Title: HOW BUILDINGS LEARN: What Happens After ...
Publisher: Viking Penguin, New York
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket Condition: very good +
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Oblong Sm 4to. Navy blue cloth, with gilt spine titles. 243 pages, with Appendix, Index, and Bibliography. With b/w photographic images, drawings, and plans. SIGNED by Stewart Brand on the title page. Scattered light pencil underlining. In illustrated dust-jacket (with price intact). First edition, first printing [with full number line]. Bookseller Inventory # 2329
Synopsis: This book on buildings asks the question why so many buildings punish and restrict us because almost none of them adapt well. In real use, buildings need to adapt because their uses are constantly changing. All buildings are predictions, and yet more high-style buildings are designed not to change, not to accommodate new use. A good portion of how buildings learn will be a natural history of how buildings change with time and what things work to make buildings adapt gracefully, what building layouts allow easy redefinition of space and building code considerations that permit remodelling. This practical book aims to integrate all the different aspects of the fragmented design and construction process, so that buildings can be seen as embodying a functional, yet aesthetic and capacious vision, not the conflicts, compromises and conveniences of clients, architects, engineers and contractors, all working in their interests, not the buildings.
From the Author:
The best version of the book
The British edition of my HOW BUILDINGS LEARN is much the best, because it is so well printed, and the 250 photographs read very well. Critical remarks about buildings by Richard Rogers, however, were censored out of this edition, thanks to legal threats by Mr. Rogers. They are intact in the American editions. The BBC did a fine 6-part TV series based on the book.
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