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Buildings Have Often Been Studied 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 IM 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 TerritoryMore 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


10 thoughts on “How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

  1. says:

    I was the nerdy little girl that checked out books of floor plans from the library like 10 books at a time and just went home and looked at them Picked out features I liked in a plan, looked at how a person or a family would use a space in terms of both furniture and movement Thought about elevation and sunlight.And majored in English in college, mostly because the math required by architecture degrees was intimidating, and architecture students were intimidating Also, I didn t want to MAKE buildings, I just wanted to TALK about them Someone heard me talking about all of this and give the math excuse and said, Frank Lloyd Wright was crappy at math too, you know I m sure they said other things, but I didn t hear them, because the thought, the mere mention of Prairie School will derail my brain and take it over.This book was fabulous and made me regret for brief but recurring moments my path in higher ed However, its very presence was encouraging that I can still be well read and informed on the topic, that there is a place for everyone in the built environment to foster understanding and look with new eyes on the things we construct and inhabit for many values of construct and inhabit Huh, guess that lit degree wasn t useless after all The only reason this isn t 5 stars is because I didn t like the wide layout of the book It was kind of floppy and hard to get my mitts around, and though it provided space for a LOT of photos and drawings.


  2. says:

    You will love this book if, like me, you think that modern and postmodern architecture has gone terribly, terribly wrong Conversely, if you worship Frank Gehry, I M Pei, and their ilk, you will probably be offended Stewart Brand argues convincingly that the buildings that survive are those that can be flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs and tastes successive generations of inhabitants He is particularly trenchant in his criticism of the overprogrammed, over designed, sculptural architectural buildings he calls them magazine architecture that are often obsolete before they are completed, and he points out that, Frank Lloyd Wright s opinion notwithstanding, it is not in fact a sign of architectural success if the roof leaks Also be sure to check out his very original comments on low road buildings, those whose designs are so throwaway that successive inhabitants can and do feel utterly free to knock down walls, cut through floors, and otherwise jerry rig them to adapt to current needs It s a brilliant exploration of an often neglected but probably ubiquitous subset of buildings.


  3. says:

    Very intriguing look at buildings, cities, and how time changes a place Loved the illustrations.


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    This is my reading reaction I posted to my blog my last post this was the only book referred to in the New South Wales matrix that I hadn t yet read So I set out to grab a copy of How Buildings Learn and discover about its metaphor for a potential library future.I think I have always been interested in architecture take me to any city and I am perfectly happy wandering around to see what I can see in the streetscapes I knew why I had this interest after a 1997 college guest lecture by James Howard Kunstler As deeply ashamed as I was at the audience, some of whom booed his talk and belligerently challenged both his ideas and authority in the field, I had a growing sense of excitement and identification Kunstler was my kind of guy someone who had figured out that people s relationships with their surroundings profoundly affect their sense of development as a people Is this a place worth caring about he shouted, showing slides of all too familiar suburban landscapes where big box stores held dominion over the horizon and token landscaping replaced once thriving complex ecosystems It s no wonder young people feel alienated and isolated, he claimed, pointing to the lack of sidewalks in housing developments and the proliferation of bland places that resemble nowhere in particular.His ideas resonated with me and I was grateful to find the words for things I sensed but was not able to articulate I found this to be true of Brand s book as well although one can read this book through the photographs, illustrations, and captions alone, the narrative Brand created is a good one indeed My favorite reading moments He quotes from Jane Jacobs on the costs of new construction Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings New ideas must come from old buildings p 28 This quote faces two photos one of the carriage style garage where Hewlett Packard took shape in 1939, and the modest interior of a 1970s garage in Palo Alto where Steves Jobs Wozniak invented the Apple computer.In a strange way, libraries are always old buildings because we store the past we are the metaphoric old building that provides a foundation for today s thinkers to build upon On p 188, Brand points out the difference in philosophy of an architect who thinks of a building as a way to manipulate the power structure of those who inhabit it, and the actual inhabitants who will inevitably shape it the way their lives evolve A building is not something you finish A building is something you start Libraries are changing organisms just as our users are changing organisms Our future depends on being flexible, modular, and providing the raw space in which change can flourish Anticipate greater connectivity always Beyond being an excellent example of Strunk White style, this simple declarative sentence is what we should do for our institution as a whole and for the learners that come through our doors Brand uses this as an introduction to a paragraph on the Berkeley s Wurster Hall conduits, built into the fabric of the building anticipating lots of lovely coaxial cable for television in every classroom Instead, it proved to be a great way to network computers as the Internet revolution arose What else could it have connected Had this empty, useless space not been provided, there would have been no opportunity to help the building keep evolving with its inhabitants.Architecture turns out to have a lot in common with libraries We deal on a human scale, and help people create places worth caring about, worth inhabiting, and worth growing.


  5. says:

    This book is super fascinating, well written, and clear it s about how buildings change over time and how architects can better adapt to that process of change I want to read an updated version The parts about MIT are showing their age, especially because Brand can clearly claim prescience about the Stata Center s roof leaking.Go find the dead tree version though the e book formatting for Kindle is terrible.


  6. says:

    Stewart Brand s thinking about architecture seems to have two basic elements a strong influence from the design patterns approach of Christopher Alexander, and Brand s own interest in the time dimension Much of the book is infused with deep contempt for the practice of architecture as it has become in the past century He reserves special scorn for Frank Lloyd Wright and for contemporary magazine architects Brand s view, hardly controversial, is that architects should focus on designing buildings that work instead of buildings that merely photograph well Part of making a building that works is designing it in such a way that it can evolve over time as the occupants needs change, or the occupants themselves are replaced.Don t get me wrong this is not a negative book It is filled with insight, ideas, and suggestions And many of the photographs are fascinating, showing buildings at various times in their history, evolving, always growing, sprouting new facades, new floors, new rooflines.I wish that I had read this book when I was much younger It might have saved me from a couple major real estate mistakes Now that the housing market is in such disarray, reading and understanding this book at a deep level might be very beneficial for those young enough to benefit from buildings that will last a lifetime or .


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    This book had a lot of potential I don t know why, but I couldn t enjoy the text The illustrations and images were great, and the landscape orientation was very useful for review the evolution of structures, but the words on the page were useless The idea behind the book, the evolution of buildings, is really cool and I would like to read on the subject I wonder if I have have read too many books about buildings and how the built environment affects people that this was too basic for me Overall, not peeved that I read it, but happy that it was a lazy Sunday in front of the wood stove, and not some overly complex read, that didn t satisfy.


  8. says:

    A great book about architecture, construction and a little interior design This book, while not about computing, can serve as a reference for ho to and not build software that can evolve Brand s book is a wonderful companion to Christopher Alexander s classic books on architecture and pattern languages.


  9. says:

    Jane Jacobs is exactly right about this A classic and probably a work of genius.


  10. says:

    This book gets 4 stars for ideas and 2 stars for actual writing He could have used a better editor But also, this book was written in 1995 As a professional in the buildings industry, I am constantly running into the unique contexts each operator finds herself in whether the building is on day 2 of operations or day 2000 Lots of good things to talk about and to consider both at work and in my home renovation journey Glad I found this book