Latest Building Beauty Community News

A new architecture we can conceive in our hearts, and build with our own hands, using processes that encourage us to make places of life and beauty.

Architect Chris Andrews: The Line of the Arabesque

March 18, 2017

Chris Andrews presents a fascinating look at how the methods he learned from Christopher Alexander generate astounding results in his work with Turkish carpets, from the advantages natural and organic dyes, all the way up to deepening an understanding of fractal structure expressed in the process of weaving.  

Interview with Besim S. Hakim

March 18, 2017

Besim S. Hakim’s  response to the question: “BUILDING BEAUTY IS AN EFFORT TO LEARN ABOUT THE BEAUTY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE REAL WORLD: WHAT IS YOUR WORK GOING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THAT?” During the Fall of 1975 I and ten of my senior architecture students spent nine weeks in the village of Sidi … Read more

Interview with Bin Jiang

March 9, 2017

In this interview, Bin Jiang discusses how he discovered Christopher Alexander’s ideas, how these ideas foresaw Google PageRank before Google, how they are more profound than Benoit Mandelbrot’s fractals, about their connections to scientific discovery, and how his own pioneering mathematical work directly applies to projects at Building Beauty.  David Getzin: What are some of your ideas for the school? … Read more

Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju Interview

February 22, 2017

Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju and David Getzin have a fascinating conversation about ancient philosophical values, the biological practicality of urban periphery building, architecture as a form of yoga, how making heals the maker, and reviving wisdom “lost for a thousand years.”  

Narendra Dengle Interview

February 20, 2017

Narendra Dangle and David Getzin talk about his meeting Maggie and Sergio, the founding ethos of the program and how architects do well to listen to and work with the extant wisdom of local building methods.  

Sandro Balducci joins our staff.

February 18, 2017

We are proud to announce new staff joining Building Beauty, Sandro Balducci, welcome Sandro! www.sandrobalducci.com @SandroBalducci

Yodan Rofè Interview

February 15, 2017

We talk with Yodan Rofè about how the Building Beauty Program is like no other in the world. He provides information on his extensive background with collaborations in living process, the attempt to make objective measurements of value in built form and what he sees for the school going forward.  

Michael Mehaffy Interview

February 10, 2017

Watch our interview with Michael Mehaffy, discussing the intersection of technology and hands-on experience in the Building Beauty program.    

Maggie Moore Alexander Interview

February 10, 2017

Here is our interview video with Maggie Moore Alexander, discussing the Building Beauty program and her prior work with Christopher Alexander.  

Sergio Porta Interview

February 10, 2017

Watch the new video, our interview with Sergio Porta, discussing the origins of and vision for the Building Beauty Program.  

New Brocure

February 10, 2017

New Brochure with program details of the new Building Beauty program in Naples, now available. Check it out!

Featured on LinkedIn

February 10, 2017

“The Timeless Way of Educating Architects: A New Master course | Naples, Italy”  on LinkedIn.


1. Words: from The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A struggle between two world-systems, Alexander, C., Neis, H., & Alexander, M. M. (2012). New York: Oxford University Press.