The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A Struggle between Two World-Systems by Christopher AlexanderThe Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A Struggle between Two World-Systems by Christopher Alexander

The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A Struggle between Two World-Systems

byChristopher Alexander, HansJoachim Neis, Maggie Moore Alexander

Hardcover | October 18, 2012

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The purpose of all architecture, writes Christopher Alexander, is to encourage and support life-giving activity, dreams, and playfulness. But in recent decades, while our buildings are technically better - more sturdy, more waterproof, more energy efficient - they have also becameprogressively more sterile, rarely providing the kind of environment in which people are emotionally nourished, genuinely happy, and deeply contented.Using the example of his building of the Eishin Campus in Japan, Christopher Alexander and his collaborators reveal an ongoing dispute between two fundamentally different ways of shaping our world. One system places emphasis on subtleties, on finesse, on the structure of adaptation that makes eachtiny part fit into the larger context. The other system is concerned with efficiency, with money, power and control, stressing the more gross aspects of size, speed, and profit. This second, "business-as-usual" system, Alexander argues, is incapable of creating the kind of environment that is ableto genuinely support the emotional, whole-making side of human life. To confront this sterile system, the book presents a new architecture that we - both as a world-wide civilization, and as individual people and cultures - can create, using new processes that allow us to build places of humanenergy and beauty. The book outlines nine ways of working, each one fully dedicated to wholeness, and able to support day-to-day activities that will make planning, design and construction possible in an entirely new way, and in more humane ways. An innovative thinker about building techniques and planning, Christopher Alexander has attracted a devoted following. Here he introduces a way of building that includes the best current practices, enriched by a range of new processes that support the houses, communities, and health of all whoinhabit the Earth.
Christopher Alexander's series of groundbreaking books - including The Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language - have illuminated fundamental truths of traditional ways of building, revealing what gives life and beauty and true functionality to buildings and towns. HansJoachim Neis is a Professor of Architecture at the Universi...
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Title:The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth: A Struggle between Two World-SystemsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: A New Architecture and a New CivilizationPart I: Solving the problem of Architecture in Our Time1. The Campus of Eishin Gakuen2. The Crucial Importance of Local Adaptation3. System-A and System-B: A Necessary Confrontation4. Inner Aspects of the Two Production Systems5. The Wasteland in Our Hearts6. Wholeness and the WholePart II: Rumblings of a Coming Battle7. Hosoi's Dream8. Creating Life in the Environment9. A Pattern Language for the Community10. The Construction Budget11. Flags: The Reality of the Land12. Symmetry, Simplicity, and GracePart III: Pitched Battle13. Direct Management14. Heavy Threats, Attempted Bribes, and Danger15. Bulldozers, Teabushes, Architects, and Carpenters16. The Ugly Claws of System B17. The Healing Anvil18. Remaining Battles in the Field19. Appearance of a Genuine and Living AtmospherePart IV: Groundwork for a Creation-System20. Awakening Our Society's Creation System21. Large Scale Production22. Enhancing and Extending Wholeness23. Elements are Being Created at the Same Time that the Whole is Being Created24. Following the Golden Glow25. The Beauty of Daily Life26. Recovery of Human Nature and Rebirth of CivilizationIndex