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How buildings learn : what happens after they're built

Author: Stewart Brand
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Buildings have often been studied whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time." "Architects (and architectural historians) are interested only in a building's original intentions. Most are dismayed by what happens later, when a building develops its own life, responsive to the life within. To get the rest of the story - to explore the years between the dazzle of a new building and its  Read more...
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Brand, Stewart.
How buildings learn.
New York, NY : Viking, ©1994
(OCoLC)892055053
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stewart Brand
ISBN: 0670835153 9780670835157
OCLC Number: 29566065
Description: viii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
Contents: Flow --
Shearing layers --
"Nobody cares what you do in there": the low road --
Houseproud: the high road --
Magazine architecture: no road --
Unreal estate --
Preservation: a quiet, populist, conservative, victorious revolution --
The romance of maintenance --
Vernacular: how buildings learn from each other --
Function melts form: satisficing home and office --
The scenario-buffered building --
Built for change --
Appendix: The study of buildings in time.
Responsibility: Stewart Brand.

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Aims to integrate all aspects of the fragmented design and construction process, so that buildings are seen in a functional, yet aesthetic vision, not the conflicts, compromises and conveniences of  Read more...

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