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The timeless way of building

Author: Christopher Alexander
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1979.
Series: Center for Environmental Structure series, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The theory of architecture implicit in our world today, Christopher Alexander believes, is bankrupt. More and more people are aware that something is deeply wrong. Yet the power of present-day ideas is so great that many feel uncomfortable, even afraid, to say openly that they dislike what is happening, because they are afraid to seem foolish, afraid perhaps that they will be laughed at. Now, at last, here is a
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Alexander, Christopher.
Timeless way of building.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1979
(OCoLC)623126890
Named Person: Christopher Alexander
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Alexander
ISBN: 0195022483 9780195022483 9780195024029 0195024028
OCLC Number: 3016520
Description: xv, 552 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: The timeless way --
The quality without a name --
Being alive --
Patterns of events --
Patterns of space --
Patterns which are alive --
The multiplicity of living patterns --
The quality itself --
The flower and the seed --
Our pattern languages --
Our pattern languages (cont.) --
The creative power of language --
The breakdown of language --
Patterns which can be shared --
The reality of patterns --
The structure of a language --
The evolution of a common language for a town --
The genetic power of language --
Differentiating space --
One pattern at a time --
Shaping one building --
Shaping a group of buildings --
The process of construction --
The process of repair --
The slow emergence of a town --
Its ageless character --
The kernel of the way.
Series Title: Center for Environmental Structure series, v. 1.
Responsibility: Christopher Alexander.

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The theory of architecture implicit in our world today, Christopher Alexander believes, is bankrupt. More and more people are aware that something is deeply wrong. Yet the power of present-day ideas is so great that many feel uncomfortable, even afraid, to say openly that they dislike what is happening, because they are afraid to seem foolish, afraid perhaps that they will be laughed at. Now, at last, here is a coherent theory which describes in modern terms an architecture as ancient as human society itself. The Timeless Way of Building is the introductory volume in the Center for Environmental Structure series. Christopher Alexander presents it in a new theory of architecture, building, and planning which has at its core that age-old process by which the people of a society have always pulled the order of their world from their own being. Alexander writes, "There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way. And as you will see, this way will lead anyone who looks for it to buildings which are themselves as ancient in their form as the trees and hills, and as our faces are." -- from dust jacket.

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.

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This book is more a philosophy of life than an architectural commentary. David Abbott gave it to me some years ago and I constantly refer to it. It is full of wisdom and inspiration, written in Read more...

 
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