From Christopher Alexander’s, A Timeless Way of Building
6. The specific patterns out of which a building or a town is made may be alive or dead. To the extent that they are alive, they let our inner forces loose, and set us free; but when they are dead, they keep us locked in inner conflict.
7. The more living patterns there are in a place—a room, a building, or a town—the more it comes to life as an entirety, the more it grows, the more it has that self-maintaining fire which is the quality without a name.
8. And when a building has this fire, then it becomes a part of nature. Like ocean waves, or blades of grass, its parts are governed by the endless play of repetition and variety created by the presence of the fact that all things pass. This is the quality itself.
Has any place in Olympia ever done this to you?
Reference: Alexander, Christopher, The Timeless Way of Building. New York: Oxford UP, 1980. x-xi