The Nature of Order

About Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, is an architect, scientist and builder who has built in many countries. After thirty-eight years in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, he is now Emeritus Professor at the University, Director of the Center for Environmental Structure, and Chairman of the Board at

"In the past century, architecture has always been a minor science - if it has been a science at all. Present day architects who want to be scientific, try to incorporate the ideas of physics, psychology, anthropology in their work . . . in the hope of keeping in tune with the "scientific" times."

"I believe we are on the threshold of a new era, when this relation between architecture and the physical sciences may be reversed - when the proper understanding of the deep questions of space, as they are embodied in architecture, will play a revolutionary role in the way we see the world, and will do for the world view of the 21st and 22nd centuries, what physics did for the 19th and 20th."

Alexander continues to write. He is currently working on three new manuscripts:
  • Sustainability and Morphogenesis
  • Source and Origin: the Process of Forming our Earth
  • Re-Uniting God and Science: Commentaries on Alexander's Nature of Order



Book 1:
The Phenomenon of Life

Book 3:
A Vision of a Living World

Book 2:
The Process of Creating Life

Book 4:
The Luminous Ground

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