A classic text on architecture, and architrecture and town planning at teh broadest sense, a hugely inflential and highly accessible work, also notable in the use of 'internet / web' type hyperlinks in the text ( long before the mass internet) .
Reprint , 1977 , light edgewear only, no marks or damage, internally unmarked.
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction is a 1977 book on architecture, planning and community and urban livability It was authored by Alexander, Ishikawa and Silverstein of the Center for Environmental Structure of Berkeley , California with writing credits also to Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel. Decades after its publication, it is still one of the best-selling books on architecture.
The book creates a new language, what the authors call a pattern language derived from timeless entities called patterns. As they write on page xxxv of the introduction, "All 253 patterns together form a language." Patterns describe a problem and then offer a solution. In doing so the authors intend to give ordinary people, not only professionals, a way to work with their neighbors to improve a town or neighborhood, design a house for themselves or work with colleagues to design an office, workshop, or public building such as a school.