The Timeless Way of Building, Hardback Book
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The theory of architecture implicit in our world today, Christopher Alexander believes, is bankrupt.

More and more people are aware that something is deeply wrong.

Yet the power of present-day ideas is so great that many feel uncomfortable, even afraid, to say openly that they dislike what is happening, because they are afraid to seem foolish, afraid perhaps that they will be laughed at.

Now, at last, here is a coherent theory which describes in modern terms an architecture as ancient as human society itself.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 576 pages, plates and text-figures throughout
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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  • Category: Architecture
  • ISBN: 9780195024029


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I read this as an introduction to Alexander's other books. The same sentiments apply. This is a very easy to read book. It explains the philosophy of pattern based design much better than many later books have managed. Reading it it is obvious why so many Design and Software gurus consider Alexander as a big influence.

Also in the Center for Environmental Structure Series series