Virtual and Physical: architect Christopher Alexander on living spaces

Dr Bonna Jones, Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
Yen Wong, Learning & Technology Librarian, State Library of Victoria


Christopher Alexander is a controversial architect who believes that those who build physical spaces must address the question of human feeling. When combined with some ideas on metamedia literacy, there are implications in his work for the building of social online spaces such as Inside-a-Dog, a new site being developed by the State Library of Victoria for young readers.

Many were keen to go to this presentation, but in the end it didn’t deliver. Too much theory and light on content.
Relationships between parts and whole. Emergent things.
Neglect of the importance of the human feeling and the beauty of shape.
There wasn’t much in this for us. Eventually I fell asleep.

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