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Arts & Crafts in Detroit, 1906-1976: The Movement, The Society, The School (Detroit Institute of Arts, Nov. 26, 1976 to Jan. 16, 1977)

Colby, Joy Hakanson; Holleman, Thomas, et al.

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ISBN 10: 0195019199 / ISBN 13: 9780195019193
Published by The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, 1976
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296 pp, Color Plates; acknowledgments, preface, The Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, 1906-1976: An Introduction by Joy Hakanson Colby; Arts and Crafts Architecture in Detroit by Thomas Holleman; The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Era: 1906-1931 by Sheila K. Tabakoff; Pewabic Pottery by Thom Brunk; The Modern Art Gallery: 1932-1941 by Mary Jane Jacobs; The School 1926-1976 by Dennis Barrie and Susan F. Rossen; list of exhibitions bibliography, list of lenders with b&w illustrations throughout. First Edition, 1976. Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Brown Brown printer wrappers with blind-stamped lettering to front board, and black lettering to spine. Size: Large 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 002383

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Title: Arts & Crafts in Detroit, 1906-1976: The ...

Publisher: The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction.

After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment, and this book, A Pattern Language.

At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people.

At the core of the books, too, is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain "languages," which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a forma system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment.

"Patterns," the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.

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The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure to provide a "working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning," A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations. The reader is given an overview of some 250 patterns that are the units of this language, each consisting of a design problem, discussion, illustration, and solution. By understanding recurrent design problems in our environment, readers can identify extant patterns in their own design projects and use these patterns to create a language of their own. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, this book has become a bible for homebuilders, contractors, and developers who care about creating healthy, high-level design.

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