Christopher Alexander Christopher Wolfgang Alexander (born October 4, 1936 in Vienna, Austria) is an architect noted for his theories about design, and for more than 200 building projects in California, Japan, Mexico and around the world. Reasoning that users know more about the buildings they need than any architect could, he produced and validated (in collaboration with Sarah Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein) a "pattern language" designed to empower anyone to design and build at any scale. Alexander is often overlooked by texts in the history and theory of architecture because his work intentionally disregards contemporary architectural discourse. As such, Alexander is widely considered to occupy a place outside the discipline, the discourse, and the practice of Architecture. In 1958, he moved from England to the United States, living and teaching in Berkeley, California from 1963. He is professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Education
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Reinventing America's Cities: Discovering Opportunities by Challenging BiasesThe current economic crisis, increasing ecological concerns, and growing urban populations are remarkable opportunities for innovative thinking and strategic policies to redesign our cities. In that regard, a March 29, 2009 article, entitled "Reinventing America's Cities: The Time is Now," by the architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff in the New York Times was particularly welcome for a number of reasons. First, it appeared in a publication that is influential and widely read by the professionals and policy makers responsible for shaping our cities. Second, instead of the often fawning tone of articles of one-off spectacular buildings by star architects, this essay was measured, thoughtful, and highlighted modest yet significant efforts by architects, urban designers, and planners to redesign cities such as New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and Buffalo. A marketplace in New Delhi: Isn't this what the West aspires to? Dr.
Top 100 Urban ThinkersThe poll was active for one month, from August 7th to September 7th, 2009. We would never claim that this is a definitive list; voters were given free reign to submit and vote for whomever they liked. Our only caveat is that we cleared out a couple of submissions that were clearly in jest, such as "Jesus" (although I'm sure someone could make a legitimate argument for his influence on urban planning). The other significant issue with this list that will surely be raised is the lack of women: only 9 out of the top 100 are female. The thinkers that are here are a fascinating bunch, ranging from planners of the past like Baron Haussmann, the civic planner that changed the face of Paris in the 19th century, to active thinkers of today like Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. As of now, we've only just begun filling in these biographies.
Jaime CorreaBonita Springs, Florida Jaime Correa (born September 19, 1957 in Colombia) is an urban planner, architect, and professor at the University of Miami. Correa is a respected authority in the fields of architecture, town design, and sustainable development. Publications Correa is the editor of THE CORREA REPORT, a newsletter developing a new consciousness of traditional sustainability, and the author of "Seven Recipes for the New Urbanism." He also has published a small pamphlet titled: "Self-Sufficient Urbanism: a vision of contraction for the non-distant future." Additionally, he has been a frequent collaborator of the Town Paper, New Towns, the SNU Report, The New Urbanism: Comprehensive Report and Best Practices Guide, PLACES, the New Urban News, the New Urbanism Council Reports, and other national publications. Awards Correa has been widely recognized. Education Jaime CORREA and Associates A Selection of Publications Correa, Jaime (2009). References
The Rise And Fall Of Poverty PornThe dramatic pseudo-orchestral music of '80s action-movie schlock begins. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears on the screen, and for the next three minutes gets progressively more bloodied, beaten, and battered as he fights to rescue his on-screen daughter. This isn’t a trailer for the movie Commando. It’s a narration by Alex, a precocious 9-year-old Tanzanian boy who is--as 9-year-old boys tend to be with violent movies--obsessed. The three-minute YouTube video cuts back and forth between Alex and clips from the movie, as he narrates every key plot twist, complete with action moments and sound effects. And that’s the point. The modern era of the humanitarian crisis was born on American televisions in 1968. Within a few months, mass starvation began. In the subsequent three decades, humanitarian organizations became more and more adept at leveraging images of poverty, disease, and famine to access charitable donations. Even more so, however, it reflects a changing generational sensibility.
Pattern Language.comKevin A. LynchKevin A. Lynch Kevin Andrew Lynch (1918 Chicago, Illinois - 1984 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) was an American urban planner and author. His most influential books include The Image of the City (1960) and What Time is This Place? (1972). Biography Lynch provided seminal contributions to the field of city planning through empirical research on how individuals perceive and navigate the urban landscape. Parallel to his academic work, Lynch practiced planning and urban design in partnership with Stephen Carr, with whom he founded Carr Lynch Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Image of the City Lynch's most famous work, The Image of the City published in 1960, is the result of a five-year study on how observers take in information of the city. In the same book Lynch also coined the words "imageability" and "wayfinding". Selected writings References External links
Glossary: Terrain Vague | Urban Attributes - Andalusia Center for Contemporary ArtWith the coining of the term Terrain Vague, Ignasi de Solà-Morales is interested in the form of absence in the contemporary metropolis. This interest focuses on abandoned areas, on obsolete and unproductive spaces and buildings, often undefined and without specific limits, places to which he applies the French term terrain vague. Regarding the generalized tendency to "reincorporate" these places to the productive logic of the city by transforming them into reconstructed spaces, Solà-Morales insists on the value of their state of ruin and lack of productivity. Only in this way can these strange urban spaces manifest themselves as spaces of freedom that are an alternative to the lucrative reality prevailing in the late capitalist city. They represent an anonymous reality. The term Terrain Vague is part of a proposal of urban analysis that is an alternative to models of structuralist origin; these have demonstrated their inefficiency in their confrontation with contemporary urban events.
BUILDING LIVING NEIGHBORHOODSIf you are one of a group of friends who are talking about building a new place to live a better life, this website can show you ways of working that are inspiring and related to the things which matter in your lives. The ACTION & PRACTICE pages will guide you. If you are a developer or landowner, this website can show you ways of working that are more capable of creating healthy, hospitable and beautiful places for people to live, than present forms of practice typically allow. It does not cost more. If your family or business is helping to rebuild an old neighborhood, or moving to a new one, this website will give you tools and a voice which will be heard, so you can genuinely influence what happens. If you are a community organizer, or a leader in a local community, this website will give you tools to be sure that residents and local businesses can play an effective and practical part in decision making, which will be heard.
Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti (February 14, 1404 – April 25, 1472) was an Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized as an "architect" exclusively, as James Beck has observed, "to single out one of Leon Battista's 'fields' over others as somehow functionally independent and self-sufficient is of no help at all to any effort to characterize Alberti's extensive explorations in the fine arts." Alberti's life was described in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects. Life Leon Battista Alberti was born in 1404 in Genoa to a wealthy Florentine father who had been exiled from his own city, but who was allowed to return in 1428. Alberti was gifted in many directions. His first major architectural commission was in 1446 for the facade of the Rucellai Palace in Florence. Publications Architectural works Pienza