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The Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of Building

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780195024029
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 552
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This introductory volume to Alexander's other works, A Pattern of Language and The Oregon Experiment, explains concepts fundamental to his original approaches to the theory and application of architecture

A Pattern Language

A Pattern Language

Towns, Buildings, Construction

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199726531
  • Category: Architecture
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You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction. After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment, and this book, A Pattern Language. At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people. At the core of the books, too, is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain "languages," which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a forma system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. "Patterns," the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.

The Oregon Experiment

The Oregon Experiment

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780195018240
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 190
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Details the master architectural design plan currently being implemented at the University of Oregon, illustrating the participation of all members of a small community in the designing of their own environment

The Production of Houses

The Production of Houses

  • Author: Christopher Alexander,Howard Davis,Donald Corner
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 0195032233
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 381
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As an innovative thinker about building and planning, Christopher Alexander has attracted a devoted following. His seminal books--The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, and The Oregon Experiment--defined a radical and fundamently new process of environmental design. Alexander now gives us the latest book in his series--a book that puts his theories to the test and shows what sort of production system can create the kind of environment he has envisioned. The Production of Houses centers around a group of buildings which Alexander and his associates built in 1976 in northern Mexico. Each house is different and the book explains how each family helped to lay out and construct its own home according to the family's own needs and in the framework of the pattern language. Numerous diagrams and tables as well as a variety of anecdotes make the day-today process clear. The Mexican project, however, is only the starting point for a comprehensive theory of housing production. The Production of Houses describes seven principles which apply to any system of production in any part of the world for housing of any cost in any climate or culture or at any density. In the last part of the book, "The Shift of Paradigm," Alexander describes, in detail, the devastating nature of the revolution in world view which is contained in his proposal for housing construction, and its overall implications for deep-seated cultural change.

The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth

The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth

A Struggle Between Two World-Systems

  • Author: Christopher Alexander,Hans Joachim Neis,Maggie Moore Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 505
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Using the example of building the Eishin Campus in Japan, this book demonstrates the successful application of Christopher Alexander's principles and production methods to large-scale building projects and communities. It establishes the foundations of a new system of creation and production that includes the best of current building practices. It invites us, collectively and individually, to contribute to an entirely new built landscape, embracing creation, art, craft, technology, ecology, and science - all that we call architecture.

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674627512
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 216
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"These notes are about the process of design: the process of inventing things which display new physical order, organization, form, in response to function." This book, opening with these words, presents an entirely new theory of the process of design. In the first part of the book, Mr. Alexander discusses the process by which a form is adapted to the context of human needs and demands that has called it into being. He shows that such an adaptive process will be successful only if it proceeds piecemeal instead of all at once. It is for this reason that forms from traditional unselfconscious cultures, molded not by designers but by the slow pattern of changes within tradition, are so beautifully organized and adapted. When the designer, in our own self-conscious culture, is called on to create a form that is adapted to its context he is unsuccessful, because the preconceived categories out of which he builds his picture of the problem do not correspond to the inherent components of the problem, and therefore lead only to the arbitrariness, willfulness, and lack of understanding which plague the design of modern buildings and modern cities. In the second part, Mr. Alexander presents a method by which the designer may bring his full creative imagination into play, and yet avoid the traps of irrelevant preconception. He shows that, whenever a problem is stated, it is possible to ignore existing concepts and to create new concepts, out of the structure of the problem itself, which do correspond correctly to what he calls the subsystems of the adaptive process. By treating each of these subsystems as a separate subproblem, the designer can translate the new concepts into form. The form, because of the process, will be well-adapted to its context, non-arbitrary, and correct. The mathematics underlying this method, based mainly on set theory, is fully developed in a long appendix. Another appendix demonstrates the application of the method to the design of an Indian village.

The Oregon Experiment

The Oregon Experiment

  • Author: Keith Scribner
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307741834
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 331
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Performing field research in his job as a university professor, Oregon newcomer Scanlon Pratt becomes involved with an anarchist and a local secessionist movement, affiliations that are compromised by divided loyalties and the birth of his first child.

A New Theory of Urban Design

A New Theory of Urban Design

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0195037537
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 251
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Suggests a new approach to urban design in which cities grow more organically, provides a set of seven basic principles, and offers an experimental redesign of a section of San Francisco

The Nature of Order

The Nature of Order

An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe - Book One: The Phenomenon of Life

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780195106398
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 480
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Christopher Alexander's series of groundbreaking books--including The Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language--have illuminated the fundamental truths of traditional ways of building, revealing what gives life and beauty and true functionality to buildings and towns. Now, in The Nature of Order, Alexander delves into the essential properties of life itself, highlighting a common set of well-defined structures that he believes are present in all order--and in all life--from micro-organisms and mountain ranges to the creation of good houses and vibrant communities. In The Phenomenon of Life, the first volume in this masterwork, Alexander ponders the nature of order as an intellectual basis for a new architecture, proposing a well-defined scientific view of the world in which all space-matter has perceptible degrees of life. With this view as foundation, we can ask precise questions about what must be done to create life in the world--"whether in a single room...a doorknob...a neighborhood...even in a vast region." He presents the basic tenets of the concept, expanding on his theories of centers and of wholeness as a structure, and describes the fifteen properties from which he feels wholeness may be built. He also argues that living structure is at once both personal and structural, related not only to the geometry of space and how things work, but to human beings whose lives are ultimately based on feeling. Thus order, as the foundation of all things and as the foundation of all architecture, is both rooted in substance and rooted in feeling. Here then is the culmination of decades of intense thinking by one of the most innovative architects alive.

How Buildings Learn

How Buildings Learn

What Happens After They're Built

  • Author: Stewart Brand
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101562641
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 252
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Buildings have often been studies whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the connected farmhouses of New England to I.M. Pei's Media Lab, from "satisficing" to "form follows funding," from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth—this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory. More than any other human artifacts, buildings improve with time—if they're allowed to. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

The Linz Café

The Linz Café

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783854090212
  • Category: Forum Design
  • Page: 92
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The Linz Café is the fifth and latest book in a series which includes The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, The Oregon Experiment, and The Production of Houses[.] Here for the first time, Christopher Alexander describes a single building, commissioned by the organizers of the 1980 summer exposition "Forum Design" in Linz, Austria, with the explicit intention of allowing him to express his ideas, concepts, feelings, and philosophy, in a single building. "I thought at once that people would be tired after walking so much in the exhibit," Alexander writes, "and that what was needed most of all was a beautiful place to sit down, be comfortable, have a cup of coffee or a beer, enjoy the beauty of the Danube." The book describes the process of its design and the feelings which prompted it. Reflecting ideas presented in his earlier books and offering tantalizing glimpses of work now in progress, it deals with the ultimate spiritual reality of building. Among other things, there are first sketches of ideas, so far not published elsewhere, of Alexander's theory of color, his love of ornament, and illustrations of the hand-painted flowers with which he covered the inside of the café in the last days before its opening. --From dust jacket.

Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander

The Search for a New Paradigm in Architecture

  • Author: Stephen Grabow
  • Publisher: Routledge Kegan & Paul
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 306
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Discusses the influential theories of the English-born architect, analyzes his philosophical ideas, and looks at the resulting architectural designs

The Nature of Order: The phenomenon of life

The Nature of Order: The phenomenon of life

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 9780972652919
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 476
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This four-volume work allows the reader to form one picture of the world in which the perspectives from science, beauty and grace, and commonsense intuitions are interlaced.

How to win friends & influence people

How to win friends & influence people

  • Author: Dale Carnegie
  • Publisher: Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd
  • ISBN: 9352613937
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 224
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A City is Not a Tree

A City is Not a Tree

50th Anniversary Edition

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Sustasis Press/Off The Common Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 200
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The Wisdom Of Crowds

The Wisdom Of Crowds

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0385721706
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 306
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Looks at the theory that large groups have more collective intelligence than a smaller number of experts, drawing on a wide range of disciplines to offer insight into such topics as politics, business, and the environment.

Pattern Theory

Pattern Theory

Introduction and Perspectives on the Tracks of Christopher Alexander

  • Author: Helmut Leitner
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • ISBN: 9781505637434
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 160
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This book “Pattern Theory” summarizes the work of an important contemporary thinker, the architect and systems theorist Christopher Alexander, an emeritus professor at the University of Berkeley, California. In 1979 one of his books, "A Pattern Language", an 1100-page-essay on architecture and human life, became a non-fiction best seller that attracted half a million readers and continues to inspire people from many disciplines. The still broader four-volume essay "The Nature of Order" was published 2002-2004 as magnum opus. The life work of Alexander is outstanding. He develops a general theory of living systems, a systems theory based on the concepts center, wholeness and transformation by using design patterns and pattern languages as parts of the method. There is a whole new cosmos of thinking with astonishing bandwidth: Alexander suggests a new scientific paradigm that stands in opposition to the traditional causal mechanistic paradigm of natural science – and he offers a new knowledge format as a way to enable people and support their participation in design processes.Alexander's theories have already proven useful in education, organizational development, permaculture, and in software the design patterns have even become mainstream. Many disciplines are about to follow in this development. Pattern theory allows us to change our thinking, to rethink our world and to move towards a fairer society. This leads to more participation and higher sustainability. Alexander's concepts form a mental toolbox for societal change and innovation.

Kinetic Architecture

Kinetic Architecture

Design for Active Envelopes

  • Author: Charles Linn,The Images Publishing Group
  • Publisher: Images Publishing
  • ISBN: 1864704950
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 224
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A shift in the architecture industry’s focus in the last 20 years toward ecological concerns, long-term value, and user comfort has coincided with significant new developments in digital controls, actuators, shading typologies, building physics simulation capability, and material performance. This collision has afforded architects an expanded set of opportunities to create architecture that can respond directly to environmental conditions, resulting in innovative façade designs that quickly become landmarks for their cities. Authors Russell Fortmeyer and Charles Linn trace the historical development of active façades in modern architecture, and reveal how contemporary architects and consultants design and test these systems.