How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built
ISBN: 0140139966
EAN13: 9780140139969
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 1995
Pages: 252
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 10.9" L x 8.4" W
Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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.

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   An excellent and enjoyable study in how buildings are designed and ...
Brand opens the door to the history of renovations, alterations and satisficing what we do with our buildings. We built the building -- but does it fit? What happens if the halls are too narrow, the atrium too echoey and the lecture halls are tucked out of the way? Why is the roof leaking? What happens when technology changes and you have to implement data connections into a 300 year old building? Ever try to make a building ADA compliant for 300 years old? Brand explores the history of building design, the changes owners make to their buildings, the strategies buildings take in longevity, and the 6 layers that make up a site, structure, services, space plan, stuff and skin.
   Essential for facilities managers and architecture students
After 11 years as Facility Manager at a big tech company, this book reaffirmed how and why I built spaces the way I did. I would consider this required reading for all my future employees and any student interested in learning about the what and how of building things designed for time and occupancy rather than just for photographs.
   Whole Earth Catalog of buildings improving functionally and aesthetically with age.
Published by the whole of Earth catalog genius, this book should be mandatory for residential architects and all prospective or existing home owners thinking about remodeling, buying or building a house. In each chapter one can spend hours and hours reading its many illustrative descriptions, critiques, and histories with extensive photos on a vast array of subjects.
   This is a great book!
We were pleased to receive a good copy in such a used condition. We often find ourselves referring back to the illustrations and insights of the book.
   Valuable read if you are interested in the topic.
This book is obviously not for everyone, but if you are interested enough in the subject to read the reviews, you will be happy with the purchase. The author tends to ramble a bit at times and he makes a few points more than needed, but so far I have gotten a lot out of it, and it has changed the way I think about buildings, evolution and how to judge the merits of a building's design.
   Interesting philosophy, but quite dated.
Stewart Brand is a very interesting man and his premise is interesting, but as one who has spent most of a lifetime in and around the construction business, I don 't think that buildings that are inanimate objects learn. It is the people who teach them, design them and build them that use them. Sometimes buildings change for the better. Sometimes, not so much. The book also dates from 1996, which is quite dated. Today, much of it is not relevant to the building industry. A moderately interesting read, but I wouldn 't buy it again.
   Buildings + Time. Read!!!
I checked this book out at the library a long time ago and changed the way I view houses. Read it and you will understand why old houses are always more interesting than new ones. In my case, I bought this book again because I plan to build my house in a few months and I don 't want it to be another house that falls apart in 20-30 years because it is useless andor ugly. Stewart Brand is thorough and observant, and he has a fascinating perspective on the built world, as it relates to time. As soon as I have the time, I will read more of his work.