Cover: Notes on the Synthesis of Form, from Harvard University PressCover: Notes on the Synthesis of Form in PAPERBACK

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

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$34.00 • £27.95 • €30.50

ISBN 9780674627512

Publication Date: 01/01/1964

Academic Trade

224 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

45 line illustrations


One of the most important contemporary books about the art of design, what it is, and how to go about it.Industrial Design

Christopher Alexander has outlined an ambitious proposal that could revolutionize the approach to architectural design… His method cannot help but become ‘a very powerful tool indeed’ for those who would deal with projects of the complex present and the growing complexity of the future.Progressive Architecture

The success or failure of the designed environment will remain, as always, a human responsibility… Alexander’s assertions are not only challenging and stimulating but informative.American Institute of Architects Journal

An important book for the urban designer and planner…stimulating and certainly controversial… It may one day prove to be a landmark in design methodology.Journal of the American Institute of Planners

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While technology used in policing has improved, it hasn’t progressed, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, if racial biases are built into those new technologies. This excerpt from his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, shows that for the reform called for by the current protests against systemic racism and racially-biased policing to be fulfilled, the police—especially those at the top—will need to change their pre-programmed views on race and the way they see the Black citizens they are supposed to “serve and protect.”