Alexander proposes that the sense of “wholeness” can be accomplished through “Seven detailed rules of Growth”:
1. Piecemeal growth
2. The growth of larger wholes
4. The basic rule of positive urban space
5. Layout of large buildings
7. Formation of centres
Now I don’t want to spoil the ending, but Alexander goes to apply these rules to a case study where the development process is piecemeal, buildings are placed in consideration of the potential of forming centres and larger wholes. While there are some problems to the rules and he further explains the flaws tot he theory, what it has produced is the beginning of a new theory, opening the doors to further discussions about the current urban planning process.