CHRISTOPHER ANDREWS ARCHITECT & TOWN PLANNER
AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF INFLUENTIAL BOOKS
Often our clients ask us for recommendations on books that might help them with their building. I have put together this list, with some brief comments, so that others might begin to explore the wonderful resources of shared knowledge about creating whole and healthy places.
The topics covered include:
part i (THIS PAGE)
A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander, with Sara Ishikawa, Murray
Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Schlmo Angel,
Oxford University Press 1977
A extremely influential and important book, it lays out
a system of looking at the environment as a series of patterns of use
and form, and describes how ordinary people have used this approach for
centuries to construct the most durable parts of the built environment.
See also The Center for Environmental
The Timeless Way of Building, Christopher Alexander, Oxford University Press 1979
A coherent theory of architecture, building and
planning that at its core is based on a traditional process whereby
people make order of the world from their own visions and being.
The Production of Houses, Christopher Alexander, with Howard Davis, Julio
Martinez, and Don Corner, Oxford
University Press 1985
The documentation of the building of a community in
Mexicali, according to the principles in A Pattern Language and The
A New Theory of Urban Design, Alexander Christopher, with Hajo Neis, Artemis
Anninou and Ingrid King, Oxford University Press 1987
The documentation and evaluation of an experimental
process of piecemeal and incremental growth applied to an area on the
waterfront of San Francisco.
The New Natural House Book, David Pearson, Fireside Books, 1998
A good basic book on the various aspects of building
The Straw Bale House Book, Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge,
and David Eisenberg, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1994
The bible for super-insulated straw bale building.
Although much of the technology has been updated in this cutting
edge building technology, this book is a strong foundation.
Sun, Wind, and Light, Architectural Design Strategies,
G.Z. Brown, John Wiley & Sons, 1985
guide to considering the form making potential of climatic variables
early in the design process.
Living Spaces, Ecological Building and Design,
Thomas Schmitz-Gunter, Loren E. Abraham, Thomas A Fisher, Konemann, 1999
guide to various aspects of green housing in Europe.
The Ecology of Commerce, A Declaration of
Paul Hawken, Harper Business, 1993
A visionary looks at the future of business.
Natural Capitalism, Creating the Next Industrial
Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins, Little Brown, 2000
paradigm for a new economy
The Ecology of Architecture, Laura C. Zeiher, Whitney Library of Design, 1996
studies of environmentally responsible architecture