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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Christopher Alexander
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17. August 1978 Center for Environmental Structure (Buch 2)
In this volume, 253 archetypal patterns consisting of problem statements, discussions, illustrations, and solutions provide lay persons with a framework for engaging in architectural design.

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The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure to provide a "working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning," A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations. The reader is given an overview of some 250 patterns that are the units of this language, each consisting of a design problem, discussion, illustration, and solution. By understanding recurrent design problems in our environment, readers can identify extant patterns in their own design projects and use these patterns to create a language of their own. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, this book has become a bible for homebuilders, contractors, and developers who care about creating healthy, high-level design.


"A wise old owl of a book, one to curl up with in an inglenook on a rainy day.... Alexander may be the closest thing home design has to a Zen master."--The New York Times"A classic. A must read!"--T. Colbert, University of Houston"The design student's bible for relativistic environmental design."--Melinda La Garce, Southern Illinois University"Brilliant....Here's how to design or redesign any space you're living or working in--from metropolis to room. Consider what you want to happen in the space, and then page through this book. Its radically conservative observations will spark, enhance, organize your best ideas, and a wondrous home, workplace, town will result."--San Francisco Chronicle"The most important book in architecture and planning for many decades, a landmark whose clarity and humanity give hope that our private and public spaces can yet be made gracefully habitable."--The Next Whole Earth Catalog

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Part 2 of 3 part series.
This book is the dictionary for A Timeless Way of Building. The Oregon Experiment is a case study of the use of these ideas to plan a college campus.
This book is about functional design for humans rather than design for design's sake. It directly refutes the real estate industry's insistence on neutral design for quick sale (which is the industry's goal - not the goal of a homeowner!) It promotes design which fits the needs and desires of the user, not the developer or architect. The philosophy involves the users heavily in the process of design, permitting integrated design without requiring comprehensive knowledge of all interacting factors on the part of the designers, it is a way of modularizing the design process into smaller, comprehensible units which can be understood and discussed in a useful way.
You will not be disappointed in reading these books.
Yes, it's dated a bit, especially in it's language approach to social issues.
Yes, it's Utopian, but not impractical.
No, all of the patterns do not apply to all people in all places, but then, they are not intended to.
What is important is the basic premise: That physical environment design can either promote community or divide people. That there exist basic patterns of interaction between people, buildings, roads and environment.
No, you cannot just change your entire community overnight into a utopia (mores the shame) however, these books can help to redefine how your community grows and develops to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.
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I'm a "big developer" who believes in letting people alone to build what they think they want.
Nonetheless I intervene a bit- I buy every client, and every friend who is thinking about building, a copy of this book to raise their sights- to get them thinking about what it is they really want.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen wealth of positive design concepts 13. Juni 2000
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Do take the time to peruse all reader reviews. This is a valuable book.
It is a bit enormous, though, and there is no index. This means that if the reader has to hunt for some little reference or fact, he or she is in for a long trek through these pages. Although it is designed with many short chapters, each devoted to a design element, the sheer amount of data is somewhat daunting. Alexander does write clearly, and in an informal, second or first-person manner. But there is little summarizing. Probably an excellent book to read cover-to-cover as part of a large study project. So read this book and know it well BEFORE you talk to your architect, contractor, designer... don't do as I did and start speed reading it when the architect hands over the blue prints.
Note: Whereas feng shui is a little more mystical, Alexander's suggested design tactics make practical sense. (I gently encourage any reader trying to choose between feng shui and this book to go with the latter). Very useful concepts for anyone who wants to make the most of their living space.
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My fascination with Christopher Alexander's work began with "The Timeless Way of Building," but increased tenfold upon discovering his inexhaustible classic, "A Pattern Language." At over a thousand pages (I think,) "A Pattern Language" is an encyclopedic study of what makes buildings, streets, and communities work -- indeed, what makes environments human.
Alexander and his co-authors present us with over two hundred (roughly 250) "patterns" that they believe must be present in order for an environment to be pleasing, comfortable, or in their words, "alive." The patterns start at the most general level -- the first pattern, "Independent Regions," describes the ideal political entity, while another of my favorite patterns, "Mosaic of Subcultures," described the proper distribution of different groups within a city. The patterns gradually become more specific -- you'll read arguments about how universities should relate to the community, the proper placement of parks, the role of cafes in a city's life. If you wonder about the best design for a home, the authors will describe everything from how roofs and walls should be built, down to how light should fall within the home, where your windows should be placed, and even the most pleasant variety of chairs in the home. An underlying theme of all the patterns is that architecture, at its best, can be used to foster meaningful human interaction, and the authors urge us to be aware of how the houses we build can help us balance needs for intimacy and privacy.
They admit that they are uncertain about some of the patterns -- they indicate their degree of certainty using a code of asterisks placed before the pattern.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Architecture ... Computer Science! 18. Mai 2000
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:) I can't believe noone has mentioned that this book was the inspiration for the latest fashion in computer science: "Patterns" The idea is to look at what kind of solutions work, and then when you have a problem to solve, you think what kind of pattern this is like. Then you have the benefit of collective wisdom as you go about crafting your solution.
At any rate, this book is more than Architecture.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen So very true
All patterns in the book are based on a very intuitive human approach to building. Reading the book I somehow had the feeling that I had known the principle behind them all along,... Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Der Klassiker der menschlichen Gestaltung
Alexander ist der Klassiker schlechthin, wenn es um menschliche Gestaltung von
Räumen geht. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Dezember 2009 von Di Robert Wacha
4.0 von 5 Sternen This IS a book about architecture...!
In California, mall developers finally used a different floor plan. They built an outside mall with a porch-like cafe, looking out over a meandering shopping area below. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2000 von zolie
5.0 von 5 Sternen it isn't about architecture
Nominally about architecture and urban planning, this book has more wisdom about psychology, anthropology, and sociology than any other that I've read. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2000 von Philip Greenspun
5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring & Exciting
I was so excited when I stumbled across this book in 1986-87. The first house I owned has two rooms with lights from two walls and a third room with one window. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. April 2000 von Happy Homeowner
5.0 von 5 Sternen Why did my teachers never tell me about it... ?
When I knew a "A Pattern Language" and "The Timeless Way of Building", I thought... Why did my teachers never tell me about it when I was a student... ? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2000 von Rene Ariza Cruz
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must Read for City Planners
Alexander's work is an invaluable resource for any city planner. I find myself referring to the book on a regular basis.
Veröffentlicht am 9. Februar 2000 von R. Tomlin
5.0 von 5 Sternen Don't build home without it
There are certain design principles that are self-evident truths, commonsense but uncommonly applied to modern towns and buildings, painfully evident in characterless and cheerless... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2000 von GENE GERUE
5.0 von 5 Sternen this book inspired Wil Wright to create "the sims"
Wil Wright was asked recently what inspired him to create his "sim" games (simCity, theSims, etc.) and he mentioned that it was after reading this book.
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