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Loving & Hating Christopher Alexander

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School for Visual Arts (SVA) MFA in Interaction Design dotdotdot lecture, 4/15/2009. Interaction designers and computer programmers love Christopher Alexander. Architects hate him. Why?

School for Visual Arts (SVA) MFA in Interaction Design dotdotdot lecture, 4/15/2009. Interaction designers and computer programmers love Christopher Alexander. Architects hate him. Why?

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  • 1. LOVING AND HATING CHRISTOPHERALEXANDER molly@girlwonder.com girlwonder.com activesocialplastic.com twitter: @mollysteenson
  • 2. CHRISTOPHERALEXANDER IS DIFFICULT
  • 3. INTERACTION DESIGNERS AND COMPUTER SCIENTISTS
  • 4. INTERACTION DESIGNERS AND COMPUTER SCIENTISTS LOVE
  • 5. INTERACTION DESIGNERS AND COMPUTER SCIENTISTS LOVE CHRISTOPHERALEXANDER
  • 6. ARCHITECTS?
  • 7. ARCHITECTS? NOT SO MUCH.
  • 8. ARCHITECTS KIND OF HATE CHRISTOPHERALEXANDER.
  • 9. ALAN COOPER LOVES CHRISTOPHERA LEXANDER.
  • 10. HE IS, AFTER ALL, AN INTERACTION DESIGNER.
  • 11. PETER EISENMAN? NOT WHATSOEVER.
  • 12. (HE’S AN ARCHITECT.)
  • 13. ALAN COOPER PETER LOVES EISENMAN? CHRISTOPHERA NOT LEXANDER. WHATSOEVER.
  • 14. ALEXANDER AND EISENMAN HAVE A COMMON LINEAGE
  • 15. ALEXANDER EISENMAN
  • 16. •Studied architecture at Cambridge •Formal logic & generative systems •Moving to the US in the same time •Eisenman hated Alexander’s dissertation •A vicious debate at Harvard in 1983
  • 17. ―Design today has reached the stage where sheer inventiveness can no longer sustain it.‖ —Christopher Alexander, 1963
  • 18. BART
  • 19. (A FAMILIAR INTERACTIONDESIGN TOOL?)
  • 20. Christopher Alexander and artificial intelligence (AI)?
  • 21. MARVIN MINSKY
  • 22. ―I believe…that we are on the threshold of an era that will be strongly influence, and quite possibly dominated, by intelligent problem-solving
  • 23. SO WHY DO ARCHITECTS HATE CHRISTOPHERALEXANDER?
  • 24. ―The biggest obstacle to improved design standards is the obsolescence of designers themselves.‖ –Christopher Alexander & Serge Chermayeff
  • 25. ―Monument and doghouse alike bear the dreadful imprint of self-appointed genius or just plain incompetence.‖ –Christopher Alexander & Serge Chermayeff
  • 26. IT’S ALSO APPARENT WHY INTERACTION AND SYSTEM DESIGNERS REALLY LIKE HIM
  • 27. I’M NOT SURE WHERE I STAND, TO BE HONEST
  • 28. CHRISTOPHERALEXANDER IS DIFFICULT
  • 29. …BUT HIS DESIGN SYSTEMS STILL FASCINATE ME
  • 30. AND THAT’S WHY I’M UNTANGLING HIS INFLUENCES AND ARCHITECTURE’S LOVE- HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
  • 31. molly wrightsteenson molly@girlwonder.com girlwonder.com activesocialplastic.com twitter: @mollysteenson