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Shifting Patterns: Christopher Alexander and the Eishin Campus

Author/EditorGuttmann, Eva (Author)
Kaiser, Gabriele (Author)
Mazanek, Claudia (Author)
Publisher: Park Books
ISBN: 9783038601494
Pub Date29/05/2019
BindingPaperback
Pages192
Dimensions (mm)235(h) * 205(w)
The Eishin Campus near Tokyo is Christopher Alexander's largest and most significant project based on the Pattern Language he developed in the 1970s together with Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein, and is the first examination of Alexander's 'systems generating systems' theory and its application to a concrete building design.
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Christopher Alexander is a Vienna-born, British-American architect and theorist and the father of the pattern language movement, popularised in his pivotal 1977 book, A Pattern Language, with Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein, as well as the 1979 follow up, The Timeless Way of Building. Lesser known but as essential to understanding Alexander's work is his theory of 'systems generating systems', which explains that systems as a whole are created by a 'generating system', and, 'if we wish to make things which function as "wholes", we shall have to invent generating systems to create them'.

Taking the Eishin Campus outside Tokyo, built between 1982 and 1987, as its example, Shifting Patterns is the first book to examine Alexander's theory of 'systems generating systems' and its application to a building design. It brings together essays from an interdisciplinary, international cast of experts, including Eva Guttmann, Gabriele Kaiser, Ernst Beneder, Walter Ruprechter, Hisae Hosoi, Christian Kuhn, Ida Pristinger, and Norihito Nakatani, as well as conversations with Hajo Neis and Takaharu Tezuka to investigate the application of this theory to the school and university complex, the largest project Alexander has realised based on pattern language. Among the issues discussed are topicality, interdisciplinarity and internationality, and culture transfer. The essays also look at the design-build movement as an antithesis to today's standardised and commerce-driven architectural production.
Taking the Eishin Campus outside Tokyo, built between 1983 and 1989, as its example, Shifting Patterns is the first book to examine Alexander's theory of "systems generating systems" and its application to a building design. It brings together essays from an interdisciplinary, international cast of experts, including Eva Guttmann, Gabriele Kaiser, Ernst Beneder, Walter Ruprechter, Hisae Hosoi, Christian K hn, Ida Pristinger, and Norihito Nakatani, as well as conversations with Hajo Neis and Takaharu Tezuka to investigate the application of this theory to the school and university complex, the largest project Alexander has realized based on pattern language. Among the issues discussed are topicality, interdisciplinary and internationality, and culture transfer. The essays also look at the design-build movement as an antithesis to today's standardized and commerce-driven architectural production.

Christopher Alexander is a Vienna-born, British-American architect and theorist and the father of the pattern language movement, popularised in his pivotal 1977 book, A Pattern Language, with Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein, as well as the 1979 follow up, The Timeless Way of Building. Lesser known but as essential to understanding Alexander's work is his theory of 'systems generating systems', which explains that systems as a whole are created by a 'generating system', and, 'if we wish to make things which function as "wholes", we shall have to invent generating systems to create them'.

Taking the Eishin Campus outside Tokyo, built between 1982 and 1987, as its example, Shifting Patterns is the first book to examine Alexander's theory of 'systems generating systems' and its application to a building design. It brings together essays from an interdisciplinary, international cast of experts, including Eva Guttmann, Gabriele Kaiser, Ernst Beneder, Walter Ruprechter, Hisae Hosoi, Christian Kuhn, Ida Pristinger, and Norihito Nakatani, as well as conversations with Hajo Neis and Takaharu Tezuka to investigate the application of this theory to the school and university complex, the largest project Alexander has realised based on pattern language. Among the issues discussed are topicality, interdisciplinarity and internationality, and culture transfer. The essays also look at the design-build movement as an antithesis to today's standardised and commerce-driven architectural production.
Taking the Eishin Campus outside Tokyo, built between 1983 and 1989, as its example, Shifting Patterns is the first book to examine Alexander's theory of "systems generating systems" and its application to a building design. It brings together essays from an interdisciplinary, international cast of experts, including Eva Guttmann, Gabriele Kaiser, Ernst Beneder, Walter Ruprechter, Hisae Hosoi, Christian K hn, Ida Pristinger, and Norihito Nakatani, as well as conversations with Hajo Neis and Takaharu Tezuka to investigate the application of this theory to the school and university complex, the largest project Alexander has realized based on pattern language. Among the issues discussed are topicality, interdisciplinary and internationality, and culture transfer. The essays also look at the design-build movement as an antithesis to today's standardized and commerce-driven architectural production.

Eva Guttmann is a freelance architecture publicist based in Graz and Vienna, and an editor with Park Books. Gabriele Kaiser lives and works in Vienna as a freelance architecture publicist, writer, and curator. Claudia Mazanek is a Vienna-based freelance editor with a special expertise in twentieth-century art and architecture.

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