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Center for Environmental Structure, The

The Center for Environmental Structure was founded in Christopher Alexander in 1967 to house his research, teaching and building projects. The Center continues his legacy by developing further the ideas presented in the four volumes of The Nature of Order, which create a sweeping new conception of the nature of things that is at once objective, structural, and personal. These volumes:


          • Outline the new processes necessary for the formation of healthy, beautiful, and sustainable human
               environments in a contemporary context.

          • Explain how to execute these processes in built projects.

          • Develop these processes in such a way as to be easily replicable by others.


To read more about the Center, The Nature of Order, and Christopher Alexander, click here.


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  1. The Nature of Order, Four-Volume Set

    In the four books in The Nature of Order, Alexander constructs an entirely new cosmology, grounded in the latest scientific knowledge, and integrating the perennial wisdom of the centrality of human experience and values. In this way, he reunifies for the field of architecture the 400-year old split of Body (structure) and Soul (feeling). Learn More
    £170.00

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  2. The Nature of Order, Book 1: The Phenomenon of Life

    Alexander proposes a scientific view of the world in which all space-matter has perceptible degrees of life and sets this understanding of order as an intellectual basis for a new architecture. He introduces the concept of living structure and defines the fifteen properties from which, according to his observations, all wholeness is built. Learn More
    £54.95

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  3. The Nature of Order, Book 4: The Luminous Ground

    Includes hundreds of photographic examples of buildings, public places, streets, rooms and gardens, most built by Alexander and his colleagues, in a great variety of cultures, showing how buildings and details governed by living process will be connected to human feeling, and what shape they must have. Learn More
    £54.95

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  4. The Nature of Order, Book 2: The Process of Creating Life

    Alexander presents a living world that is of necessity generated by processes to create locally adapted spontaneous structure. He shows us how to do for buildings and cities what DNA does for grass on hills and trees in forests: allowing each thing to become what it needs to be, as it arises from its own circumstances. Learn More
    £54.95

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  5. The Nature of Order, Book 3: A Vision of A Living World

    Includes hundreds of photographic examples of buildings, public places, streets, rooms and gardens, most built by Alexander and his colleagues, in a great variety of cultures, showing how buildings and details governed by living process will be connected to human feeling, and what shape they must have. Learn More
    £54.95

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