RESEARCH GUIDE: CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
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Each issue focuses on a different building type, both commercial and residential, and includes case studies with photographs, plans and elevations
Each issue focuses on a different sector of commercial design and includes case studies with photographs, plans and elevations
by Sergi Costa Duran and Julio Fajardo Herrero
Features a wide range of commercial, institutional and residential architecture, landscape and urban planning projects around the world
by Peter Buchanan
Presents case studies of ten buildings that combine sustainability with design excellence
Each year, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) selects 10 projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainability and produce in-depth case studies, including photographs and plans. This website lets you search for AIA COTE Top Ten award-winning projects by project type (residential, hospitality, etc.), climate zone, location, site context (urban, suburban or rural), square footage, and award year.
Provides case studies of a wide range of new construction and renovation projects, ranging from single-family homes to large commercial and institutional buildings
Provides case studies of the nearly 100 LEED Certified buildings on the Harvard University campus, including office and classroom buildings, research laboratories, student residence halls, student centers, and more
Case studies of LEED-certified buildings owned or leased by the U.S. federal government, including courthouses and office buildings
Case studies of LBC-certified buildings, but without floor plans
Case studies of sustainable design projects, from BRIK (Building Research Information Knowledgebase), a collaborative effort of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to provide online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign, design, and construction through occupancy and reuse
The front of each board must be labeled with the name of the student(s) and with the year and semester completed
Each board should measure 16 x 20 inches, 20 x 30 inches, or 24 x 36 inches
by Maureen Mitton
Provides quick guidance on preparing sketches, renderings, plans, models, presentation boards, materials boards, and slideshows for design presentations
When your instructor doesn’t care how you cite as long as you do cite, make sure to include the information someone would need to find your source on their own. A citation for a case study might look like this:
“The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building” case study. AIA Top Ten. http://www.aiatopten.org/node/494.
Cite It Where You Use It
Every time you use a quotation, a piece of information, or an image from another source, cite the source right where you use it, whether it’s on your project board or in your paper, job book or presentation.
Include enough information to allow your audience to figure out which source (from your complete list at the end) you’re citing. For example, if you use the case study in the example above, the citation on your board or presentation slide might be “Edith Green”.
Check out this tutorial on Citing Sources Informally for more guidelines and examples to informally cite every source you use - whether it’s a book, magazine, website, blog or video - and avoid plagiarism.
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