News and Building Beauty Dispatches

A new architecture we can conceive in our hearts, and build with our own hands,
using processes that encourage us to make places of life and beauty.
Christopher Alexander, 2012

Live International Design Event Series

February 15, 2018

Students at Building Beauty in Sorrento, Italy, are joining with Architecture students at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and the University of San Francisco,… Read more

Building Beauty Dispatch #2

February 3, 2018

American Advisory Board Report Many thanks to over 50 practitioners and academics who have signed on to our American Advisory Board! We very much appreciate… Read more

World Urban Forum Partner

February 1, 2018

Building Beauty is an official partner of the networking event Achieving Sustainability Through Inclusive Heritage Based Development in Asian Cities, which will take place in… Read more

Featured in Building Green

January 25, 2018

NEWS BRIEF Architecture as a Hands-on Search for Beauty Based on Christopher Alexander’s ideas about design, a new degree program combines ecological thought, building skills,… Read more

Architectural Education Will have to Change or Risk Becoming Irrelevant

January 4, 2018

By Duo Dickinson First published at Common/Edge. Knowledge Is Good” was the banal inscription on the statue of Faber College founder, Emil Faber, in the movie, Animal… Read more

Cities Alive: Jane Jacobs, Christopher Alexander and the Roots of the New Urban Renaissance

December 6, 2017

Michael Mehaffy‘s comments on his new book Cities Alive: Cities are experiencing a renaissance today, because we’ve begun to understand how they really work —… Read more

Building Beauty Dispatch #1

December 5, 2017

Building Beauty: Ecologic Design and Construction Process, a post-graduate specialist program in Architecture, is now underway in Sorrento, Italy, at the Sant’Anna Institute. Initially planned to be… Read more

A Home Called New England: a celebration of hearth and history

November 29, 2017

Duo Dickinson’s new book is a unique slice of New England: culture, history, homes, people the images and stories are delightful for anyone who loves… Read more

The Handbook of Urban Morphology

October 26, 2017

Staff member Karl Kroph’s new book is out now: The Handbook of Urban Morphology.   .nav-links {display: none;} .entry-title {padding-top: 1em;} .entry-footer {display: none;} Back to:… Read more

Architecture and the Illusive, Maddening and Thrilling Quest for Beauty

August 18, 2017

By Duo Dickinson First published at Common/Edge. Why am I an architect?” It’s the architect’s lament. Sometimes it’s easy to forget. In creating a talk for… Read more

INTBAU features Building Beauty

August 16, 2017

Building Beauty: Ecologic Design and Construction Process Posted 16 Aug 2017 First Level Master in Architecture. Naples, Italy | October 2017 – May 2018 The… Read more

Report on Building Beauty Meetings at UNISOB, Naples, Italy, April 12-14, 2017

May 11, 2017

By Yodan Rofe, Susan Ingham, & Chris Andrews This report summarizes our April 12-14, 2017 visit to the Università Suor Orsola Benincasa (UniSOB) in Naples,… Read more

Sandro Balducci joins our staff.

February 18, 2017

We are proud to announce new staff joining Building Beauty, Sandro Balducci, welcome Sandro! www.sandrobalducci.com @SandroBalducci   .nav-links {display: none;} .entry-title {padding-top: 1em;} .entry-footer {display: none;}… Read more

David Rudlin

February 10, 2017

David Rudlin, winner of the Wolfson Economic Prize 2014 is now staff at BB. We all delighted having David with us!   .nav-links {display: none;}… Read more

Felice Tagliaferri

February 10, 2017

Particularly proud of new outstanding collaboration: Felice Tagliaferri will work with our staff/students in Naples!   .nav-links {display: none;} .entry-title {padding-top: 1em;} .entry-footer {display: none;}… Read more

Munishwar Ganju and Narendra Dengle

February 10, 2017

Proud to announce that Narendra Dengle and Munishwar Ganju, authors of The discovery of Architecture have joined us in Naples!   .nav-links {display: none;} .entry-title… Read more

“The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism” is now out

February 10, 2017

Our staff Camillo Boano’s The Ethics of  a Potential Urbanism is now out for Routledge.   .nav-links {display: none;} .entry-title {padding-top: 1em;} .entry-footer {display: none;}… Read more

Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi

February 10, 2017

Excellent news: Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi, co-author of A System View of Life has joined us! Welcome!   .nav-links {display: none;} .entry-title {padding-top: 1em;} .entry-footer… Read more

Announcement at PUARL Conference, October 29 2016

October 16, 2016

The Building Beauty program was announced at the PUARL conference in San Francisco on October 29, 2016. PUARL Conference Paper PUARL Conference Presentation   .nav-links… Read more


1. Words: from The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A struggle between two world-systems, Alexander, C., Neis, H., & Alexander, M. M. (2012). New York: Oxford University Press.