How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

Full Title How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built
ISBN 0140139966
ISBN13 9780140139969
Publisher Penguin Group (USA)
Authors Stewart Brand
Edition Reprint
Publish Date 1995-10-01
Binding Paperback

Buildings have often been studies whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that 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.

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 artifacts, buildings improve with time-if they're allowed to. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

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.

Dimensions 8.58 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.70 (d)
Subjects General & Miscellaneous Architecture


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