- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: Routledge Kegan & Paul; First Edition edition (December 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853621993
- ISBN-13: 978-0853621997
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher Alexander: The Search for a New Paradigm in Architecture Hardcover – December 1, 1983
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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.