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The Luminous Ground: The Nature of Order, Book 4 : An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe - Christopher Alexander

The Luminous Ground: The Nature of Order, Book 4

An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe

Hardcover Published: 15th July 2004
ISBN: 9780972652940
Number Of Pages: 356

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The foundations of modern scientific thought, four centuries old, are firmly rooted in a conception that the universe is a machinelike entity, a play of baubles, -machines, trinkets. Quantum mechanics and biology have begun to change this way of thinking, but even to this day, our real daily experience of ourselves as we actually are, has no clear place in science. No wonder that a machinelike world-view has supported the deadly architecture of the last century. Alexander breaks away completely from the one-sided mechanical model; he shows us conclusively that the emergence of every act from a larger wholeness must change our understanding completely, and leads inevitably to the fact that a spiritual, emotional, and personal basis must underlie every act of building. In the middle of the book comes the linchpin of the work; an 86-page chapter on color, which lavishly illustrates and dramatically conveys the way that consciousness and spirit make their appearance in the world. Throughout this fourth and final book, is a new cosmology uniting matter and consciousness: self inextricably joined to the substrate of matter, present in all matter, and providing wholeness with its underpinnings. The book provides a path for those contemporary scientists who are beginning to see consciousness as the underpinning of matter, and thus as a proper object of scientific study. It will change, forever, our conception of what buildings are. "I believe he is likely to be remembered most of all, in the end, for having produced the first credible proof of the existence of God . . ."-Eric Buck, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky Christopher Alexander is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, architect, builder and author of many books and technical papers. He is the winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, and after 40 years of teaching is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Phenomenon of Life
Prologue to Booksp. 1
The Art of Building and the Nature of the Universep. 1
Prefacep. 5
The Phenomenon of Lifep. 27
Degrees of Lifep. 63
Wholeness and the Theory of Centersp. 79
How Life Comes From Wholenessp. 109
Fifteen Fundamental Propertiesp. 143
The Fifteen Properties in Naturep. 243
The Personal Nature of Orderp. 299
The Mirror of the Selfp. 313
Beyond Descartes: A New Form of Scientific Observationp. 351
The Impact of Living Structure on Human Lifep. 371
The Awakening of Spacep. 403
Conclusionp. 441
Mathematical Aspects of Wholeness and Living Structurep. 445
The Process of Creating Life
Preface: On Processp. 1
Structure-Preserving Transformations
The Principle of Unfolding Wholenessp. 15
Structure-Preserving Transformationsp. 51
Structure-Preserving Transformations in Traditional Societyp. 85
Structure-Destroying Transformations in Modern Societyp. 107
Interlude
Living Process in the Modern Era: Twentieth-Century Cases Where Living Process did Occurp. 137
Living Processes
Generated Structurep. 175
A Fundamental Differentiating Processp. 203
Step-by-Step Adaptationp. 229
Each Step is Always Helping to Enhance the Wholep. 249
Always Making Living Centersp. 267
The Sequence of Unfoldingp. 299
Every Part Uniquep. 323
Patterns: Generic Rules for Making Centersp. 341
Deep Feelingp. 369
Emergence of Formal Geometryp. 401
Form Language and Stylep. 431
Simplicityp. 461
A New Paradigm for Process in Society
Encouraging Freedomp. 495
Massive Process Difficultiesp. 511
The Spread of Living Processes Throughout Society: Making the Shift to the New Paradigmp. 531
The Role of the Architect in the Third Millenniump. 551
Conclusionp. 565
A Small Example of a Living Processp. 571
A Vision of a Living World
Preface: Living Processes Repeated Ten Million Timesp. 1
Our Belonging to the Worldp. 25
Our Belonging to the World: Part Twop. 41
The Hulls of Public Spacep. 69
Large Public Buildingsp. 101
The Positive Pattern of Space and Volume in Three Dimensions on the Landp. 153
Positive Space in Engineering Structure and Geometryp. 191
The Character of Gardensp. 229
People Forming a Collective Vision for Their Neighborhoodp. 257
The Reconstruction of an Urban Neighborhoodp. 283
High Density Housingp. 311
Necessary Further Dynamics of Any Neighborhood Which Comes to Lifep. 333
The Uniqueness of People's Individual Worldsp. 361
The Character of Roomsp. 411
Construction Elements as Living Centersp. 447
All Building as Makingp. 481
Continuous Invention of New Materials and Techniquesp. 517
Production of Giant Projectsp. 561
Ornament as a Part of All Unfoldingp. 579
Color Which Unfolds from the Configurationp. 615
The Morphology of Living Architecture: Archetypal formp. 639
Conclusion: The World Created and Transformedp. 675
Appendix on Numberp. 683
The Luminous Ground
Preface: Towards a New Conception of the Nature of Matterp. 1
Our Present Picture of the Universep. 9
Clues from the History of Artp. 29
The Existence of an "I"p. 49
The Ten Thousand Beingsp. 73
The Practical Matter of Forging a Living Centerp. 111
Recapitulation of the Argumentp. 135
The Blazing Onep. 143
Color and Inner Lightp. 157
The Goal of Tearsp. 241
Making Wholeness Heals the Makerp. 261
Pleasing Yourselfp. 271
The Face of Godp. 301
Conclusion to the Four Books
A Modified Picture of the Universep. 317
Epilogue: Empirical Certainty and Enduring Doubtp. 339
Acknowledgementsp. 345
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ISBN: 9780972652940
ISBN-10: 0972652949
Series: Nature of Order
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 15th July 2004
Publisher: Center For Environmental Structure
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.2 x 20.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 4