„On the geometric level, we see certain physical elements repeated endlessly, combined in an almost endless variety of combinations… It is puzzling to realize that the elements, which seem like elementary building blocks, keep varying, and are different every time that they occur …. If the elements are different every time that they occur, evidently then, it cannot be the elements themselves which are repeating in a building or town; these so-called elements cannot be the ultimate "atomic" constituents of space.“

—  Christopher Alexander, livro The Timeless Way of Building, The Timeless Way of Building (1979), Cited in: Peter Coad (1992, p. 152)

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