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Alexander, Christopher 1936-

Works: 212 works in 892 publications in 8 languages and 12,151 library holdings
Genres: Architectural drawings  Case studies  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, zxx, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Illustrator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., 651
Classifications: NA2500, 720.1
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A pattern language : towns, buildings, construction by Christopher Alexander( Book )

45 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,945 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 )

27 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, there 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 in it 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."
Notes on the synthesis of form by Christopher Alexander( Book )

114 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

42 editions published between 1963 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oregon experiment by Christopher Alexander( Book )

49 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in 8 languages and held by 916 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 )

22 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 702 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 )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 491 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 )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is acclaimed architect Christopher Alexander's four-volume masterwork; the result of 27 years of research and a lifetime of profoundly original thinking. Consider three vital perspectives on our world: a scientific perspective; a perspective based on beauty and grace; a commonsense perspective based on our intuitions about everyday life. Neither scientists, nor mystics, nor architects, nor politicians have so far found a single view of the world in which the three are united. This groundbreaking work allows us to form on picture of the world in which all three perspectives are interlaces. It opens the door to 21st-century science and cosmology."--From dust jacket
The battle for the life and beauty of the earth : a struggle between two world-systems by Christopher Alexander( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 220 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
A foreshadowing of 21st century art : the color and geometry of very early Turkish carpets by Christopher Alexander( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

15 editions published between 1968 and 1977 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mary Rose Museum by Christopher Alexander( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Houses generated by patterns by Christopher Alexander( Book )

17 editions published between 1969 and 1976 in English and Spanish and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 155 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 )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume describes the processes needed to generate living structure. The essence of these processes is that they generate building form, dynamically, step by step according to specific generative sequences
Anti-architecture and deconstruction by Nikos Angelos Salingaros( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Emperor Has No Clothes" is an old adage, but, in the sad case of Deconstructivism, it is absolutely appropriate, as Deconstructivism is really nothing more than Modernism in a new guise. Modernists, notably the Bauhäusler, aimed for the clean slate, jettisoning everything that went before. Yet, at times, they claimed links with antecedents to give a spurious historical ancestry to their aims and creations. These questionable links and precedents are now being claimed for the works of Deconstructivists by sympathetic architects and their supporters. The fourth edition of this book is the beginning of a long-overdue counterattack -- Provided by the publisher
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 138 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
Eine Muster-Sprache : Städte, Gebäude, Konstruktion by Christopher Alexander( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in German and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alexanders A Pattern Language ist wahrscheinlich das bedeutendste und wichtigste Buch über Architektur und Planung, das im 20. Jahrhundert erschienen ist. Jede Bibliothek, jede Schule, jede Umweltschutzgruppe, jeder Architekt und jeder Student sollte ein Exemplar besitzen."Tony Ward, Architectural Design. Man kann dieses Buch verwenden, um ein Haus für sich und seine Familie zu planen; man kann es verwenden, um zusammen mit seinen Nachbarn die eigene Stadt und Umgebung zu verbessern. Und es bietet eine Einführung in die tatsächlichen Vorgänge des Bauens. Christopher Alexander nimmt zu den Fragen des Bauens und der Architektur eine Sonderstellung ein, die gleichwohl die Problematik des Entwerfens aufrollt. Er geht von der Überzeugung aus, dass es eine selbstverständliche Fähigkeit gibt, zeitlose Dinge zu schaffen, dass diese Fähigkeit aber weithin - und vor allem bei den professionellen Gestaltern - verschüttet wurde. Er unternimmt in seinem Gesamtwerk den Versuch, dieses Vermögen wieder aufzuspüren. Die Muster-Sprache (A Pattern Language) ist zunächst eine Planungshilfe. Die "Muster" sind Antworten auf Entwurfsprobleme. Wie hoch soll eine Fensterbrüstung sein? Wie viele Geschoße soll ein Gebäude haben? Wie viel Siedlungsfläche sollen Gras und Bäume einnehmen? Der Maßstab dieser Bausteine reicht von "ganzen Regionen" bis zur "schmalen Deckleiste". Die Muster-Sprache erinnert an ein Regelwerk und ist auch tatsächlich wie eine Check-Liste beim Entwerfen verwendbar. Die Muster sind nur die Ergebnisse der vorangehenden Argumente und Gedankengänge. Jedes Muster besteht aus einer Problemstellung, einer Erörterung des Problems mit einer Illustration und aus der Lösung. Das Verständnis dieser Gedankengänge ermöglicht es auch, für den konkreten Fall weitere - oder andere - Schlussfolgerungen zu ziehen. (Quelle:
A vision of a living world : an essay on the art of building and the nature of the universe by Christopher Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 125 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
Christopher Alexander and contemporary architecture by Ingrid F King( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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 universeA foreshadowing of 21st century art : the color and geometry of very early Turkish carpetsThe Mary Rose Museum
Alternative Names
Alexander, C.

Alexander, C. (Christopher), 1936-

Alexander, Christopher

Alexander, Christopher Wolfgang

Alexander, Christopher Wolfgang, 1936-

Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander Amerikaans architect

Christopher Alexander anthropologue et architecte anglais d'origine autrichienne

Christopher Alexander architect

Christopher Alexander architetto austriaco

Christopher Alexander US-amerikanischer Architekt und Architekturtheoretiker

Александер, Кристофер, 1936-

Кристофер Александер архитектор и дизайнер

כריסטופר אלכסנדר

كريستوفر الكسندر

کریستوفر الکساندر

கிறிஸ்தோபர் அலெக்சாண்டர்

알렉산더, 크리스터퍼

알렉산더, 크리스토퍼

크리스토퍼 알렉산더

アレキザンダー, C.

アレグザンダー, C.

アレグザンダー, クリストファー