Monday, July 11, 2011

A Quality Without a Name

Hurdal Verk, Akershus

The building, like the countless buildings of traditional society, has the simplicity of a rough pencil drawing. Done in a few minutes, the drawing captures the whole – the essence and the feeling of a horse in motion, a woman bending – because its parts are within the rhythm of the whole.

And just so with the building now. It has a certain roughness. But it is full of feeling, and it forms a whole.

The Timeless Way of Building, by Christopher Alexander, page 474

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