A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
ISBN: 0195019199
EAN13: 9780195019193
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 25, 1977
Pages: 1171
Dimensions: 2.28" H x 7.72" L x 5.51" W
Weight: 2.51 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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 Read More chevron_right

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   I can't put it down
This might be one of the best books I have ever purchased. It arrived 2 days ago, but I can 't get enough of it. If you are thinking about buying it, do it. It is incredibly profound!
   Classic book on design patterns. A must have for ...
Classical book on design patterns. A must have for every architect of every time, enterprise architect or building architect!
   A book for EVERYONE'S shelf... especially those ...
A book for EVERYONE 'S Shelf... especially those planning to build or expand senior communities. No more long bleak hallways. Buildings built to be inhabited with souls by PEOPLE.
   Reference Book
This is an excellent reference book on architecture. Our practice refers to it for the design of complexes, and our students use it for their design assignments.
   A Recipe Book for Built Environment Design
A classic and ambitious book by Christopher Alexander. Each ingredient is carefully researched and measured. Designersarchitects, however, play a big role in interpreting the recipes by changing the measurement and/or ingredients through their creativity in design, which very well enhances taste from delicacyumami or fine dining.
   Human building in accordance with our nature
I am a world creator - hobbyist who pursues knowledge in cartography, geography, biomes and economics. The organization of human building projects, as it relates to social need and psychology, is a major takeaway from this book. I have given this book, as well as the other book by authors, The Timeless Way of Building, to friends in design and architecture. You'll find yourself eager to share the concepts you weren 't aware of that exist in this field with your friends.
   It's like a Montgomery Ward Chistmas catalogue for grown-ups
I can spend hours reading it and re-designing my house in my mind. Of course, not everything is practical when you start with an existing building and a limited budget, but I have used several of the ideas in various remodeling of my homes. I think the quote is from Sarah Susanka, but A Bay Window is the grown-up version of building a child's fortress under the dining table perfectly describes the wonder of the pattern language.
   Jewel of a book, disaster of a digital edition
The book is delightful as far as I have read it. The digital edition of it is a disgrace though. Apparently, no one ran through the text files after optical character recognition was read on a scan of the book, otherwise the text would not reference residents speaking on '' home tcnitoiy .
   Design with Life in Mind
Just finished the A pattern language. One of the most important books I ever read. Its theme and title are somewhat deceiving. This is a book about the way we live as individuals and collectively. and how the structures we build around these lives either enrich or detract from this experience. The authors have created a timeless way of communicating the “ how and why ” of building structures and society around us by working from the macro level down to the most minute details and back. It believes that this should be mandatory reading for everyone.
   The BIBLE on Real Land Planning and Design
The Bible on urban planning and the recipes for long lasting livable cities, homes taking questions from time-tested practices over the centuries. Written half a century ago by a boomer, you wonder about all these Millenial Green preachers who are protesting for the very same changes. The last 15 years saw some of the patterns really being implemented. Written much like a collection of recipes with instructions, materials, etc.