A Pattern Language
  • Author : Christopher Alexander
  • Release Date : 20 September 2018
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Genre : Architecture
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  • ISBN 13 : 9780190050351
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Book Description: 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.

A Pattern Language

A Pattern Language

Author : Christopher Alexander
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Genre : Architecture
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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 ...

A Pattern Language

A Pattern Language

Author : Christopher Alexander
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Genre : Architecture
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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 ...

A Pattern Language

A Pattern Language

Author : Christopher Alexander,Sara Ishikawa,Murray Silverstein
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Genre : Architecture
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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

The Timeless Way of Building

Author : Christopher Alexander,Professor in the Department of Architecture Christopher Alexander
Publisher : New York : Oxford University Press
Genre : Architecture
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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...

A New Pattern Language for Growing Regions

A New Pattern Language for Growing Regions

Author : Michael Mehaffy,Yulia Kryazheva,Andrew Rudd,Nikos Salingaros
Publisher : Unknown
Genre : Uncategorized
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The 1977 book "A Pattern Language" was a landmark in the design world, introducing a methodology that has since become remarkably widespread and effective across many fields. Among them is software, where "design patterns" have since become an industry standard. Important spinoffs include peer-to-peer collaboration technologies like wiki - the basis ...

Pattern Language for Game Design

Pattern Language for Game Design

Author : Christopher Barney
Publisher : CRC Press
Genre : Computers
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Chris Barney’s Pattern Language for Game Design builds on the revolutionary work of architect Christopher Alexander to show students, teachers, and game development professionals how to derive best practices in all aspects of game design. Using a series of practical, rigorous exercises, designers can observe and analyze the failures ...

The Oregon Experiment

The Oregon Experiment

Author : Christopher Alexander,Professor in the Department of Architecture Christopher Alexander,Murray Silverstein,Shlomo Angel,Sara Ishikawa,Danny Abrams
Publisher : Center for Environmental Struc
Genre : Architecture
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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...

Liberating Voices

Liberating Voices

Author : Douglas Schuler
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Computers
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A new model for social change, integrating theory and practice, that shows how information and communication can be used to address urgent social and environmental problems collaboratively. In recent decades we have witnessed the creation of a communication system that promises unparalleled connectedness. And yet the optimistic dreams of Internet-enabled ...