A New Theory of Urban Design

A New Theory of Urban Design

By (author) Christopher Alexander , By (author) Hajo Neis , By (author) Artemis Anninou , By (author) Ingrid King

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In this radical new look at the theory and practice of urban design, Christopher Alexander asks why our modern cities so often lack a sense of natural growth, and suggests a set of rules and guidelines by which we can inject that 'organic' character back into our High Streets, buildings, and squares. At a time when so many of Britain's inner cities are undergoing, or are in need of, drastic renovation, Christopher Alexander's detailed account of his own experiments in urban-renewal in San Francisco makes thought-provoking reading.

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 142 x 196 x 24mm | 439.98g
  • 25 Feb 1988
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 20 halftones, 90 line illustrations
  • 0195037537
  • 9780195037531
  • 411,036

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Author Information

Christopher Alexander is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for Environmental Structure

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'immensely compelling ... It is simply written and illustrated, successfully avoiding the opaque jargon and pretentious gloss often found in such publications. It is a welcome addition to the tiny body of literature on urban design and an essential addition to the 'elbow libraries' of students and practitioners.' Francis Tibbalds, RIBA Journal 'is of great value in continuing a major process extending back over twenty years' David Gosling, University of Sheffield, Town Planning Review

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It presents 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- its forms, in essence, the basis for a new traditional post-industrial architecture created by the people.

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