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ARCH 302 Design 4: Architecture Research


This guide offers information about resources and services for architecture on the internet and in the New York Tech Libraries. Please contact the architecture librarian for further assistance.

Focus on,

Precedent Research

- Refer to Architecture & Design databases for information on Buildings and Structures.

Research for Design Projects

- Investigate a Site using Site Analysis tools

- Codes and Standards and GIS for Architecture

Historical Research

- Architectural History

- Investigate Archives and Primary Sources

  • OneSearch is the NYIT catalog, which will connect you to all the materials available to NYIT Students, faculty and Staff. 
  • WorldCat connects you to materials in libraries across the world. Many resources may only be accessed by subscription. Students, faculty, and staff may access these materials off campus using a proxy server. You will need to enter your NYIT username and password.

Architecture and Design Databases

Use these databases to search deep indexing of design journal and monographs.

Click on any link below to open a database. If you are off campus, enter your NYIT ID when prompted. 

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Architecture History - Key Sources


When researching an architectural assignment, look to some general historical sources to gain an understanding of what issues influenced the design. Historic Events, Economic concerns, Social factors, all effect design decisions. 

Find comprehensive information on a specific built work and develop a Precedent Study. Architecture students should have the "Ability to incorporate relevant precedents into architecture and urban design projects." (NAAB student performance criteria 11,Use of Precedents.)

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Architecture & Urban Planning History - Key Sources

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Something About Books. . .

The vast majority of Art, Architecture, and Design knowledge are not available through Google. You may find the book or article online but will need to obtain a physical copy to access all the information. Copyright restrictions protect creators and designers. Not all quality material will be found via the Open Web.

Journals and Books: While art and architecture journals are available to search digitally, often the full text databases such as ArtSource, Avery Index and Architecture Publications Index, and JSTOR, contain only the text and not the high-quality reproductions. 
- Summary based on "Why You Need to Come to Haas Arts Library" by Lindsay King,, accessed 2/16/17.

Design Research

What is Design Research?

'Research that is undertaken by architects (and deisgners) and their collaborators in the course of a project; and

'Research that is done by architects and others, in practice and academia, outside the scope of architectural projects. "
- Royal Institute of British Architects, (2014). Architects and research-based knowledge: A literature review. (pdf)  

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