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The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature of Order, Book 1: An Essay of the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe ハードカバー – イラスト付き, 2003/6/1
He identifies fifteen geometric properties which tend to accompany the presence of life in nature, and also in the buildings and cities we make. These properties are seen over and over in nature and in the cities and streets of the past, but they have almost disappeared in the impersonal developments and buildings of the last hundred years.
This book shows that living structures depend on features which make a close connection with the human self, and that only living structure has the capacity to support human well-being.
""Alexander's genetic scripts are likely to... play a role so fundamental in the future,that their widespread use cannot even be imagined today. This will change the world as effectively as the advent of printing changed the world.""- Doug Carlston, Co-founder, Broderbund Software, Founder & CEO, icPlanet.com;
""...I can think of no one, certainly no one in the last thirty or so years, who has produced a deeper, more profoundly meaningful, visionary and lasting body of work that both unifies and transcends science and spirituality, than Christopher Alexander.""- Andy Ilachinsky, Theoretical Physicist;
""Five hundred years is a long time, and I don't expect that many of the people I interview will be known in the year 2500. Alexander may be an exception.""- David Creelman, Author, Interviewer, and Editor, HR Magazine""...I believe Alexander 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
- 出版社 : Routledge; 第1版 (2003/6/1)
- 発売日 : 2003/6/1
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 746ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0972652914
- ISBN-13 : 978-0972652919
- 寸法 : 19.69 x 1.91 x 27.31 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 620,663位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
His work is about harmony and how you perceive it, describe it, and achieve it in the formulation of things in this world. This is the work's greatest strength and is highly attractive to those seeking to express and define harmony among things. I think this is also where it fails. I do not think conceptualized harmony as shown here is the full sum of the truth. As comforting an experience an ancient building is, I do not think civilization can evolve successfully under the philosophy expressed in this work. A timeless changeless form that evokes rest, peace, and an endless commune with nature may not be the proper measure of living. As attractive as those things sound.
Rather, I think his work is a great conditioning tool. A tool to broaden aesthetic capacity. A concept building tool to expand awareness of form, function, and relationships among elements. He presents a wide discussion that attempts to situate science, reason, intellect, empirical thought, creative awareness, and philosophy into proper contexts. An exercise that will prove beneficial for thinking beyond and outside of these subject domains. On these basis and a few others, it is a huge transformation.
I bought the books in 2009, it took me months to read and I have waited to write a review. I wanted to be sure of what I said about this important work. I lost my copies of the book during a move in 2013 and hope to one day gain a new set. I wanted it on the Kindle, but the books may be too large and the colorful photos may not translate properly.
He has written a candidate for the design world's theory of everything.
First off, the author claims to have used empirical methods to develop his theories. Take for example, the empirical method of showing photographs to his students and asking them to choose which photograph feels like it has "more life." However, in the vast majority of the photograph pairs, the photograph with "more life" contains more water, vegetation, a younger girl, or more smiling people. Anyone with even college undergrad-level of understanding of human psychology would be able to point out that humans will respond to the colors blue and green, the youth in a young girl, or the follow-the-leader pack mentality present in the "living" photographs, even without the tenuous spatial relationships (the "centers") that the author tries to credit for his empirical results.
From this shaky foundation, the author goes on to construct an extremely unconvincing worldview that attempts to describe both spirituality/feeling/God/centers and function, arguing that function follows the correct configuration of "centers" and "wholeness" with increasingly metaphysical language and sentence structure. It is in many parts difficult to read.
The truth is that ANY reasonable-sounding explanation can be applied to all of his concrete examples, even perhaps a randomly generated explanation would have as much rigor as the author's explanations. You may even be able to show, through an actual empirical study, that a randomly-generated explanation performs even better when subjected to the author's "empirical" studies.
Some of his ideas are interesting and the photographs are often very beautiful (perhaps not for the reasons the author wants you to believe), however I felt like I was wasting my time reading this book.