Christopher Alexander Speaks the Secret Language of Patterns

Alexander attempts to define and understand the essence of a "living" structure. He talks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden onAll Things Considered, January 29, 2005.

LISTEN to Alexander's interview.

In the late 1970s, Christopher Alexander became an icon in the architecture world with his book, A Pattern Language. In it, he argued for injecting personal, emotional and spiritual qualities into manmade structures, streets and cities. Alexander's book challenged the architectural establishment and derided much that's been built over the past century as "deadly."

We were first exposed to his work by Matt and Gail Taylor, masters in designing living, collaborative spaces that accelerate innovation through releasing group genius.

The Taylor's work is infused with Alexander's theories of pattern language; as well as Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelliegences and Buckminster Fuller's work with tensigrity.