A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher AlexanderA Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

byChristopher Alexander

Hardcover | August 1, 1977

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"Brilliant....Here's how to design or redesign any space you're living or working in--from metropolis to room. Consider what you want to happen in the space, and then page through this book. Its radically conservative observations will spark, enhance, organize your best ideas, and a wondroushome, workplace, town will result"--San Francisco Chronicle. This classic handbook presents a language which ordinary people can use to express themselves in their own communities or homes, and to better communicate with each other.
Christopher Alexander, winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, is an architect and builder who has built in many countries. He is also Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for Environmental Structure.
Title:A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, ConstructionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1216 pages, 7.91 × 5.71 × 2.01 inPublished:August 1, 1977Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195019199

ISBN - 13:9780195019193

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book for design, development, architecture, interior design I bought this book a couple of years ago and it is one of the best purchases I made with regards to the logical and functional process of architecture, interior design, and city planning. I would say this book should be mandatory reading for almost everyone in any field. Amazing
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Book for Anyone This is a thought-provoking book about everyday patterns. It covers everything from the design of city streets to the kinds of people that make up an effective community. The authors draw from first-hand experiences in various parts of the world. There is one chapter per pattern making this a great reference book. The patterns are also rated in terms of which theories are still in their infancy. A very interesting book even if you didn't think this topic would be for you.
Date published: 2002-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Human, Organic Design This book changes the way we think about design of our living spaces... from how we arrange our furniture to how we design entire communities. It breaks design elements down into distinct "patterns", analyzes why these patterns feel right, and gives specific solutions to problems commonly found. It is human and organic design that makes people feel comfortable in the spaces where they live.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Putting 'A Pattern Language' to Use This is one of the best books I have ever 'read'. Although it's not the kind of book you sit down and read cover to cover, it's a wonderful book to browse through any time you have a spare minute. And if you are planning to build your own home the 'patterns' can be a great help. Every town planner and architect should read this book and refer to it with every project they do. We recently built our own home and incorporated as many of the patterns as possible. I believe that our house is much more of a 'home' because of this book. I highly recommend this book as a valuable reference to anyone who is even thinking about building a home some day!
Date published: 1999-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pattern Language Although this book is intended as an architectural text, I believe it has important things to say about psychology, sociology and economics. More than anything it is a philosophical work with utopian overtones . . . I would love to live and work in the community it desribes!
Date published: 1999-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pattern Language Having bought this book in 1980, it has been fun to watch it's influence spread beyond Architects to Builders. Even more fascinating is it is considered a Top-Ten must read for Computer Programmers.
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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.

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"The most important book in architecture and planning for many decades, a landmark whose clarity and humanity give hope that our private and public spaces can yet be made gracefully habitable."--The Next Whole Earth Catalog