“Bohm and I met, originally, because he had been told that I had some special ability to see wholeness. Based on that, in 1986, he and I spent two days together at the Krishnamurti Center in Ojai, California, in public discussion. In preparation for that event, Bohm was kind enough to read a very early version of The Nature of Order. It wasn’t more than a sketch when he read it. But after reading the last chapter of Book 4 (what has now been split in two to become chapter 1 and this conclusion), he then declared that in his view this material was the most interesting. I don’t remember whether he said interesting, or valuable, or important— but anyway, somehow he thought the conception of matter contained here was the most significant aspect of these books. It came closest, perhaps, to providing a complement to his own views.”
— Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order: The Luminous Ground
"One of the characteristics of any good environment is that it's highly adapted to its particularities."
"One of the efforts of the pattern language wasn't only to identify structural features which would make the environment positive and nurturing, but to do so in a fashion that would be in everyone's hands...so the whole thing would generate itself going forward."
"In traditional society, where people by and large built or laid out their own houses, their own streets and so on - the adaptation was natural - because it was in the hands of the people directly using it. So in the pattern language that existed in traditional society, they were able to generate a complete living structure because this local adaptation that had to happen *could** happen, because they all shared these languages.*"