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Christopher Alexander: The Search for a New Paradigm in Architecture Hardcover – December, 1983
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Christopher Alexander has emerged, through his practical experimental work and a series of stimulating books, as one of the most important architectural thinkers of our time. Dr. Stephen Grabow….has produced a biographical and philosophical study which examines the development of Alexander’s ideas, from early studies in mathematics and architecture at Cambridge, England, to the present day.
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As a biography, it lacks an adequate timeline or details about Alexander's personal life, but includes many events that appear directly relevant to his architecture and aesthetics work. No serious attempt is made to show where Alexander is flawed in his thinking -- nothing suggests that Grabow has any special insight into critically extending Alexander's work, beyond the useful connections to Kuhn. For those interested in isolating the scientific insights that CA is pursuing, this book is essential reading, allowing one to separate CA's personality from his objective discoveries better than any other available work I know of.
Good photographs, some recycled from Alexander's books, are scattered through the main body of the text, and there are several dozen photos collected at the end. A good bibliography is given. The direct transcription of CA's words is especially delightful. There are some annoying spelling errors sprinkled throughout the whole thing.