating wholeness.

When you make something cleaning it out of structural debris is one of the most vital things you do.

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.

We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe.

Drawings help people to work out intricate relationships between parts.

To work our way towards a shared language once again we must first learn how to discover patterns which are deep and capable of generating life.

I mean making simulations of what you're going to build is tremendously useful if you can get feedback from them that will tell you where you've gone wrong and what you can do about it.

When they have a choice people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty.

There are geologists who can pick up a rock and say 'Yes there's oil under there.' A geologist who has been studying those kinds of rocks for 10 or 20 years is able to make that pronouncement.

We define organic order as the kind of order that is achieved when there is a perfect balance between the needs of the parts and the needs of the whole.