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Alexander's ragtime fan

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Professor Christopher Alexander, former Berkeley campus guru now returned to his roots here, is to be the subject of a new book, by none other that Brian Hanson, formerly director of the PoW Institute (yet another one) and still at its projects office. Alexander was, like Hanson, a founding trustee of the institute. This will be only the second book on the Vienna- born architectural radical and mathematician, following on from Stephen Grabow's Christopher Alexander: The Search for a New Paradigm in Architecture, published 15 years ago. A useful interviewee would be degw's Frank Duffy, a post-graduate contemporary of Alexander's from the us in the 1960s. His views on the academic's progressive abandonment of, and then tirades against, the orthodoxies of Modernism would make for diverting reading.

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