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You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction. After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment, and this book, A Pattern Language. At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people. At the core of the books, too, is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain "languages," which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a forma system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. "Patterns," the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.
You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction. After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment, and this book, A Pattern Language. At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people. At the core of the books, too, is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain "languages," which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a forma system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. "Patterns," the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.
The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it. Brit Chris Alexander chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva - a remote desert oasis in Uzbekistan - immensely alluring, and stayed. Immersing himself in the language and rich cultural traditions Alexander discovers a world torn between Marx and Mohammed - a place where veils and vodka, pork and polygamy freely mingle - against a backdrop of forgotten carpet designs, crumbling but magnificent Islamic architecture and scenes drawn straight from "The Arabian Nights". Accompanied by a large green parrot, a ginger cat and his adoptive Uzbek family, Alexander recounts his efforts to rediscover the lost art of traditional weaving and dyeing, and the process establishing a self-sufficient carpet workshop, employing local women and disabled people to train as apprentices. "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Northern Afghanistan, bluffing his way through an impromptu version of "My Heart Will Go On" for national Uzbek TV and seeking sanctuary as an anti-Western riot consumed the Kabul carpet bazaar. It is an unforgettable true travel story of a journey to the heart of the unknown and the unexpected friendship one man found there.
The first edition of Tunisia was released just nine months before the eruption of the Arab Spring. The most substantial period of political unrest felt by the Arab world in a half century originated in Tunisia, a fact that confounded expectations about Tunisian politics. This new edition builds upon the first edition’s overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development to examine how one of the region’s hardiest authoritarian orders was toppled by a loosely organised protest wave.

Providing the most up-to-date introduction to Tunisia’s post-independence and post-Arab Spring politics, concisely written chapters cover topics such as:

state formation

domestic politics

economic development

foreign relations

colonialism

the Arab Spring; its factors and repercussions

Key to this new edition is the examination of Tunisian history, politics and society alongside the subsequent upheaval following the outbreak of revolts in December 2010. It looks at how political and economic changes after 2001, including economic deterioration and rising inequality and corruption, had already begun to erode bases of Ben Ali’s government, and explores why Tunisia is the sole Arab Spring country to construct a democracy thus far, and the challenges that this new democracy still faces.

An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region.

Christopher Burford may be the most gifted intuitive, psychic, medium, and viewer on the planet today. He has been a beautiful guiding light in my life and my students lives. And now I am excited that he put his teaching and experiences into a book so people can open the doorway to their natural gifts and live in the presence of self-love and mastery. I believe that this book will truly help people to manifest their destiny and be cocreators of harmony! Kimmie Rose Morgan Chris is genuine; with his superior abilities and limitless wisdom he could change the way world leaders lead our world. Chris shows us the possibility of how we can transform, heal and live in the world today. Beth Lynch, medium The books simple structure and straightforward delivery conveys spiritual concepts in a visual way. Step-by-step exercises for meditation, healing, and visualization are included throughout. ...The books goal is to reconnect practitioners to their original gifts; it is a helpful guide to making necessary changes, one step at a time. CLARION An ...easy-to-read manual... a varied potpourri of metaphysical teachings. KIRKUS While a book focused on developing a skill could read like a drab textbook, Burford makes things colorful by providing personal anecdotes. BLUEINK Christopher Alexander Burford believes we are all born with innate abilities that society grooms out of us as we age. The good news is that we can learn to control our energy fields just as we control our hands. In a comprehensive guidebook of personal stories and teachings, Christopher leads others to open the doorway to their natural gifts and relearn the basics of controlling energy fields in order to drastically increase personal power, expand knowledge, and develop any skill imaginable. Through an insightful roadmap that incorporates his diverse energy experiences with clear explanations of chakras, auras, and crystals, The Intuitive in You shares anecdotes, activities, and seasoned guidance from a trusted healer, intuitive, and psychic that encourages anyone to relearn how to control their energy fields to achieve a better understanding of themselves.
Nearly 3 years have passed since Christopher Alexander Berg released his award winning book, "Psalms of the Pharaoh." A book that some believe can never be topped. The emotion, intensity and delivery of content made "Psalms" a true masterpiece in the eyes of many. So then came the question. "Can Berg do it again?"
Well, without any hesitation, YES "XXX" is a work of absolute genius. The words are powerful, magnetic and very well placed. Each poem has a life of its own, making this a very hard book to put down. Each sentence is systematically crafted to run circles around your brain.
"XXX" will leave your mind in a hundred different places all at the same time. You will be speechless, shocked, breathless and even in fear once your eyes run across some of the things written in this book.
This is a true eye opener that really leaves one to wonder if a human being actually even wrote this. In "Psalms of the Pharaoh," Berg gave you a piece of his heart. In "XXX," Berg gives you a piece of everything
It's dark, extreme and beyond anything you have ever seen. All in all this book can be summed up in one word... outstanding

About the Author
Christopher Alexander Berg began writing in his early teens, mainly as a form of self therapy. Through time, his writing became much more than a psychiatric reflection of one's self, and more of a life support system whenever he felt suicidal. Trading blood for ink, his war began... a personal war that targeted the world and everybody in it. It has been said that Berg "bleeds through his pen," but let's not forget how much he writes from his heart. Sometimes prophetic, sometimes sadistic... Berg indeed proves there's a fine line between genius and insanity... but where Berg is on this line, no one really knows.

The first edition of Tunisia was released just nine months before the eruption of the Arab Spring. The most substantial period of political unrest felt by the Arab world in a half century originated in Tunisia, a fact that confounded expectations about Tunisian politics. This new edition builds upon the first edition’s overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development to examine how one of the region’s hardiest authoritarian orders was toppled by a loosely organised protest wave.

Providing the most up-to-date introduction to Tunisia’s post-independence and post-Arab Spring politics, concisely written chapters cover topics such as:

state formation

domestic politics

economic development

foreign relations

colonialism

the Arab Spring; its factors and repercussions

Key to this new edition is the examination of Tunisian history, politics and society alongside the subsequent upheaval following the outbreak of revolts in December 2010. It looks at how political and economic changes after 2001, including economic deterioration and rising inequality and corruption, had already begun to erode bases of Ben Ali’s government, and explores why Tunisia is the sole Arab Spring country to construct a democracy thus far, and the challenges that this new democracy still faces.

An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region.

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