CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER’S ARCHITECTURAL INSIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS

Shlomo Angel, Nikos A. Salingaros

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Abstract

The architect, theorist, and computer science pioneer Christopher Alexander has had an immense impact on design theory, more so in Computer Science than in Architecture. Following his death in March 2022, some of Alexander’s old collaborators exchanged reminiscences about working with him. This dialogue seeks answers to the question of Alexander’s legacy, and why his influence directly on design was not as extensive as it was in other, unrelated fields. Digging deep into the methodology of design patterns, and Alexander’s underlying investigative approach, reveals clues for revising world architecture towards a more humane adaptation. The conversation also uncovers errors that hindered the adoption of these important ideas, and which have to be avoided by architects and designers in all future implementations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-401
Number of pages16
JournalNew Design Ideas
Volume6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • architecture
  • Christopher Alexander
  • complexity
  • design patterns
  • planning
  • urbanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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