(Berkeley, California): (The Center for Environmental Structure, 2002-2005), 2002. Hardcover. Four volumes (complete), quarto size, 2228 pp. Fine / Fine. Item #CNJL383
Complete four-volume set of the philosophy of architecture; as the dust jacket so aptly phrases it: "Neither scientists, nor mystics, nor architects, nor politicians have so far found a single view of the world in which the three are united. This groundbreaking work allows us to form one picture of the world in which all three perspectives (scientific; beauty and grace; and common sense) are interlaced. It opens the door to twenty first-century science and cosmology" (parentheses mine). All four volumes lavishly illustrated with both colour and black and white photographs and diagrams. The author, Dr Christopher Wolfgang Alexander (b. 1936) is a widely influential architect and design theorist; his theories about the nature of human-centred design have had notable impacts across many fields beyond architecture, including urban design, software, sociology. He is regarded as the father of the "Pattern Language" movement, the technology behind Wikipedia being derived directly from his work (n. b., above info from Wikipedia).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in light blue cloth over thin boards (somewhat flexible yet solid), gilt decoration on the front, gilt lettering on the front and spine, quarto size (almost 11" tall), pagination: Book One (i)-xiv, (1)-476, Book Two (i)-xviii, (1)-636, Book Three (i)-xiv, (1)-698, and Book Four (i)-xvi, (1)-356.
___CONDITION: Each volume is in fine condition, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; there is a stray shallow crease here and there on the jackets and the bottom corners of Book Four are gently bumped, else fine - the volumes appear unread.
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