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This book is more a philosophy of life than an architectural commentary. David Abbott gave it to me some years ago and I constantly refer to it. It is full of wisdom and inspiration, written in Alexander's beautiful prose style ... anyone who cares about the spaces we inhabit should read it. (Mike Dempsey, founding partner of CDT Design, Creative Review)

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  • Relié: 576 pages
  • Editeur : OUP USA (10 avril 1980)
  • Collection : Center for Environmental Structure Series
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0195024028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195024029
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,3 x 3,2 x 14,5 cm
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Alexander is a man with a vision. The vision that architecture is something we have been doing for a long time and that true perfection can only be arrived at through a continuous process of pieacemeal growth. I like his vision but I also like the form he uses to explain the vision : slow and calm and very thorough.
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312 internautes sur 326 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Changes how you look at everything 6 août 2000
Par Leonard R Budney - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
``The Timeless Way of Building'' explains the idea of patterns in architecture. A pattern is a way to solve a specific problem, by bringing two conflicting forces into balance.
Here's a very simple example of a pattern. When a room has a window with a view, the window becomes a focal point: people are attracted to the window and want to look through it. The furniture in the room creates a second focal point: everyone is attracted toward whatever point the furniture aims them at (usually the center of the room or a TV). This makes people feel uncomfortable. They want to look out the window, and toward the other focus at the same time. If you rearrange the furniture, so that its focal point becomes the window, then everyone will suddenly notice that the room is much more ``comfortable''.
I applied that pattern to my own living room, by moving the TV under the window and rearranging the furniture, and I was amazed what a difference it made! That's a very simple example, and there are literally hundreds more in this book and its sequel. Simply reading them is fascinating; it will convince you that you can make your own home into something as wonderful in its own way as the Taj Mahal--which is Alexander's whole point.
In fact, the book's main idea is much more powerful than that. It applies to almost every aspect of life, not just to architecture. When a situation makes us unhappy, it is usually because we have two conflicting goals, and we aren't balancing them properly. Alexander's idea is to identify those ``conflicting forces'', and then find a solution which brings them into harmony. It's a simple concept, but once you appreciate it you realize how deep it really is.
This is definitely one of the best books on my shelf. It has really changed the way I look at...everything.
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Interesting Ideas, Poetic Language 31 décembre 2001
Par Mark Wieczorek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I come to this book as a designer, as a technology professional, as a manager, and as a person who has always been interested in gaining an understanding of the patterns and systems governing our universe.
The book is organized into three sections, I'll summarize each of them for you.
The Quality
The author postulates a Quality without a Name. "The fact that this quality cannot be named does not mean that it is vague or imprecise... I shall try to show you now, why words can never capture it, by circling around it, through the medium of a half a dozen words." These words are "Alive" "Whole" "Comfortable" "Free" "Exact" "Egoless" "Eternal." The Quality is related to yet is none of those things.
My take on this section is that this Quality Without a Name is very sort of touchy feely. It seems to boil down to trusting your emotions - if something feels good it is good.
The Gate
In the introduction the author says that there is only one way of building. "There is one timeless way of building... It is... powerful and fundamental... And there is no other way in which a building or a town which lives can possibly be made." The author states that because architects and city planners are removed from the community, unlike the way people once built things, that we've lost this way, this language.
He then proposes a Pattern Language, which is the heart of the book (In my humble opinion). A Pattern is a way to identify, build, and share this precies way of making buildings and towns that are alive.
"... every pattern we define must be formulated in the form of a rule which establishes a relationship between a context, a system of forces which arises in that context, and a configuration which allows these forces to resolve themselves in that context.
"It has the following generic form:
Context -> System of forces -> Configuration."
If you can define a context, problem, and solution, you have a pattern that can be used to build something, and can be shared by other people.
You get to this definition by thinking of a place that is alive, that's comfortable, and focusing on the geography, on the space. What makes it so good? What is the need that this place fills? This is always hard to do: going from the general to the specific or the specific to the general requires a mental leap, and the author provides a some examples of how to do this. How to determine if something has this "Quality Without a Name."
Every complex thing (like a flower) is made up of many simple things that are self-sustaining. Any non-sustaining system within the whole will bring the whole down.
This is true of buildings and places as well. "Half Hidden Garden", for example, may be made up of "Courtyards Which Live" "Garden Growing Wild" "Terraced Slope" "Fruit Trees" "Sunny Place," etc. You shouldn't even begin to design until you have a complete picture of what the garden will be like by filling in all of the details.
This section, I believe, inspired Object Oriented Programming. A "Sunny Place" can be used in other "Half Hidden Gardens" or in an entirely different structure, like a Park.
The Way
I decided to skim this section, so my summary here will probably miss a few important points. I may go back and read it in more depth at a later date.
Here he describes how the language can live, like a genetic code - picked up and modified by people over time so that multiple languages can evolve. He also describes how to put the pattern into action.
The idea of a Pattern Language appeals to me, and I like many of the concepts the book puts forward, however I found his tone to be self-congradulatory, and he didn't seem to put much stock in his reader. The tone was very much "My idea is revolutionary, and you must be prepared to recieve it."
Many of his arguments are put forth poorly. Either he doesn't describe his premise well, or the logic itself seems flawed. For example, he says that this process is both precise and based on feelings. Reading the book this seems contradictory, but upon later reflection it makes sense. It was just stated poorly. What he's proposing is a way of defining, or pinning down, what about a place makes it feel good. A specific process to define why a you like something, and formula for communicating it.
Overall, I felt he could've been a LOT more concise and either made the book smaller, or packed a lot more useful information in. It felt very much like a first draft, and that he was still working through his ideas and not quite prepared to communicate them effectively. Several of the other reviews of this book seem to miss the point, and I take that as further indication that the author was struggling to get his ideas across.
The author believes that getting an overview of his concepts is more important than the details, so he arranged the book so you can read the "headlines" quickly to get an overview. For me this was distracting because he changes voice for every paragraph, and the book loses it's narrative flow.
I give this book five stars for content, but remove one for the way it was communicated. I suggest it to anyone who is interested in developing a system (these ideas apply to much more than architecture), a taxonomy, a structure, or those with a purely academic interest in the author's ideas. I'm actually anxious to put some of them to use.
The second book in this series is called A Pattern Language, and it's 230 or so patterns, ranging from Region to Town to Sunny Area. The third book is The Oregon Experiment, which I believe chronicles the building of a school based on these principles.
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Read Alexanders "Notes on synthesis and form" first 15 août 2005
Par Mark P. McDonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book will overwhelm the uninitiated reader with its sheer volume of information and organization. Getting the most from this book requires understanding its underpinnings -- else it is a giant list of stuff.

Those underpinnings are in Alexander's book "Notes on Synthesis and Form" Unfortunately from an Amazon perspective the Author's middle initial is in that citation, so it does not show up here. Christopher W. Alexander's Notes on Synthesis and form makes all of the follow-on books understandable and more useful to you.

The additional time and money for this work are well worth it.
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Only book in both my top 5 personal & professional list 27 juillet 1999
Par Alan Shalloway - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I am a software development consultant and trainer specializing in design patterns (to give you some perspective). Design patterns are the translation of Christopher's work to software development and involves finding recurring patterns in software development (forgive me for the oversimplified definition). This book has given me incredible insights into building software in ways previously beyond my skills. However, to be honest, I think I may appreciate the esthetics of the book even more. It is so enjoyable to read. I recommend this book to my students, associates and friends all the time and I get many, many "thank you"s for doing so. A note about reading it. Christopher recommends reading the italicized sections if you don't have time to read the whole book as opposed to just reading the first few chapters. This gives you a sense of the entire book as opposed to only the first few chapters in detail. I suggest reading the book through this way first anyway (italicized sections only), and then going back and reading the entire thing. It will take a couple of hours, but then when you go back and read it normally, you will understand and enjoy it much better.
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Didactic, less practical than A Pattern Language 4 août 2009
Par Brenda Be - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The Timeless Way is an important book and worth reading for anyone in the fields of architecture, design, development, construction, or community planning, and many others who are interested in the subject. However, it is didactic and requires several grains of salt to read.

Alexander is poetic and brilliant at times, annoying and luddite at others. This book is better read as a meditative 'centering' than as a practical exercise. For those who have some grounding in the concept or otherwise are looking for practical advice, the companion volume, A Pattern Language, is the better choice. Sure you can and perhaps should read both. But these are lengthy tomes and this one can actually be quite a turnoff at times.

If I hadn't read A Pattern Language first and practiced the patterns in action and seen how effective they Can be, I don't know if I'd have been able to trust much of Alexander in this one. His rhetoric can quickly become overblown and repetitive, and is best read in snippets. I did find it a restful way to spend my lunch over several months. Reading a few pages at a time, I could meditate on the poetry and the peace within and avoid the overtones of egotistic genius.

Very Harold Roarke in his insistence on his One True Way - ironically anti-Ayn Rand in his insistence on the community and collaborative process: Alexander essentially insists that architects and designers and city planners are not necessary. This is like insisting that we all grow our own food and weave our own cloth.

Having worked in one-on-one roles directly with clients, and also in community 'consensus driven' processes - I beg to differ with much of Alexander's essential theory: that any group of folk can automatically come together to design rooms, buildings, complexes of buildings, etc. in a virtually leaderless way simply by implementing the 'patterns.' And that construction drawings and written specifications are superfluous. In my experience the opposite is true - the more detailed the drawing and the tighter the written spec, the more fully realized the design is before ever breaking ground - the more successful the project is with less surprises, mistakes, stress, and costly problems.

Sure, much of contemporary architecture is dead, cold, barren. Sure, many, many, many architects and designers are lazy and uncreative, or many who are creative and talented are too ego-driven and care little for their occupants' experiences of the buildings they draw. But Alexander would have Lloyd Wright, Gropius, Philip Johnson et. al. consigned to the dustbin. This aspect is troubling. I do suggest reading The Timeless Way for those in the field and others who are so inclined, as it has much to offer. But I recommend A Pattern Language much more.

For other of my didactic (and meditative?) views on design and construction, see [...]
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