Media Advisory: Architect Christopher Alexander to speak on “battle” for Earth’s life, beauty

ATTENTION: Reporters covering architecture and design, new media, the environment and the arts

WHAT

“The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth,” a talk by Christopher Alexander, an often controversial professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Alexander is known for his groundbreaking work on how the built environment affects people’s lives.

The free talk hosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media’s Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium will be Alexander’s first public lecture on the West Coast in 10 years. It will focus on his planning and construction of the Eishin Higashino High School and College campus, a project of 29 buildings built near Toyko in the early 1980s on property covering about nine city blocks.

WHEN

7:30-9 p.m., Monday, May 2

WHERE

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, on the northwestern corner of campus, set back slightly from Hearst Avenue.

WHO

Alexander taught at UC Berkeley for 28 years. He is widely recognized as the father of the pattern language movement in computer science and is the author of “The Nature of Order,” “Timeless Way of Building” and “A Pattern Language.” The latter book touted a simplified building system that Alexander says can empower anyone to design and build at any scale.

DETAILS

To read more about the Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, see ATC. For more about Alexander, see a Slate magazine article about him. Images of Eishin are online.