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    DescriptionYou can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction. After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment, and this book, A Pattern Language. At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people. At the core of the books, too, 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 forma 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 the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.


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    Title
    A Pattern Language
    Subtitle
    Towns, Buildings, Construction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Alexander, By (author) Etc.
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1216
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 58 mm
    Weight: 1,140 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195019193
    ISBN 10: 0195019199
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC subject category V2: AMVD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC001000, ARC004000
    DC21: 711.4
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 720.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 720/.1
    LC classification: NA2500 .A445
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: NA2500.A44
    Thema V1.0: AMVD
    Illustrations note
    photographs and drawings throughout
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    17 August 1978
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    A Pattern Language by Chris Alexander changed the way I think about the way space is organised in a room, a house, a street and a town ... I keep giving it away to people who feel their homes don't quite work in the way they want them to. Every architect, estage agent and MP should read it. James Runcie, Daily Mail
    Back cover copy
    You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction.