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Alexander, Christopher 1936-

Works: 29 works in 173 publications in 6 languages and 3,368 library holdings
Genres: Designs and plans  Case studies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: NA2500, 720.1
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Most widely held works by Christopher Alexander
Community and privacy : toward a new architecture of humanism by Serge Chermayeff( Book )
59 editions published between 1963 and 1984 in 5 languages and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Oregon experiment by Christopher Alexander( Book )
32 editions published between 1974 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Focusing on a plan for an extension to the University of Oregon, this book shows how any community the size of a university or small town might go about designing its own future environment with all members of the community participating personally or by representation. It is a brilliant companion volume to A Pattern Language. --Publisher description
A New theory of urban design by Christopher Alexander( Book )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 kinds of 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 the discussion. 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. --Publisher description
Tunisia : stability and reform in the modern Maghreb by Christopher Alexander( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Back Cover: This book, Tunisia: Stability and reform in the modern Maghreb, gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia's political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world's most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders. The author explores these themes in a way that sheds light on the political dynamics of the broader Arabic-speaking, Muslim world. Christopher Alexander draws on extensive primary and secondary research and on comparison with other countries in the region to provide the most up-to-date introduction to Tunisia's post-independence politics. Challenging the notion that Tunisia's stability reflects the pragmatic interests of a wide range of actors and the skillful maneuvering of the country's two presidents. Concisely written chapters cover topics such as: state formation; domestic politics; economic development; foreign relations; colonialism. An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region
The battle for the life and beauty of the earth : a struggle between two world-systems by Christopher Alexander( Book )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 became progressively 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 each tiny 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 able to 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 human energy 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 who inhabit the Earth
Gemeinschaft und Privatbereich im neuen Bauen : auf dem Wege zu einer humanen Architekture by Serge Chermayeff( Book )
11 editions published between 1971 and 1978 in German and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eine Muster-Sprache : Städte, Gebäude, Konstruktion by Christopher Alexander( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Intimité et vie communautaire : vers un nouvel humanisme architectural by Serge Chermayeff( Book )
2 editions published in 1972 in French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A pattern language : towns, buildings, construction by Christopher Alexander( Book )
6 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"At the core of the book 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 formal 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 a the problem with an illustration, sand a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patters are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seems likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today"--Jacket
HIDECS 2: A computer program for the hierarchial decomposition of a set which has an associated linear graph by Christopher Alexander( Book )
1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La estructura del medio ambiente by Christopher Alexander( Book )
2 editions published in 1971 in Spanish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
E le gang shi yan ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Xin de du shi she ji li lun by Ya li shan da( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in Chinese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Un esperimento di progettazione democratica : l'Università dell'Oregon by Christopher Alexander( Book )
2 editions published in 1977 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
El Crecimiento de las ciudades by David Lewis( Book )
2 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
People rebuilding Berkeley : the self-creating life of neighbourhoods by Christopher Alexander( Book )
1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sustainable design III : vers une nouvelle éthique pour l'architecture et la ville by Marie-Hélène Contal( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Notes on the synthesis of form by Christopher Alexander( Book )
1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A vision of a living world : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In book three of this four-volume work, Alexander presents hundreds of his own buildings and those of his contemporaries who have used methods consistent with the theory of living process. Containing nearly seven hundred pages of projects which have been built and planned in a number of countries over a thirty-year period, this book amply illustrates the impact of living process on the world. The book provides the reader with an intuitive feel for the kind of world which is needed to generate living structure in the world and its communities; its style and geometry and its ecological and natural character. The projects include public buildings, neighbourhoods, housing built by people for themselves, public urban space, rooms, gardens, ornament, colours, details of construction and construction innovation. These buildings, and the methods needed to design and build them, define living structure in a practical way that can be re-applied across a range of other projects
The San Francisco waterfront experiment : a new approach to urban design by Christopher Alexander( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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English (94)
German (17)
Spanish (16)
Italian (14)
French (13)
Chinese (7)