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The timeless way of building, Christopher Alexander

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The timeless way of building
Title
The timeless way of building
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Alexander
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The 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. The Timeless Way of Building is the introductory volume in the Center for Environmental Structure series. Christopher Alexander presents it in 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. Alexander writes, "There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way. And as you will see, this way will lead anyone who looks for it to buildings which are themselves as ancient in their form as the trees and hills, and as our faces are." -- from dust jacket
  • This introductory volume to Alexander's other works, A Pattern of Language and The Oregon Experiment, explains concepts fundamental to his original approaches to the theory and application of architecture
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DLC
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1936-
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Alexander, Christopher
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
NA2500
LC item number
.A445 1979
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Center for Environmental Structure series
Series volume
V. 1
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  • Architecture
  • Pattern perception
  • Architecture
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The timeless way of building, Christopher Alexander
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
The timeless way -- The quality without a name -- Being alive -- Patterns of events -- Patterns of space -- Patterns which are alive -- The multiplicity of living patterns -- The quality itself -- The flower and the seed -- Our pattern languages -- Our pattern languages (cont.) -- The creative power of language -- The breakdown of language -- Patterns which can be shared -- The reality of patterns -- The structure of a language -- The evolution of a common language for a town -- The genetic power of language -- Differentiating space -- One pattern at a time -- Shaping one building -- Shaping a group of buildings -- The process of construction -- The process of repair -- The slow emergence of a town -- Its ageless character -- The kernel of the way
Control code
ocm03016520
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 552 pages
Isbn
9780195024029
Lccn
76042650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)3016520
Label
The timeless way of building, Christopher Alexander
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The timeless way -- The quality without a name -- Being alive -- Patterns of events -- Patterns of space -- Patterns which are alive -- The multiplicity of living patterns -- The quality itself -- The flower and the seed -- Our pattern languages -- Our pattern languages (cont.) -- The creative power of language -- The breakdown of language -- Patterns which can be shared -- The reality of patterns -- The structure of a language -- The evolution of a common language for a town -- The genetic power of language -- Differentiating space -- One pattern at a time -- Shaping one building -- Shaping a group of buildings -- The process of construction -- The process of repair -- The slow emergence of a town -- Its ageless character -- The kernel of the way
Control code
ocm03016520
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 552 pages
Isbn
9780195024029
Lccn
76042650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)3016520

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