Nature of Order: Book 4, fourth lecture
The Nature of Order Seminar forms the theoretical backbone of the Building Beauty program. Students go through an exploration of the essential elements of Christopher Alexander's Magnum Opus The Nature of Order. The magnitude of the spectrum covered in this remarkable work offers students the opportunity to engage in a large reflection on the essential elements that come into play in making, at all scales. The course is a reading seminar. Students alternate in presenting chapters assigned each class. There are also presentations and talks by academics and practitioners relating to particular chapters. At the end of the year students make the connection with the practical making experience in the course, or regarding a topic of their own interest, in a piece of original academic writing of between 20-30 pages.
On April 11, 2019, Alfred Bay, an architect and builder from San Francisco, discussed two chapters, The Goal of Tears, and Making Wholeness Heals the Maker, on the basis of his 40 years experience in building and managing construction projects.