A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander (b. 1936) has become a modern classic about the archetypal language of spatial organisation. Authored with Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein with contributions by Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Shlomo Angelhas, and published by the Oxford University Press in 1977, the book argued for a new systemic approach to planning. The theoretical framework was in linguistics: architecture is a language that has a vocabulary, syntax and grammar. The book provides 253 patterns that compose a language for building and planning, for towns and neighbourhoods, houses, gardens, and rooms.
A Pattern Language is the second volume in the three-part series; the other two being The Timeless Way of Building and The Oregon Experiment.
The copy we currently have in stock is the original 1977 edition, and it is in good condition. The dust jacket has some dirt stains and edge wear. The binding is intact, and the pages are clean. There is a signature on the first flyleaf. Please note that the product photos are of an earlier version we had in stock.