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DSGN 302 - Interior Environments - Barr Spring 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 practice. 

Architecture Research

Art and Design Research

Visual Resources

Research & Writing

Research Objectives outlines the tutorial and Updates includes additional res.ources


Research Objectives

1. Organizing Information. Can be as basic as a google doc.

2. Citations. Give credit to the original ideas of others through proper attribution and citation;

- Respect the style guide.

- Pull citations from the database as you go. 

3. Search tools: OneSearch; WorldCat

4. Expect to jump between the books, journals, the web and back again.

5. Keywords to remember. "plan" "photographs" "detail" "section" "diagram"

6. Identify Key Access points, Project Name, Location, Architect and Designer Names, Manufacturer.

7. Information Has Value. - As a designer, consider the value of the skills, time and effort needed to produce knowledge. You are a contributor as well as a consumer of knowledge. 


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.



Organizing Your Research

Start this process right away, think of it as a habit as frequent as saving a document.

You can be as simple as a Google Doc, dive into a Citation Management Tool like Zotero. 

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