Nature of Order: Book 4, final 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 29, 2019, guests participated in a round table discussion on the last two chapters of Book 4, The Luminous Ground, and the book as a whole, ending with “Empirical certainty and enduring doubt.”

Ann Medlock, wirter and speaker, and owner of the Medlock house, built by Alexander on Whidbey Island, Washington, USA.

Dan Klyn, information architect and staff member of Building Beauty.

Hajo Neis, professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, USA, and longtime associate of Alexander.

Or Ettinger, professor of architecture at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and staff member of Building Beauty.

Maggie Moore Alexander, on staff at Building Beauty.

Maggie Moore