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Environmental Design, Architecture & Planning: Precedents & Cases

Search Books

When searching for books, keep in mind most buildings won't have a book about them, instead search for the architect/studio. You can also find books on historical or vernacular architecture of an area for example search broadly for African architecture or Indonesian architecture.

Search Articles

When searching articles use the title of the project (beware of alternate building names!). However, if you want peer-reviewed scholarly articles, you will need to search by bigger ideas or themes, as there are probably not scholarly articles about specific buildings:


Newspapers will report on projects often from the initial proposal or competition, through construction, as well as post-occupancy issues. Since newspapers are more likely to cover local project important to their community. They will report on controversies, problems, or debate related to project especially.

Online Databases for Images & Plans

Vernacular Architecture

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