A New Theory of Urban Design by Christopher AlexanderA New Theory of Urban Design by Christopher Alexander

A New Theory of Urban Design

byChristopher Alexander, Hajo Neis, Artemis Anninou

Hardcover | November 1, 1987

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The venerable cities of the past, such as Venice or Amsterdam, convey a feeling of wholeness, an organic unity that surfaces in every detail, large and small, in restaurants, shops, public gardens, even in balconies and ornaments. But this sense of wholeness is lacking in modern urban design,with architects absorbed in problems of individual structures, and city planners preoccupied with local ordinances, it is almost impossible to achieve. In this groundbreaking volume, the newest in a highly-acclaimed series by the Center for Environmental Structure, architect and planner Christopher Alexander presents a new theory of urban design which attempts to recapture the process by which cities develop organically. To discover the kindsof laws needed to create a growing whole in a city, Alexander proposes here a preliminary set of seven rules which embody the process at a practical level and which are consistent with the day-to-day demands of urban development. He then puts these rules to the test, setting out with a number of his graduate students to simulate the urban redesign of a high-density part of San Francisco, initiating a project that encompassed some ninety different design problems, including warehouses, hotels, fishing piers, a music hall,and a public square. This extensive experiment is documented project by project, with detailed discussion of how each project satisfied the seven rules, accompanied by floorplans, elevations, street grids, axonometric diagrams and photographs of the scaled-down model which clearly illustrate thediscussion. A New Theory of Urban Design provides an entirely new theoretical framework for the discussion of urban problems, one that goes far to remedy the defects which cities have today.
Christopher Alexander, winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, is a practicing architect and contractor, Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for Environmental Structure.
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Title:A New Theory of Urban DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 5.55 × 8.15 × 0.67 inPublished:November 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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It presents a new theory of architecture, building, and planning which has, at its core, that age old process by which the people of a society have always pulled the order of their world from their own being- its forms, in essence, the basis for a new traditional post-industrial architecture created by the people.