Resource Center

The spirit, the feeling for the buildings, the possibility of using these new materials, new configurations, the possibility of creating a system of construction which people who knew nothing about building could follow, could use successfully in their own houses, depended essentially on this daily connection which we had to the design and to the building, both. It depended, in its very essence, on the fact that these buildings were, for us, made things, things understood, built, never drawn, never thought out for someone else to build… and that everything we ever knew was something we learned ourselves, in our own yard, from trial and error and experience.

Welcome to the Resource Center. In this room we share our stories and reflections related to our own experiences of making places, as well as those of living in places that are worth remembering and passing on as good lessons for the future. You are most welcome to get in touch with staff if you have stories you would like to share.

The Legacy of Christopher Alexander: Form Language, Pattern Language, and Complexity by Nikos Salingaros

Nikos Salingaros’ essay appears in Common Edge and was adapted from a lecture given to the Building Beauty Master’s Program in April 2018. ‘Form language… Read more

Nikos Salingaros: The Legacy of Christopher Alexander and a New Conception of the Universe

Here is Nikos Salingaros’ lecture on the ideas of Christopher Alexander from the last chapters of The Luminous Ground: The Nature of Order Volume 4,… Read more

Site Analysis and Project Language Report for the Sant’Anna Institute

The Site Analysis and Project Language for the Sant’Anna Institute is our students’ summary of their work in the first term of Building Beauty. It… Read more

Sorrento Gardens Form Language

Our students and staff have created a Form Language that presents the geometrical elements and other characteristics of gardens in Sorrento and nearby towns. This… Read more

Nikos Salingaros: Design Patterns and Living Architecture

A promised new era of unprecedented design innovation has as its goal to generate a humane, healing environment for the user. This booklet aims to… Read more

Nikos Salingaros: The Patterns of Architecture

Pattern theory has not as yet transformed architectural practice—despite the acclaim for A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander’s book, which introduced and substantiated the theory. However,… Read more

Michelangelo’s Lesson: Specialization in Architecture is Not The Only Way

Duo Dickinson shares his reactions to a recent exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in New York, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer. Back to: Resource Center… Read more

Tiles in Architecture

From a lecture by Chris Andrews Download the slides: Tiles in Architecture: A Taste of the Tremendous Potential of Color & Ornament in Buildings (10mb… Read more

Pattern and Project Languages

From a lecture by Chris Andrews December 21, 2017 What are patterns? What is a pattern language? How are pattern languages helpful in building projects?… Read more

Playing With Bits of Light

From a lecture by Chris Andrews What do classical carpets have to do with architecture? Download the slides: Playing With Bits of Light (Interlaces and… Read more

The Ethical Pattern Maker

From a lecture by Chris Andrews How can we better understand and make arts and design that learn the process of craft from traditional methods,… Read more

The Dutchman’s Pipe: Fifteen Geometric Properties of Wholeness

Recently, Narendra Dengle, one of our staff members here at Building Beauty, noticed a flower in the yard next door to his home. He became… Read more

How To Build an Earthquake-Proof Structure

How To Build An Earthquake-Proof Structure from Building Beauty on Vimeo. A three-minute video explaining traditional, earthquake-proof structural design techniques utilized in the Forbidden City… Read more

Community Building in Action has published an astounding story about five middle-school students who have repurposed plastic water bottles to make a roof for their school restroom. Back… Read more

Peppino Impastato, Jan. 5, 1948 – May 9, 1978

Political activist and Journalist Giuseppe “Peppino” Impastato died 39 years ago, targeted for his struggles against corruption and organized crime. If we taught beauty to people we would… Read more

Creative Process

This picture is of the Eishin construction site — the Great Hall and the Main Gate. It demonstrates using stakes, poles, and ropes, to mark… Read more

Interwoven Meanings of the Word “Feeling” In a Living Process

Since the word “feeling” has several different interwoven meanings in relation to a living process, I shall recapitulate the different ways that feeling and living… Read more

The Sense of “Belonging”

I believe process, deeply changed process, is the only real way for us to recapture our sense of belonging to the earth. In the course… Read more

The Geometry of Living Reality and Beauty

What, then, is this whole that has arisen from the buildings we have built, working together with the students and teachers and visitors who come… Read more

Bavra Story

Alexander’s first building demonstrated his quest for simple beauty in the village of Bavra, in India, where he lived after completing his Ph.D. in Architecture… Read more


Beauty is a light-hearted, easy thing, that sits on cobwebs, a cushion on a chair, a single camellia blossom hanging in the mouth of a… Read more

Our Birthright

Christopher Alexander ends A Vision of a Living World, Book 3 of The Nature of Order series (pp.681-3) with this passage. OUR BIRTHRIGHT I should… Read more

The Geometry of Living Neighborhoods

by Christopher Alexander Now, what do I mean by geometry? When we use the word geometry, we most immediately think of Euclid, of straight lines,… Read more

1. Words: from page 453 of The Production of Houses, Alexander, C., Davis, H., Martinez, J., & Corner, D. (1985). New York: Oxford University Press.