This review is from: Notes on the Synthesis of Form (Harvard Paperbacks) (Paperback)
The idea of thinking about architectural design as if one where doing operational research, i.e. applying the same kind of mathematical language, is a theoretically interesting idea. I also understand that the book was cult reading among software engineers for a period, but I doubt that many architects are following the method Alexander suggests when doing practical design. While the intensions are good, the output quickly becomes complex, as he illustrates through the examples towards the end of the book. The book is still interesting, however, but primarily as a way of understanding how architects think and how to apply this kind of thinking into other areas of practice.
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