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Simplicity and Inner Calm

“Wholeness, life, has a way of being always simple. In most cases, this simplicity shows itself in a geometrical simplicity and purity, which has a tangible geometric form.” Christopher Alexander, p. 226, Book One, The Nature of Order “Pieces were colored – beautiful colors, often worked into the wood (not paint), and coded, yellow, blue, […]

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The Void

“In the most profound centers which have perfect wholeness, there is at the heart a void which is like water, infinite in depth, surrounded by and contrasted with the clutter of the stuff and fabric all around it.”   Christopher Alexander, p. 222, Book One, The Nature of Order “The need for the void arises […]

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Echoes

“When echoes are present, the various smaller elements and centers, from which the larger centers are made, are all members of the same family; they contain echoes of one another; there are deep internal similarities between them which tie them together to form a single unity.”   Christopher Alexander, p. 218, Book One, The Nature […]

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Roughness

“Things which have real life always have a certain ease, a morphological roughness. This is not an accidental property”   Christopher Alexander, Book One, The Nature of Order, p. 210 “It is certainly noticeable that all great buildings do have various small irregularities in them, even though they often conform to approximate overall symmetries and […]

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Gradients

“Gradients must arise in the world when the world is in harmony with itself simply because conditions vary.”   Christopher Alexander, p. 205, Book One, The Nature of Order “Gradients play a very large role throughout nature. Any time that a quantity varies systematically, through space, a gradient is established .” Christopher Alexander p. 275, […]

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Contrast

Unity can only be created from distinctness.  This means, that every center is made from discernible opposites, and intensified when the not center, against which it is opposed, is clarified, and itself becomes a center.” Christopher Alexander, p. 200, Book One, The Nature of Order “On a biological level, we see it in the contrast […]

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Deep Interlock and Ambiguity

“In a surprisingly large number of cases, living structures contain some form of interlock: situations where centers are “hooked” into their surroundings. This has the effect of making it difficult to disentangle the center from its surroundings. It becomes more deeply unified with the world and with other centers near it.” Christopher Alexander, p. 195, […]

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Local Symmetries

“Observe, first, that overall symmetry in a system, by itself, is not a strong source of life or wholeness.” Christopher Alexander, p. 186, Book One, The Nature of Order “…the Alhambra…a marvel of living wholeness. It has no overall symmetry at all, but an amazing number of minor symmetries, which hold within limited pieces of […]

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Good Shape: A Recursive Rule

“It is easiest to understand good shape as a recursive rule. The recursive rule says that the elements of any good shape are always good shapes themselves.” Christopher Alexander, p. 179, Book One, The Nature of Order “In addition, we note that the simplest and most elementary good shapes are made from elementary figures.” Christopher […]

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Positive Space: No Leftovers

“In the present Western view of space…we tend to see buildings floating in empty space, as if the space between them were an empty sea.” Christopher Alexander, p. 174, Book One, The Nature of Order “The definition of positive space is straightforward: every single part of space has positive shape as a center. There are […]