The Nature of Order Book Three A Vision of A Living World

The Nature of Order  Book Three  A Vision of A Living World

The Nature of Order Book Three A Vision of A Living World

Christopher Alexander's series of ground-breaking books including A Pattern Language and The Timeless Way of Building have pointed to fundamental truths of the way we build, revealing what gives life and beauty and true functionality to our buildings and towns. Now, in The Nature of Order, Alexander explores the properties of life itself, highlighting a set of well-defined structures present in all order and in all life from micro-organisms and mountain ranges to good houses and vibrant communities. From a practical point of view, A Vision of a Living World is the most compelling of the four books. Hundreds of photographs and plans of new buildings that have living structure, and the processes which gave them life, demonstrate, for the first time, what the concept of living structure can mean in buildings of our time and of the future. The really good building. The really good space. Places that reach an archetypal level of human experience, reaching across centuries, across continents, across cultures, across technology, across building materials and climates. They connect us to ourselves. They connect us to our feelings. What is more, as we study them, we realize that they all share a similar geometry. How are they made? The practical task of making beauty is the principal subject of this volume. Hundreds of examples of buildings and places are shown. New forms for large buildings, public spaces, communities, neighborhoods, lead to discussions about equally important small scale of detail and ornament and colour. Many of the examples are built by Alexander and his colleagues; other buildings explored take us around the world and through time. With these examples, lay people, architects, builders, artists, and students are able to make this new framework real for themselves, understand how it works, and understand its significance. The book is a feast for the eyes, and mind, and heart. Places created by living process (Book 2) have living structure (Book 1), and they connect us to our essence as people (Book 4). The seven hundred pictures of Alexander's buildings and works of art shown in this book demonstrate in detail what he means. Taken as a whole, the four books create a sweeping new conception of the nature of things which is both objective and structural (hence part of science) and also personal (in that it shows how and why things have the power to touch the human heart). A step has been taken, through which these two domains the domain of geometrical structure and the feeling it creates kept separate during four centuries of scientific though from 1600 to 2000, have finally been united. The Nature of Order constitutes the backbone of Building Beauty: Ecologic Design Construction Process, an initiative aimed at radically reforming architecture education, with the emphasis of making as a way to access a transformative vision of the world. The 15 fundamental properties of life guide our work and have given us much more than a set of solutions. The Nature of Order has given us the framework in which we can search and build up our own solutions. In order to be authentically sustainable, buildings and places have to be cared for and loved over generations. Beautiful buildings and places are more likely to be loved, and they become more beautiful, and loved, through the attention given to them over time. Beauty is therefore, not a luxury, or an option, it includes and transcends technological innovation, and is a necessary requirement for a truly sustainable culture. ' Dr. Sergio Porta, International Director, Building Beauty ( www.buildingbeauty.org) Professor of Urban Design, Director of Urban Design Studies Unit, and Director of Masters in Urban Design, University of Strathclyde

Our Living World 1

Our Living World 1

Our Living World 1

The series is based on the latest NCERT syllabus. The books will make children sensitive to the environment and the need for its protection. NCF 2005 advocates the learning-from-everyday-life approach which has been adopted for the lessons. Interesting fun facts will stimulate the curious minds of the young learners. Included is a section on safety habits, Time to Do aims to promote learning through interactive activities.

Animism

Animism

Animism

How have human cultures engaged with and thought about animals, plants, rocks, clouds, and other elements in their natural surroundings? Do animals and other natural objects have a spirit or soul? What is their relationship to humans? In this new study, Graham Harvey explores current and past animistic beliefs and practices of Native Americans, Maori, Aboriginal Australians, and eco-pagans. He considers the varieties of animism found in these cultures as well as their shared desire to live respectfully within larger natural communities. Drawing on his extensive casework, Harvey also considers the linguistic, performative, ecological, and activist implications of these different animisms.

Our Living World 3

Our Living World 3

Our Living World 3

The series is based on the latest NCERT syllabus. The books will make children sensitive to the environment and the need for its protection. NCF 2005 advocates the learning-from-everyday-life approach which has been adopted for the lessons. Interesting fun facts will stimulate the curious minds of the young learners. Included is a section on safety habits, Time to Do aims to promote learning through interactive activities.

Our Living World 5

Our Living World 5

Our Living World 5

The series is based on the latest NCERT syllabus. The books will make children sensitive to the environment and the need for its protection. NCF 2005 advocates the learning-from-everyday-life approach which has been adopted for the lessons. Interesting fun facts will stimulate the curious minds of the young learners. Included is a section on safety habits, Time to Do aims to promote learning through interactive activities.

Our Living World 4

Our Living World 4

Our Living World 4

The series is based on the latest NCERT syllabus. The books will make children sensitive to the environment and the need for its protection. NCF 2005 advocates the learning-from-everyday-life approach which has been adopted for the lessons. Interesting fun facts will stimulate the curious minds of the young learners. Included is a section on safety habits, Time to Do aims to promote learning through interactive activities.

Our Living World 2

Our Living World 2

Our Living World 2

The series is based on the latest NCERT syllabus. The books will make children sensitive to the environment and the need for its protection. NCF 2005 advocates the learning-from-everyday-life approach which has been adopted for the lessons. Interesting fun facts will stimulate the curious minds of the young learners. Included is a section on safety habits, Time to Do aims to promote learning through interactive activities.

The Mathematical Nature of the Living World

The Mathematical Nature of the Living World

The Mathematical Nature of the Living World

The topic of the book a theory of functional biology thatincorporates the fundamental principles underlying the functioning ofliving organisms is clearly appropriate as we celebrate the 50thanniversary of the discovery by Watson and Crick of the structure ofthe DNA molecule.

Snowmelt Wood Book 1 of the Keepers Series

Snowmelt Wood   Book 1 of the Keepers Series

Snowmelt Wood Book 1 of the Keepers Series

Sharp hissing filled the air as arrows began to fly in, unerringly hitting the mark and taking down sentry after sentry. Still there were too many men left too close to the downed man and the arrows had stopped as quickly as they had begun. Suddenly an earsplitting roar shook the air and made the men jump. A woman landed in their midst, snatching up the fallen sword and then swinging with practiced precision at the group. Three men were down. Four. Five. The remaining few sentries turned and fled as Thunderstroke walked over to help Summersong to his feet. “Didn’t I tell you to stay out of the battle tonight?” he yelled half-heartedly at her, taking her hand and getting up. “The archers had to transport out, a large group of sentries is coming up the road behind them and they were in an exposed area! Quickly! We have to get those people out! THUNDER!” she shouted up into the air and the large amethyst dragon settled down to the ground.

The Living World

The Living World

The Living World

Harnessing new enthusiasm for Nan Shepherd's writing, The Living World asks how literature might help us reimagine humanity's place on earth in the midst of our ecological crisis. The first book to examine Shepherd's writing through an ecocritical lens, it reveals forgotten details about the scientific, political and philosophical climate of early twentieth century Scotland, and offers new insights into Shepherd's distinctive environmental thought. More than this, this book reveals how Shepherd's ways of relating to complex, interconnected ecologies predate many of the core themes and concerns of the multi-disciplinary environmental humanities, and may inform their future development. Broken down into chapters focusing on themes of place, ecology, environmentalism, Deep Time, vital matter and selfhood, The Living World offers the first integrated study of Shepherd's writing and legacy, making the work of this philosopher, feminist, amateur ecologist, geologist, and innovative modernist, accessible and relevant to a new community of readers.