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    DescriptionThe 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, here is a coherent theory which describes in modern terms an architecture as ancient as human society itself.


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    Title
    The Timeless Way of Building
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Alexander
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195024029
    ISBN 10: 0195024028
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC subject category V2: AM
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    BISAC V2.8: ARC013000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC004000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    DC21: 720.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 720.1, 720/.1
    LC classification: NA2500.A45, NA2500 .A45
    Thema V1.0: AM
    Illustrations note
    plates and text-figures throughout
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    10 April 1980
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Christopher Alexander is a builder, craftsman, general contractor, architect, painter, and teacher. He taught from 1963 to 2002 as Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and is now Professor Emeritus. He has spent his life running construction projects, experimenting with new building methods and materials, and crafting carefully articulated buildings--all to advance the idea that people can build environments in which they will thrive. Acting on his deeply-held conviction that, as a society, we must recover the means by which we can build and maintain healthy living environments, he has lived and worked in many cultures, and built buildings all over the world. Making neighborhoods, building-complexes, building, balustrades, columns, ceilings, windows, tiles, ornaments, models and mockups, paintings, furniture, castings and carvings--all this has been his passion, and is the cornerstone from which his paradigm-changing principles have been derived.
    Review quote
    This book is more a philosophy of life than an architectural commentary. David Abbott gave it to me some years ago and I constantly refer to it. It is full of wisdom and inspiration, written in Alexander's beautiful prose style ... anyone who cares about the spaces we inhabit should read it. Mike Dempsey, founding partner of CDT Design, Creative Review