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A Pattern Language
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1171

A Pattern Language

Two hundred and fifty-three archetypal patterns consisting of problem statements, discussions, illustrations, and solutions provide lay persons with a framework for engaging in architectural design

The Timeless Way of Building
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 552

The Timeless Way of Building

This introductory volume to Alexander's other works, A Pattern of Language and The Oregon Experiment, explains concepts fundamental to his original approaches to the theory and application of architecture

Notes on the Synthesis of Form
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 216

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

"These notes are about the process of design: the process of inventing things which display new physical order, organization, form, in response to function." This book, opening with these words, presents an entirely new theory of the process of design. In the first part of the book, Christopher Alexander discusses the process by which a form is adapted to the context of human needs and demands that has called it into being. He shows that such an adaptive process will be successful only if it proceeds piecemeal instead of all at once. It is for this reason that forms from traditional un-self-conscious cultures, molded not by designers but by the slow pattern of changes within tradition, are s...

Christopher Alexander
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 306

Christopher Alexander

Discusses the influential theories of the English-born architect, analyzes his philosophical ideas, and looks at the resulting architectural designs

The Oregon Experiment
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 190

The Oregon Experiment

Details the master architectural design plan currently being implemented at the University of Oregon, illustrating the participation of all members of a small community in the designing of their own environment

A New Theory of Urban Design
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 251

A New Theory of Urban Design

Suggests a new approach to urban design in which cities grow more organically, provides a set of seven basic principles, and offers an experimental redesign of a section of San Francisco

The Production of Houses
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 381

The Production of Houses

As an innovative thinker about building and planning, Christopher Alexander has attracted a devoted following. His seminal books--The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, and The Oregon Experiment--defined a radical and fundamently new process of environmental design. Alexander now gives us the latest book in his series--a book that puts his theories to the test and shows what sort of production system can create the kind of environment he has envisioned. The Production of Houses centers around a group of buildings which Alexander and his associates built in 1976 in northern Mexico. Each house is different and the book explains how each family helped to lay out and construct its own...

A City is Not a Tree
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

A City is Not a Tree

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The Nature of Order: The process of creating life
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 636

The Nature of Order: The process of creating life

This four-volume work allows the reader to form one picture of the world in which the perspectives from science, beauty and grace, and commonsense intuitions are interlaced.

The Nature of Order: The phenomenon of life
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 476

The Nature of Order: The phenomenon of life

This four-volume work allows the reader to form one picture of the world in which the perspectives from science, beauty and grace, and commonsense intuitions are interlaced.