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

ISBN-13: 9780195019193

ISBN-10: 0195019199

Author: Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel

Publication date:
1977
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Format:
Hardcover 1171 pages
Category:
Statistics, Environmental Studies, Linguistics & Languages
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Acknowledged author Christopher Alexander wrote A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series) comprising 1171 pages back in 1977. Textbook and etextbook are published under ISBN 0195019199 and 9780195019193. Since then A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series) textbook received total rating of 4 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $15.98 or rent at the marketplace.


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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.