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Alexander, Christopher

Works: 171 works in 836 publications in 8 languages and 11,947 library holdings
Genres: Designs and plans  Case studies  Handbooks and manuals  Biography 
Roles: Author, zxx, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: NA2500, 720.1
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A pattern language : towns, buildings, construction by Christopher Alexander( Book )

33 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,921 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
The timeless way of building by Christopher Alexander( Book )

29 editions published between 1977 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 by Christopher Alexander( Book )

83 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Community and privacy; toward a new architecture of humanism by Serge Chermayeff( Book )

47 editions published between 1963 and 1984 in English and Chinese and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oregon experiment by Christopher Alexander( Book )

53 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in 8 languages and held by 911 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 )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 675 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
The production of houses by Christopher Alexander( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, the Oregon Experiment, and The Linz Café--defined a radical and fundamentally 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 home according to the family's own needs and in the framework of the pattern language. Numerous diagrams and tables as well as a variety of anecdotes make the day-today process clear. The Mexican project, however, is only the starting point for a comprehensive theory of housing production. The Production of Houses describes seven principles which apply to any system of production in any part of the world for housing of any cost in any climate or culture or at any density. In the last part of the book, "The Shift of Paradigm," Alexander describes, in detail, the devastating nature of the revolution in world view which is contained in his proposal for housing construction, and its overall implications for deep-seated cultural change. --Publisher description
The nature of order : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tunisia : stability and reform in the modern Maghreb by Christopher Alexander( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 268 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 )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 204 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
The phenomenon of life : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A foreshadowing of 21st century art : the color and geometry of very early Turkish carpets by Christopher Alexander( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pattern language which generates multi-service centers by Christopher Alexander( Book )

14 editions published between 1968 and 1977 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mary Rose Museum by Christopher Alexander( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gemeinschaft und Privatbereich im neuen Bauen : auf dem Wege zu einer humanen Architekture by Serge Chermayeff( Book )

41 editions published between 1963 and 1984 in 5 languages and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Houses generated by patterns by Christopher Alexander( Book )

17 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The process of creating life : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary architecture is increasingly grounded in science and mathematics. Architectural discourse has shifted radically from the sometimes disorienting Derridean deconstruction, to engaging scientific terms such as fractals, chaos, complexity, nonlinearity, and evolving systems. That's where the architectural action is -- at least for cutting-edge architects and thinkers -- and every practicing architect and student needs to become conversant with these terms and know what they mean. Unfortunately, the vast majority of architecture faculty are unprepared to explain them to students, not having had a scientific education themselves. Here is an architecture book by an architect/scientist, just in time to help architects in the new millennium. Alexander discusses many of the scientific terms arising in cutting-edge architecture, and explains them to those who don't have scientific training or advanced mathematical knowledge. We find discussions of the evolution of forms; the importance of process in design; iteration; genetic algorithms; sequences of transformations; different levels of scale (i.e. fractals); etc. They are explained here by an architect who is also a scientist, because he wants to change the way architects think and build. Alexander is not merely popularizing other scientists' results and making them accessible to architects: he is in fact presenting new and original scientific work that ties many of these concepts together in a way that will be useful to architects
The luminous ground : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The foundations of modern scientific thought, four centuries old, are firmly rooted in a conception that the universe is a machinelike entity, a play of baubles, -machines, trinkets. Quantum mechanics and biology have begun to change this way of thinking, but even to this day, our real daily experience of ourselves as we actually are, has no clear place in science. No wonder that a machinelike world-view has supported the deadly architecture of the last century. Alexander breaks away completely from the one-sided mechanical model; he shows us conclusively that the emergence of every act from a larger wholeness must change our understanding completely, and leads inevitably to the fact that a spiritual, emotional, and personal basis must underlie every act of building. In the middle of the book comes the linchpin of the work; an 86-page chapter on color, which lavishly illustrates and dramatically conveys the way that consciousness and spirit make their appearance in the world. Throughout this fourth and final book, is a new cosmology uniting matter and consciousness: self inextricably joined to the substrate of matter, present in all matter, and providing wholeness with its underpinnings. The book provides a path for those contemporary scientists who are beginning to see consciousness as the underpinning of matter, and thus as a proper object of scientific study. It will change, forever, our conception of what buildings are
Anti-architecture and deconstruction by Nikos A Salingaros( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Questo libro è l'inizio di un contrattacco atteso e dovuto: l'autore, docente all'Università del Texas, espone la critica radicale di uno scienziato alla distruttività delle ultime tendenze architettoniche. Il decostruttivismo, ultima moda degli architetti, rivela la vera natura di tutto il modernismo, che è distruttiva della città, della società e della cultura umana. Infatti ha prodotto quel mondo di città invivibili, rumore incessante, distruzione di matrici naturali, con la relativa popolazione incivile, pericolosa, egoista e con tutti i conseguenti orrori, per cui la società avanzata sta diventando un incubo, nel quale anche gli edifici sono distorti, deformati e minacciosi. La lettura di questo libro, diretto a chiunque si interessi di architettura, dovrebbe essere obbligatoria nelle istituzioni dove si insegna progettazione, pianificazione e altri aspetti dell'ambiente costruito
A vision of a living world : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 132 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
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A pattern language : towns, buildings, construction
The timeless way of buildingNotes on the synthesis of formThe Oregon experimentA New theory of urban designThe production of housesThe nature of order : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universeTunisia : stability and reform in the modern MaghrebThe phenomenon of life : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe