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You're Screwing Up The World - Profound Opposite Truths in Architecture


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Most of the slides from a talk I got to give at IA CAMP in Tokyo, Japan on June 17, 2015.

The slides in red are place-holders for as-yet unpublished excerpts from a speech Christopher Alexander gave at the Harvard GSD in 1982.

I received permission from Mr. Alexander's representatives to use the material in Tokyo for this event, but have not yet asked for all of the relevant permissions to publish.

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You're Screwing Up The World - Profound Opposite Truths in Architecture

  1. 1. Profound Opposite Truths in Architecture You’re Screwing Up The World “ “
  2. 2. You’re Screwing Up The World “ “ Profound Opposite Truths in Architecture
  3. 3. Maggie Moore Alexander Lily Alexander Center for Environmental Structure With deepest gratitude to:
  4. 4. Visual Materials Collections Frances Loeb Library Harvard University Graduate School of Design In anticipation of the assistance of
  5. 5. Photo from Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Collection, Call Number LC-D4-3320
  6. 6. Dwelling …[is] more than shelter. Places represent architecture’s share in truth.Christian Norberg-Shulz
  7. 7. wholeness
  8. 8. living structure
  9. 9. feeling
  10. 10. order
  11. 11. We must learn to see each not-wholeness expanding action (even if minor) as a bomb blast to the world - Christopher Alexander
  12. 12. Even architects not immune to the charms of the places depicted, are loath to pursue the folksy aesthetic they see as implied and do not want to engage with such primitive construction - Peter Buchanan
  13. 13. The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth. - Nils Bohr
  14. 14. 1982
  15. 15. 19631962
  16. 16. using architecture as a means of expressing other kinds of formal order 2011
  17. 17. “ Less the molding of space to solve a problem than it is the concrete realization of a theoretical idea. Not a singular, unified object [ but ] a building that attempts to move beyond singularity of place to a multiple, dynamic idea of what enclosure is, what defines inside and outside. ''a building that is waiting to be a building'' 1989
  18. 18. 1982
  19. 19. 1982
  20. 20. 2012
  21. 21. 1985
  22. 22. ありがとう @undrstndng