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Toward a New Architecture of Humanism By Serge Chermayeff and Christopher Alexander Doubleday Anchor, 1963. 255 pages.

In a carefully studied and detailed analysis, Chermayeff and Alexander propose a new kind of urban order, structured to provide clearly-articulated domains within which various human needs can be fulfilled without interference or conflict with other activities. Their hierarchy of spaces and realms extends from the largest aspect of public urban life to the smallest of individual solitude and is designed to create a rational order of physical relationships based on human qualities…

This book deserves close study because it analyses human needs and makes them crystal clear.—Jan White, House and Home Magazine
Using a computer to simplify and structure their numerous requirements for a dwelling, the authors have evolved a series of experimental cluster plans that are fascinating in their implications for livability.—Frederick Gutheim, The Nation

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