How Buildings Learn

How Buildings Learn

What Happens After They're Built

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Presents an illustrated analysis of contemporary buildings and architecture, making a convincing argument for creating structures that are adaptable and allow redefinition of space and design and construction integration

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Kind of like the theory that a literary text is never closed, but is temporarily appropriated in its reading and rereading, Brand, of Whole Earth Catalog fame, proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can grow from artists of space into artists of time. As a resource or just as a read, Brand shows how to work with time rather than against it. He provides loads of examples and loads of photographs and drawings. 11x8.75" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Buildings have often been studied whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time.
Architects (and architectural historians) are interested only in a building's original intentions. Most are dismayed by what happens later, when a building develops its own life, responsive to the life within. To get the rest of the story - to explore the years between the dazzle of a new building and its eventual corpse - Stewart Brand went to facilities managers and real estate professionals, to preservationists and building historians, to photo archives and to futurists. He inquired, "What makes some buildings come to be loved?" He found that all buildings are forced to adapt, but only some adapt gracefully.
How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis which proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. A rich resource and point of departure, as stimulating for the general reader and home improvement hobbyist as for the building professional, the book is sure to generate ideas, provoke debate, and shake up habitual thinking.
From the connected farmhouses of New England to I. M. Pei's Media Lab, from "satisficing" to "form follows funding," from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth - this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory.
More than any other human artifact, buildings improve with time - if they're allowed. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an innovative illustrated analysis of contemporary buildings and architecture, making a convincing argument for creating structures that are adaptable and allow redefinition of space and design and construction integration. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, 1994
ISBN: 9780670835157
0670835153
Branch Call Number: 720.1 BRAND
Characteristics: viii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm

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LMcShaneCLE May 01, 2014

I plan on buying this one - maybe later edition - though it stands test of time as a resource for architects and designers.

jesking Dec 04, 2012

The content of this book was very interesting. The book format really stunk though. It's a wide, 2 column a page book that made it awkward to sit and read comfortably.

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