Nature of Order: Book 4, fifth lecture

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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 15, 2019, Munishwar Ashish Ganju discussed the two chapters from Book 4, The Luminous Ground: Chapter 10 - Pleasing Yourself, and 11 - The Face of God in the light of ancient Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and the book the Discovery of Architecture written together with Narendra Dengle. Narendra then discusses the role of light, in creating a field of centers. A mirror of the self test of two chapels in the hills above Sorrento is shown and discussed in the light of the two questions presented in these chapters: Is what you are working on, or looking at, a true Gift to God, and is it not-separate from the world around it.

Maggie Moore