The Battle for Ordinary Human Existence in Our Time

Upon the completion of his four-volume work, Christopher Alexander interviewed by Kim A. O’Connell

In the 1970s, architect Christopher Alexander, along with his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure in Berkeley, California, published a trilogy of books—The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, and The Oregon Experiment—centered on the theory that people can and should take back the design and construction of their towns and cities. By distilling natural patterns into an understandable grammar for the built environment, Alexander advanced the belief that, in building something, one could “also repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole.”

The Nature of Order, Christopher Alexander talks with Traditional Building about his vision for our future architecture. 


The Battle for Ordinary Human Existence in Our Time (pdf)