“The way to build is a process which brings order out of nothing but ourselves; it cannot be attained, but it will happen of its own accord, if we will only let it. “There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. “The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way. It is not possible to make [anything] where you feel yourself and where you feel alive, except by following this way. And, as you will see, this way will lead anyone who looks for it to buildings which are themselves as ancient in their form, as the trees and hills, and as our faces are.”
–Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building.