A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Krakauer, Jon

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Authors: Krakauer, Jon
Series: A Vintage Short
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO001000, ARC005080, ARC024000
ISBN: 9780525562740, Related ISBNs: 0525562745, 0525595945, 0525595953, 9780525562740, 9780525595946
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 16
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Here is Jon Krakauer’s portrait of the iconoclastic architect Christopher Alexander, whose revolutionary human-centered approach has shaken the foundations of modern architecture.

Krakauer delves into Alexander’s life and career, from his theories on a timeless “pattern language” that could be used to create buildings and towns that were simultaneously more livable and more beautiful, to his belief that architecture is correctly viewed as a powerful social instrument; from his on-site drafting techniques to his design process that, like a cocoon, shapes a building from the inside out. With trademark rigor, nuance, and insight, Krakauer powerfully draws us into Alexander’s singular vision of human-centered design—one in which people reclaim control over their built environment.

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