Notes on the Synthesis of Form

@inproceedings{Alexander1964NotesOT,
  title={Notes on the Synthesis of Form},
  author={Christopher Alexander},
  year={1964}
}
Every design problem begins with an effort to achieve fitness between two entities: the form in question and its context. The form is the solution to the problem; the context defines the problem. We want to put the context and the form into effortless contact or frictionless coexistence, i.e., we want to find a good fit. For a good fit to occur in practice, one vital condition must be satisfied. It must have time to happen. In slow-changing, traditional, unselfconscious cultures, a form is… 
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