Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
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.
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But in practice master plans fail – because they create totalitarian order, not organic order. They are too rigid; they cannot easily adapt to the natural and unpredictable changes that inevitably arise in the life of a community.
A building or a town will only be alive to the extent that it is governed in a timeless way. It is a process which brings order out of nothing but ourselves; it cannot be attained, but it will happen of its own accord, if we will only let it.
|Birth:||4th October, 1936|
|Profession:||Architect, Author, Professor|
Christopher Wolfgang Alexander was born in Vienna, Austria. He is an American architect noted for his theories about design as well as over 200 building projects around the world. He moved from England to the United States in 1958, living and teaching in Berkeley, California from 1963. Currently an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and a Master's degree in Mathematics. He took his doctorate at Harvard, and was elected fellow at Harvard. He was awarded the First Gold Medal for Research by the American Institute of Architects in 1972. The ACSA honored Alexander with the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award in 1986 and 1987. He was awarded the Seaside Prize in 1994. In 2011, he was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Urban Design Group.
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