Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

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By (author) Christopher Alexander

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  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 16mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1974
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674627512
  • ISBN 13: 9780674627512
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 45 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 85,473

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These notes are about the process of design: the process of inventing things which display new physical order, organization, form, in response to function. This book, opening with these words, presents an entirely new theory on the process of design.

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Christopher Alexander has outlined an ambitious proposal that could revolutionize the approach to architectural design...His method cannot help but become "a very powerful tool indeed" for those who would deal with projects of the complex present and the growing complexity of the future. Progressive Architecture The success or failure of the designed environment will remain, as always, a human responsibility...Alexander's assertions are not only challenging and stimulating but informative. American Institute of Architects Journal One of the most important contemporary books about the art of design, what it is, and how to go about it. Industrial Design An important book for the urban designer and planner... stimulating and certainly controversial...It may one day prove to be a landmark in design methodology. Journal of the American Institute of Planners

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Need for Rationality Part One 2. Goodness of Fit 3. The Source of Good Fit 4. The Unselfconscious Process 5. The Selfconscious Process Part Two 6. The Program 7. The Realization of the Program 8. Definitions 9. Solution Epilogue Appendix 1. A Worked Example Appendix 2. Mathematical Treatment of Decomposition Notes