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Christopher Alexander
(4 Oct 1936 - )

Austrian-American civil engineer, architect and design engineer whose many books describe design from the scale of a room or a building or town planning. With a human-centred outlook, his design theories extend beyond architecture to even computer science and sociology.

Science Quotes by Christopher Alexander (3 quotes)

In my life as an architect, I found that the single thing which inhibits young professionals, new students most severely, is their acceptance of standards that are too low.
— Christopher Alexander
In 'Foreword' written for Richard P. Gabriel, Patterns of Software: Tales from the Software Community (1996), vii.
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The reason that iron filings placed in a magnetic field exhibit a pattern—or have form, as we say—is that the field they are in is not homogeneous. If the world were totally regular and homogeneous, there would be no forces, and no forms. Everything would be amorphous. But an irregular world tries to compensate for its own irregularities by fitting itself to them, and thereby takes on form.
— Christopher Alexander
In Notes on the Synthesis of Form (1964), 15.
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The ultimate object of design is form.
— Christopher Alexander
In Notes on the Synthesis of Form (1964), 15.
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