The Structure of the Ordinary: Form and Control in the Built Environment by N.J. Habraken & Jonthan Teicher
4to. pp. xxi, 359. b/w illustrations. bibliography. index. hardcover. dw. (very good- upper portion of board binding sunned, dust wrapper bit scuffed with crease and a short tear to cover, previous owner's inscription & date on ffep, some spotting to top of text block). Cambridge: The MIT Press, .
ISBN-10: 0262082608 / ISBN-13: 9780262082600
Historically, "ordinary" environment was the background against which architects built the "extraordinary." Drawing upon extensive examples from archaeological and contemporary sites worldwide, the author illustrates profound recent shifts in the structure of everyday environment. One effect of these transformations, Habraken argues, has been the loss of implicit common understanding that previously enabled architects to formally enhance and innovate while still maintaining environmental coherence. Consequently, architects must now undertake a study of the ordinary as the fertile common ground in which form- and place-making are rooted. In focusing on built environment as an autonomous entity distinct from the societies and natural environments that jointly create it, this book lays the foundation for a new dialogue on methodology and pedagogy, in support of a more informed approach to professional intervention.