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A pattern language

towns, buildings, construction

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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.

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A pattern language: towns, buildings, construction
1977, Oxford University Press
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New York

Edition Notes

Companion volume to The timeless way of building and The Oregon experiment.

Series
Center for Environmental Structure

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
720/.1
Library of Congress
NA2500 .A445, NA2500.A445

The Physical Object

Pagination
xliv, 1171 p. :
Number of pages
1171

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Open Library
OL5059163M
ISBN 10
0195019199
LC Control Number
74022874
Library Thing
333
Goodreads
79766

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