Research methods for architecture / Ray Lucas.

Lucas, Ray (Professor of architecture) [Browse]
London : Laurence King Publishing, 2016.
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm


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While fundamentally a design discipline, architectural education requires an element of history and theory, grouped under the term 'research'. However, many students struggle with this part of their course. This practical handbook provides the necessary grounding in this subject, addressing essential questions about what research in architecture can be. The first part of the book is a general guide to the fundamentals of how to do research, from assembling a literature review to conducting an interview. The second section presents a selection of case studies dealing with such topics as environmental psychology, the politics of space, ethnographic research and mapping.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-203) and index.
Introduction : What is architectural research? : The etic and the emic ; Depth and focus as a variable ; Context: methodology: theory ; Thesis: antithesis: synthesis ; Architectural history (not history of architecture) ; Architectural social sciences (not social science of architecture) ; Architectural philosophy (not philosophy of architecture) -- Part 1. Fundamentals of architectural research : Defining your research question ; What do you want to find out? ; Defining your terms ; Framing a research question ; Exercises for developing a research question -- Defining your research methodology : How can you find something out? ; Conventional research methodologies ; Validating your approach ; Reflective practitioners and practice-based research -- Building your literature review : Establishing your field ; Finding relevant works ; Archival research ; Evaluating sources ; How to review a text -- Cross-disciplinary working : Defining your discipline ; Identifying cross-disciplinary texts or partners ; Finding common ground and a common language ; Practicalities of cross-disciplinary work ; Collaboration: frameworks and practicalities -- Conducting and documenting fieldwork : What is the field? ; Preparing for fieldwork ; Documentation: field notes and sketchbooks ; Recording media: photography, video, audio ; Analyzing your fieldwork -- Conducting interviews and communication ; Who should you interview? ; Types of interview ; Recording and transcription ; Analyzing your interviews -- Writing up : Knowing your audience ; Your duty to the reader: structuring your writing -- Part 2. Practical applications and case studies : Material culture : The commodity status of things ; Entanglements of people and things ; Stuff as cultural indicator ; Case study : The cart at assemblage -- Environmental psychology : James Gibson and alternative approaches to space ; People-environment studies ; Case study: `Inflecting space' -- Architectural histories : Historiography of architecture: historians and their histories ; Case study: The architectural manifesto -- The politics of space : Politics and the language of architecture ; The right to the city ; Society of the spectacle ; Case study: `Cultures of legibility' -- Philosophy, phenomenology and the experience of space : Applications of philosophy to architecture ; Linguistic analogies in architecture ; Dwelling and being-in-space ; Case study: Sensory notation -- Ethnographic research : Conducting ethnographic research ; Writing culture ; Using ethnographic research by others ; Case study: Ethnographies of creative practice: experiment or ethnography? -- Drawing, diagrams and maps : A practice native to architecture ; The sketchbook as a storeroom for ideas ; Case study: `Getting Lost in Tokyo' -- Conclusion: Theory and practice -- Glossary.
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