A city is not a tree

Regions have a relation

Christopher Alexander is a mathematician, visionary architect and philosopher. One of his better known articles A City is not a Tree has had a strong influence on thinking about cities and planning. This kind of thinking links with David Kolb’s essay on sprawling spaces – strange how computer scientists and programmers find this spatial thinking so important.

See also A Pattern Language which must have launched a thousand Objects.

“We begin with that part of the language which defines a town or community. These patterns can never be “designed” or “built” in one fell swoop- but patient piecemeal growth, designed in such a way that every individual act is always helping to create or generate these larger global patterns, will, slowly and surely, over the years, make a community that has these global patterns in it.”
See also the Patternlanguage wiki

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