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A pattern language : towns, buildings, construction

Author: Christopher Alexander; Sara Ishikawa; Murray Silverstein
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1977.
Series: Center for Environmental Structure series, v. 2.
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Alexander; Sara Ishikawa; Murray Silverstein
ISBN: 0195019199 9780195019193
OCLC Number: 3132495
Notes: Companion volume to The timeless way of building and The Oregon experiment.
Description: xliv, 1171 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: v. 1. The timeless way of building--v.2. A pattern language--v.3. The Oregon experiment.
Series Title: Center for Environmental Structure series, v. 2.
Responsibility: Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel.
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In this volume, 253 archetypal patterns consisting of problem statements, discussions, illustrations, and solutions provide lay persons with a framework for engaging in architectural design.  Read more...

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A Pattern Language by Chris Alexander changed the way I think about the way space is organised in a room, a house, a street and a town ... I keep giving it away to people who feel their homes don't Read more...

 
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