The Timeless Way of Building, Volume 8

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Oxford University Press, 1979 - Architecture - 552 pages
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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, there 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 in it 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."
  

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User Review  - Stephan Renkens - Goodreads

The Timeless Way of Building got a recommendation in an IT book. In Head First Design Patterns the Freemans tell that the concept of Design Patterns was not coming from the Gang of Four or even the IT ... Read full review

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I am delighted by this book and will seek out the others in the series - as much psychology and philosophy as architecture, and the most sensible look at human factors in design I've read in years. I ... Read full review

Contents

THE QUALITY
17
The quality without a name
19
Being alive
41
Patterns of events
55
Patterns of space
75
Patterns which are alive
101
The multiplicity of living patterns
123
S The quality itself
137
The reality of patterns
277
The structure of a language
305
The evolution of a common language
325
THE
347
Differentiating space
365
One pattern at a time
385
Shaping one building
403
Shaping a group of buildings
427

THE GATE
155
The flower and the seed
157
o Ourpattern languages
167
Our pattern languages cont
193
The creative power of language
211
The breakdown of language
225
Patterns which can be shared
243
The process of construction
455
The process of repair
475
The slow emergence of a town
493
Its ageless character
511
THE KERNEL OF THE
529
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About the author (1979)


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.