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Term Winter 2011
Class UP 696
Class Title Interdisciplinary Seminar: Reading Alexander’s The Nature of Order
Description Alexander is one of the most interesting and controversial theorists in architecture and urban design. In the Nature of Order he summarizes 30 years of work to provide a framework for architecture and planning that combines a scientific perspective, and an empirical understanding of beauty and life in natural and built environments, combined with a common sense approach to our intuitions about everyday life. The purpose of this seminar is to read, discuss and critique the first and second volumes of the series: Vol. 1 – The Phenomenon of Life, and Vol. 2 – The Process of Creating Life. Through reading the book, and simple class and homework exercises, students will gain familiarity and in depth understanding of Alexander’s theory; an understanding that will enable them to experiment with this knowledge in their own creative and scientific work.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Meets Fridays 8:30-11:30am 1227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Yodan Rofè
Syllabus not available