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A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction Free download ¼ 104 Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages’ which like the languages we speak allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherenceThis book provides a language of this kind It will enable making a design for almost any kind of building or any part of th. I really don t know what I was expecting when I reserved this from the library but it wasn t this In my defense it sounded interesting I thought it might be a discussion of sociology and history meant to inspire or empower people to build what they wanted In fact what I got isLet me back up Just recently Irrational Games released the latest in their series of dystopian first person shooters Bioshock Infinite In this series visionary philosophers seek to found utopian communities based on the idea that humanity needs to be organized around a different guiding principle and in this isolation temporarily achieve great things only to be ultimately undermined by the fundamental flaws inherent in their philosophy In the first game you get to live out the fantasy of killing a bunch of Ayn Randian objectivist libertarians that have mutated into monsters In this latest game you are pitted against fanatical American patriots who worship the founding fathers One of the things that greatly interests me is that the utopian communities of Bioshock look absolutely nothing like the sort of utopian communities that are actually created or desired by the sort of people whose philosophies Bioshock draws inspiration from American religious mystics don t create high tech cities They create something like a Shaker village The people inspired by American Exceptionalism didn t create isolationist flying communes but Detroit and Chicago The followers of Ann Rand didn t and wouldn t be interested in planned communities They d correctly diagnosis any sort of planned community as a de facto government and isolation as a tool of empowerment by that government You can say many things about the Objectivists but they aren t really into building Utopias or at least not for communities as a whole Actual religious utopians building intentional planned communities don t tend to imagine high tech cities as a way to get spiritual If you actually look at the history of intentional communities in the United States and the world you find a lot of luddite religious groups a few con artists a great many free spirited anarchist suatters and an endless succession of socialist communes compounds show cities and planned communities In fact the only modern religious philosophy that has shown any consistent interest in building communities set apart from the rest of society is socialism It s got a rich 200 year history but if you are waiting for the Bioshock game that has a communist planned community at its heart well I suspect you ll be waiting a long while Actually attacking a vibrant religion especially one many of your friends belong too has way too many social repercussionsIf you want a real model for the sort of communities found in Bioshock then you couldn t really do better than this book Instead of a discussion of the theories of social organization and how they relate to architecture what you get in this book is a blueprint based on a theory of desirable organization There is within the pages of this book a detailed outline of exactly how the lives of people are to be controlled in every practical aspect Alexander has a plan for everything where you own land where you work what you do where you shop and where you sleep Everything is planned out in meticulous detail What I find particularly interesting is that what he s planning is ultimately little than a tessellated medieval town This is guy who has clearly gone to Europe fallen in love with the post medieval countryside and decided that this is the way mankind must be made to live Grounded in pseudoscience Alexander outlines reasoning for recreating every incidental aspect of the medieval countryside In the real world the complex winding tapestry of medieval fields and farms was the result of patrimony and continual subinfeudation In Alexander s fantasy world the thin intertwined fingers of land familiar to anyone with than a half dozen hours of college level course study in Medieval history are the product of science in the same way that the huge communal government owned farms of the Soviet Union and Mao s great agricultural leap forward were the product of science The pattern of streets in a medieval town the layout of semi self sufficient neighborhoods within larger cities virtually every aspect of medieval culture save the central organizing cathedral at the hub is apparent in the layout The steel I beam doesn t exist in this world nor does it appear the elevator nor does electricity save in the most cursory way This is building for the 19th century Now there are important topics here that could be discussed but from his perspective in the 1970 s a time filled with socialist community planning my cousin lived on a commune the writer isn t really asking the right uestions or thinking about them Instead of looking at the world s architectural diversity and really seeing it as adaptive and useful engineering he s got his theory and by golly he s going to stick with itI do Alexander no injustice to claim that he is a would be tyrant of the highest degree Alexander is well aware that his intentional planned community won t come about organically by people seeing the sense of his ideas and incorporating them into their lives from the bottom up first building house according to his principles then latter building complexes and latter neighborhoods and finally cities He well aware that his vision reuires above all two things central planning and authoritarian force The only way to get people to do what Alexander believes is good for them is to make them do it Every second page of the book contains an enjoinder to create laws that enforce the pattern discussed in that section and a discussion of the necessity of doing so Of course every page with such an injunction also contains a proof that the pattern to be enforced is really the natural one humanity prefers which means there has to be a Satan in the garden somewhere but I didn t read the book closely enough to find evidence beyond a few attacks on bankers and investors I suspect however that I d be learning nothing additional about the book to find the answer on that subject I ve encountered too much of this sort of crap beforeAnyway what I wanted was science What I got was religion There are many ironies in this text but probably the greatest one for me is that of all the areas of American life that this book impacts other than a few municipal codes in California the area you can see Alexander s theories play out to their fullest is in the design of Shopping Malls

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A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction Free download ¼ 104 Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download S say in their introduction many of the patterns are archetypal so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seems likely that they will be a part of human nature and human action as much in five hundred years as they are today A Pattern Language is related to Alexander’s other works in the Center for Environmental Structure series The Timeless Way of Building introductory volume and The Oregon Experimen. The authors of this book architects and designers believed that they had identified design issues that were timeless They did the research and writing for the book between about 1968 and 1977 I think many of their solutions and even some of the problems they identified were dated by the time the book was published I read the essays in the book out of order which was interesting sort of like choosing your own adventure That and the unwieldy nature of their arguments made it difficult to figure out how to summarize what the book means to me It s a beautiful and idealistic book that envisions a society where people build to give everyone what they need These authors were among many people who believed that the only way to ensure that communities reflect the people who live in them is home ownership They did not address uestions of affordability of housing Further as they began their project in 1968 they believed that the problem of racism in housing was over After all they d seen the passage of the Fair Housing Act They even dismissed racism as an issue in one essay while discussing the formation of neighborhoods by affinity These massive oversights or innocence or whatever it was make reading this book almost unbearable Another thing which made the book feel dated to me were all the ways that the authors tried to deal with the generation gap and the family I cannot imagine how people who had traveled to many cultures and cities could think of their emphasis on the normalcy and centrality of the nuclear family and in particular the needs of couples were universal The other piece of reading this book that saddened me were all the insights about low rise buildings the importance of public space and the need for people to have space to play Every positive thing in this book has either been ignored in urban planning to the extent we actually allow urban planners to plan spaces or made available to affluent people only I think the saddest thing was seeing recently that people are building mini houses in parking lots This decades after this book came out and was read by everyone this book that asserts that only a minimal amount of space in a city should go to parking and how important it is for every house to have a garden Anyway fun to read if bittersweet

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A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction Free download ¼ 104 Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download E built environment ‘Patterns’ the units of this language are answers to design problems how high should a window sill be; how many stories should a building have; how much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and treesMore than 250 of the patterns in this language are outlined each consisting of a problem statement a discussion of the problem with an illustration and a solution As the author. An essential book for anybody interested in the field I read it cover to cover very slowly with breaks and now I feel I have some grasp of what it takes to build a houseIt is of course dated and highly geared towards North American houses but it s still a seminal work The parts on urbanism are in fact how we in CNW Europe do manage things so that is heartening Extensions to the book for instance how to build houses in very space constrained environments like the Netherlands could be interestingWhat is annoying is how much of today s buildings are not aligned with the patterns in this book I recommend policy makers and architects to be thumped with this tome on a regular basis


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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander Free read æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Christopher W. Alexander This is the book that sparked my interest in architecture and home design many years ago Skip the town and urban planning if you are interested in how to design a comfortable home Christopher Alexander is passionate and persuasive about what he believes we need in our homes natural light from two sides of a room window seats one can actually read in uiet separate dressing areas for every person in a house because bedrooms should be rooms

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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander Free read æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Christopher W. Alexander Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download I have to give it 5 stars because there is no other way to describe it but as amazing Forgive me the long review but it was a library checkout and I want to refer back to itI was initially annoyed that there wasn't an idex where I could look up office space and uickly read their recommendations for the best layout Yet now I love the way each pattern refers to all the other patterns it is connected to and you find yourse

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    Free download A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download Free read æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Christopher W. Alexander An essential book for anybody interested in the field I read it cover to cover very slowly with breaks and now I feel I have some grasp of what it takes to build a houseIt is of course dated and highly geared tow

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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander This is probably my favorite non fiction book Christopher Alexander and his students have collected everything there is to know about design and put it in one book Yet cultures go on making the same mistakes over and over And few architects I talk to have ever read the bookThe book is easy to read and understand It consists of hund

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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download Free download A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction Very inspiring Empowered me to think practically about architecture at all scales No appraisal or brainstorm on anything architecture houses or buildings goes by without these patterns popping up in my mindI now understand why the author himself hated that his 'pattern' approach was appropriated by folks turning

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    Christopher W. Alexander ó 4 Free download Free read æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Christopher W. Alexander [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander The authors of this book architects and designers believed that they had identified design issues that were timeless They did the research and writing for the book between about 1968 and 1977 I think many of their solutions and even s

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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander 1171 pages covering 253 'patterns' And this is the second half of the book 1st half is The Timeless Way of Building1171 pages love the

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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander Patterns are key to understanding what is ailing our landscape There is an order a language for the way a good str

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    [PDF FREE] (A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction) By Christopher W. Alexander Anyone with the luxury of designing their own home should jump at the chance to get this book It's a bit dated but at 1100 pages it surely describes most of the details you'll need to think aboutI took it home from the library because it's a fascinating book about architectural design in general everything from the optimal size of a public suare 70 feet wide to the best place for a garden seat I learned that my house has a good in

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  • Hardcover
  • 1216
  • A Pattern Language Towns Buildings Construction
  • Christopher W. Alexander
  • English
  • 14 January 2020
  • 9780195019193