How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built
Buildings have often been studied whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time.
Architects (and architectural historians) are interested only in a building's original intentions. Most are dismayed by what happens later, when a building develops its own life, responsive to the life within. To get the rest of the story - to explore the years between the dazzle of a new building and its eventual corpse - Stewart Brand went to facilities managers and real estate professionals, to preservationists and building historians, to photo archives and to futurists. He inquired, "What makes some buildings come to be loved?" He found that all buildings are forced to adapt, but only some adapt gracefully.
How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis which proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. A rich resource and point of departure, as stimulating for the general reader and home improvement hobbyist as for the building professional, the book is sure to generate ideas, provoke debate, and shake up habitual thinking.
From the connected farmhouses of New England to I. M. Pei's Media Lab, from "satisficing" to "form follows funding," from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth - this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory.
More than any other human artifact, buildings improve with time - if they're allowed. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.
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Review: How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're BuiltUser Review - Jim Wilson - Goodreads
Stewart brand was responsible for the Whole Earth Catalog along with J. Baldwin. That was the internet before there was an internet. In 1994 he published How Buildings Learn. This is one of the best ... Read full review
Review: How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're BuiltUser Review - Laura - Goodreads
This book proposes a lot of relevant ideas. I was intrigued by how the author organizes them into short, coffee table style chapters, making it a good book to have lying around the house. Definitely worth flipping through. Read full review