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A New Theory of Urban Design (Center for Environmental Structure) Hardcover – November 19, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0195037531 ISBN-10: 0195037537

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'immensely compelling ... It is simply written and illustrated, successfully avoiding the opaque jargon and pretentious gloss often found in such publications. It is a welcome addition to the tiny body of literature on urban design and an essential addition to the 'elbow libraries' of students and practitioners.' Francis Tibbalds, RIBA Journal 'is of great value in continuing a major process extending back over twenty years' David Gosling, University of Sheffield, Town Planning Review

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Center for Environmental Structure
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 19, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195037537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195037531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book years ago and lent it to a developer who never returned it.
So, I re-bought it recently through Amazon and am delighted I re-added to my Christopher Alexander collection.
As a professional planner/urban designer/community 'instigator' I found this little book powerful in my own quest to bring about a new Progressive Movement -- community by community.
The way Alexander and his cohorts describe how to do this is in almost direct conflict with what I consider the wrong-headed economic realities of the last century, and we must figure out how to change those before we keep creating huge plastic developments that have the shelf life of a carton of milk and are destroying out planet.
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Christopher Alexander has a very unique talent for integrating sophisticated design theory into simpe poetic language that inspires and informs in a way that is a call to action. The Center for Environmental Structure continues to form a cornerstone of architectural and urban design research.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Celena on October 22, 2011
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I dont well write in english. But, I Like this purchase. Come in the rigth time. Thanks you. Celena Rocha
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