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ARCH 501 Kim 2018/2019: Course Guide

In this Guide

This guide will jump start access to your course resources and research tools. Each Tab outlines resources and best practices to assist your research.

In Brief outlines the tutorial and Updates 

will post as the semester progresses.


Highlights for new material will post here. 


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New York Institute of Technology
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In Brief

  1. Research Organization:

Iterative search - Search strategically with flexibility. 
Search Strategically for example,
Keyword: Union Point Boston yields very specific results.  vs.
Keyword: micro grid technology broader term yields overview sources. 
with flexibility. Meaning, swap terms and keywords, click through links in broader search results, use the hypertext in the record. 
Organizing sources - Google Drive File export, Mendeley., GoogleDrive Running List of Sources Template.
Citing for presentation - the best part of OneSearch. Other options are citation engine and KnightCite.

2. Precedent Analysis - Primary vs. Secondary Sources

In Design, Primary Sources are the Drawings, Models, Images and Writings produced for the original design and when that design came about. They are direct evidence of, the architect or designers work. Examples of Primary Sources include the drawing collections such as that of Firmany, Le Corbusier.

- Use databases such as, Architectural Publications Index to find primary sources.

- Include the search terms, "plan" or "drawing"

Secondary Sources:  Interpretations – often generated by scholars, curators or critics – that are based upon the examination of multiple primary sources and interpret or analyze an original work. Use "Avery" for Journal Articles . 

Iterative Search requires the practice of continually questioning and substantiating your findings. 

3. Search the Catalog or WorldCat to get started. 

General information gathering across disciplines, use databases such as,

Academic Search Complete 

Opposing Viewpoints 

GreenFile and

GreenR. - (check out the filters) 

Access Engineering 

4. Demographics, use databases such as 
 Statista and

to build a picture of the Boston Region. 


In Brief

  1. General information gathering on region and the Boston Metro area, potentially focusing on the interest of

Exercise 2: Smart City Precedent Study. 

  1. “But those who cannot, learn, unlearn, and relearn”… as you know this gels so well with iterative search where, students find something, redirect, read something else, piece information together, form new knowledge…

We’ll review tools for organizing research including  Mendeley.

  1. Concerning sources for site analysis, and investigation of the Boston Metro Area, and

Statista for the demographic themes and evidence of those in the region of Union Point.

  1. We’ll address citation tools available for citing and referencing work in Chicago.
  2. Conclude with at least 20 minutes coworking in the library to allow for research and discussion.


Search the Catalog or WorldCat to get started. 

1) General information gathering on Cohousing in US and globally. 

Academic Search Complete Opposing Viewpoints,  and

GreenFile and

GreenR. - (check out the filters) 

Where are these communities forming and the history behind them?

Now, build upon this new understanding of co-housing and identify,
Demographics, value to people who are choosing this type of living, costs, etc. etc.
Let's explore Statista and

Standards for Residential Living

          What types of activities might occur in cohousing and the square footage of spaces?

2) Where and how them might research plans of co-housing environments so they could do analysis of the buildings?

Architecture Databases 

"Avery" for Journal Articles and

Architectural Publications Index for deeper indexing of our print books.



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