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After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are not publishing a major statement in the form of three works which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building, and planning, which will, we hope, replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published December 11th 1975 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Sara Van Dyck

Scanlon, a young professor with job problems, moves to “Douglas” (Eugene?) Oregon. with wife Naomi and baby, hoping to jump-start his career by studying a secession movement and anarchists in the NW. Scanlon and Naomi soon find themselves over their heads, dealing with destructive Clay, earth-mother Sequoia, plus academic and sexual jealousies.

Super depiction of Eugene: local places shifted around but the ambience kept intact. Scribner explores the reasoning of anti-establishment characters mos...more
Oleg Melnikov
Just finished re-reading this book. Did not compare the drawings in the book with a current map of university campus today last time..

Now I did..
It's amazing how a book written in 1973 have predicted the way a campus of the University of Oregon will expand in the next 30 years.

How they did it - six simple principles were introduced in 70s and used instead of the master plan:
1. Organic order
2. Participation
3. Piecemeal growth
4. Patterns (see previous Alexander's book)
5. Diagn...more
Forum Shah
Let me read first
The best book I've ever read on the master planning process for the University of Oregon, bar none. No, seriously, it's an interesting case for making small organic plans rooted in real needs on the ground vs. huge splashy projects. Slow evolution > punctuated equilibrium in town or university development. It explains how campus architecture can create both dead zones and lively, social places.
What I'd dearly love to read now is a "where is it now?" on the Oregon Experiment. How's it coming? How, in Stewart Brand's parlance, has it learned?
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