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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth
    Subtitle
    A Struggle Between Two World-Systems
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Alexander
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 528
    Width: 187 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 932 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199898077
    ISBN 10: 0199898073
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
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    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ARC001000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: AMA
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
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    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    DC22: 720.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 720.103
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    LC classification: NA2750 .A535 2012
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    Ingram Theme: ASPT/ARCTAS
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    124 color illus., 85 b/w halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    15 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Christopher Alexander's series of groundbreaking books--including The Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language--have illuminated fundamental truths of traditional ways of building, revealing what gives life and beauty and true functionality to buildings and towns. HansJoachim Neis is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon in Portland, and the Director of the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory. Maggie Moore Alexander serves on the Center for Environmental Structure Board of Directors.
    Review quote
    Alexander is a brilliantly thoughtful architect ... If you are interested in making change in the world, you should read this book. It shows that between a beautiful set of ideas and a beautiful end result lies a brutal battleground of people indoctrinated into different views. Resurgence and Ecologist Is the book worth reading? Yes, for being a fresh and further iteration of one of the most original minds of our time. Alexander, again, does what he does so well: in the process of adult argument, weave biology, theology, art appreciation, and geometry, plus cultural call outs from Jung to Fellini, into his tale. William L. Hamilton, Architects Newspaper
    Table of contents
    PREFACE: A NEW ARCHITECTURE AND A NEW CIVILIZATION ; PART I: SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF ARCHITECTURE IN OUR TIME ; 1. THE CAMPUS OF EISHIN GAKUEN ; 2. THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL ADAPTATION ; 3. SYSTEM-A AND SYSTEM-B: A NECESSARY CONFRONTATION ; 4. INNER ASPECTS OF THE TWO PRODUCTION SYSTEMS ; 5. THE WASTELAND IN OUR HEARTS ; 6. WHOLENESS AND THE WHOLE ; PART II: RUMBLINGS OF A COMING BATTLE ; 7. HOSOI'S DREAM ; 8. CREATING LIFE IN THE ENVIRONMENT ; 9. A PATTERN LANGUAGE FOR THE COMMUNITY ; 10. THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET ; 11. FLAGS: THE REALITY OF THE LAND ; 12. SYMMETRY, SIMPLICITY, AND GRACE ; PART III: PITCHED BATTLE ; 13. DIRECT MANAGEMENT ; 14. HEAVY THREATS, ATTEMPTED BRIBES, AND DANGER ; 15. BULLDOZERS, TEABUSHES, ARCHITECTS, AND CARPENTERS ; 16. THE UGLY CLAWS OF SYSTEM B ; 17. THE HEALING ANVIL ; 18. REMAINING BATTLES IN THE FIELD ; 19. APPEARANCE OF A GENUINE AND LIVING ATMOSPHERE ; PART IV: GROUNDWORK FOR A CREATION-SYSTEM ; 20. AWAKENING OUR SOCIETY'S CREATION SYSTEM ; 21. LARGE SCALE PRODUCTION ; 22. ENHANCING AND EXTENDING WHOLENESS ; 23. ELEMENTS ARE BEING CREATED AT THE SAME TIME THAT THE WHOLE IS BEING CREATED ; 24. FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN GLOW ; 25. THE BEAUTY OF DAILY LIFE ; 26. RECOVERY OF HUMAN NATURE & REBIRTH OF CIVILIZATION ; INDEX