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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure)

Author Christopher Alexander
ISBN-10 0195019199
ISBN-13 9780195019193
Year 0000-00-00
Pages 1171
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
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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



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