Re: arcology & permaculture

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 15:35:44 MST

At 11:42 AM 01/03/2001 -0800, Chris Hibbert wrote:

>An orthogonal view of architecture to that of Soleri is provided by
>Christopher Alexander. Alexander believes that the strongest constructions
>(the best places to live or work) are those that have developed

I enjoyed his book _A Timeless Way of Building_ (please forgive me if this
isn't the exact wording of the title)

  _A Pattern Language_ was interesting to look through, but I didn't find
it particularly useful in actually building my house and gardens. I found
it tedious to go through the book looking at huge numbers of irrelevant
elements in order to find a few that applied to me. OTOH, other people I
know who have built their own houses swear by it (it fits rather nicely
with Permaculture design). I very much like Alexander's philosophy of
leaving room for the personal and the unexpected.


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