Kalb, James. "Life In Design: Christopher Alexander and the Nature Of Order." Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 8, issue 2 (2014): 94-98.
How we build reflects how we
understand the world around us. The architectural style of a period thus
corresponds to the cosmological and epistemological beliefs then dominant, and
objections to one are likely to line up with objections to the other.
Christopher Alexander provides a strong example of that tendency. His
opposition to architectural modernism and postmodernism reflects opposition to
tendencies within modernity that present themselves as rational and liberating
but are in his view very different in character, and his project involves
restoring balance to modern understandings in a way that makes room for what he
calls “the phenomenon of life.” He thus reaches results similar in basic ways
to those reached in traditional and vernacular architecture but in a very
different manner. It is not clear however that his approach can be generally
Keywords: Christopher Alexander; modernity; science;