AS THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE „THE NATURE OF ORDER“ IN ARCHITECTURE

Ivana Petruševski
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture

 

ABSTRACT
This paper establishes the correlation between the „nature of order“ of Christopher Alexander and the methods of generative design as well as their connection with nature. The research is focused on the practical application of Christopher Alexander’s theory on assuming the principles from the nature, with an objective of reconciliation of the built environment with nature and creation of the more agreeable living environment than the present one, by means of generative, parametric design in architecture and urbanism.
Christopher Alexander sees order in nature, whereas the human kind creates a completely new type of “order” constructing buildings and cities, even though not fully aware of the meaning of this notion. In order to establish the balance between these two orders, namely the unity between these two complex systems – the natural and artificial ones, according to Christopher Alexander, it is necessary to make transition of the principles from a well functioning system, the nature, into the artificial system. This paper explores the connection of the “nature of order” that is to say the “fifteen properties” of Christopher Alexander with the methods of generative design, in parallel search for correlation in the nature. The rules are associated with the methods of self-organisation and evolution methods being
the primary methods of generative design.

KEY WORDS
Christopher Alexanders Rules, generative design methodes, nature of order, phenomenon of life, self-organisational systems, evolutional systems

 

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SAJ Vol. 4, 2012, No. 3