How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built (Paperback)
$30.27 - Save $4.74 13% off - RRP $35.01 Free delivery worldwide (to United States and
all these other countries) Usually dispatched within 48 hours
Short Description for How Buildings Learn Like people, buildings change with age, forced to adapt to the needs of current occupations. This provocative examination of buildings that have adapted well, and some that haven't, calls for a dramatic rethinking in the way new buildings are designed, one that allows structures to grow and change easily with the environment. Photos.
- Published: 01 October 1995
- Format: Paperback 252 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140139969 ISBN 10: 0140139966
- Sales rank: 56,870
$58.93 - Save $3.37 (5%) - RRP $62.30
$61.75 - Save $0.57 - RRP $62.32
$16.26 - Save $0.86 (5%) - RRP $17.12
$9.46 - Save $1.43 13% off - RRP $10.89
$28.10 - Save $1.48 (5%) - RRP $29.58
Full description for How Buildings Learn
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.