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W0lf · 2017-06-05 · Original thread
I've gathered all the book titles in this thread and created Amazon affiliate links (if you don't mind. Otherwise you still have all the titles together :-) )

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schiffern · 2016-03-24 · Original thread
If you haven't, I highly recommend A Pattern Language. It's full of fascinating insights into the ways functional design interacts with our lives (and perhaps moreso, how dysfunctional design impedes it).

http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Language-Buildings-Constructio...

jngreenlee · 2015-09-03 · Original thread
I find this one more useful for residential building design, by the same author: http://www.iwritewordsgood.com/apl/set.htm

Available in hardcover on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Language-Buildings-Constructio...

ATWoB is more philosophical, and lest about specific implementation.

APL includes nuggets along these lines: "Therefore: Make a public square much smaller than you would at first imagine; usually no more than 45 to 60 feet across, never more than 70 feet across. This applies only to its width in the short direction. In the long direction it can certainly be longer."

"When they have a choice, people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides, and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty.[...]Therefore: Locate each room so that it has outdoor space outside it on at least two sides, and then place windows in these outdoor walls so that natural light falls into every room from more than one direction."

There are 253 patterns in the book, covering governed regions down to building wall details.

rmah · 2012-02-14 · Original thread
Read "A Pattern Language" by Christopher Alexander. http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Language-Buildings-Constructio...
buro9 · 2011-12-07 · Original thread
For me it's not even a programming book... which is what I felt the people who have answered have artificially limited themselves to.

For me, it's: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0195019199

Pattern Language

It's about architecture, buildings, towns. How to make them work, to serve all the needs of them, and how to allow them to grow.

What is important to me and influenced me heavily is the thinking behind it. All parts of a large system in harmony, well-separated concerns, and working together to achieve a common goal.

In architecture (computer as well as construction), there is also politics. We pour ourselves into these systems, our beliefs come out in their design and implementation.

There was a lot that I learned from that book, and a lot that I still go back and refer to.

GOF took their inspiration here, it's obvious from the structure... perhaps you should see why?

ibrow · 2010-11-08 · Original thread
Looks like a great book - adding it to my wish list. Thanks

(link to book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Language-Buildings-Constructio... )

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