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This research guide provides tools and techniques to complete research assignments in the School of Architecture.
At Woodbury Library there are several platforms that you may use to access eooks. Most of these are listed below. Woodbury Library currently provides access to tens of thousands of eBooks and is regularly adding more. Typically you will access an eBook as a result of a search of the Woodbury Library Catalog, but you may also connect to the eBook platform directly and search and/or browse. For more information on access, see our eBooks Research Guide.
Databases and eBook platforms available for you at Woodbury are:
The Experience of Architecture by PlummerHow does the experience of turning a door handle, opening a door from one space into another, affect us? It is no wonder that the door, one of the most elemental architectural forms, has such metaphorical richness. But even on a purely physical human level, the cold touch of a brass handle or the swish of a sliding screen gives rise to an emotional reaction, sometimes modest, occasionally profound.This book aims to understand how these everyday acts are influenced by architectural form, a concept that is vital for all architects to grasp. It considers how specifically built elements and volumes, taken from a wide array of buildings and settings around the world, can affect our powers of decision. From hand-carved stairs in Greek villages to free-floating catwalks, from the elegant processional steps of Renaissance Italy to Frank Lloyd Wright's masterly manipulation of form, all provide very different experiences of stepping from one level to the next, and all affect our experience of that space.Seamlessly integrating text and image, each chapter focuses on a different aspect of our daily interactions with architecture, looking at stairs, floors and paths, moving interior spaces, perception and perspective, transparency and the relationship between a building and its setting. This book is not just for architects and designers engaged in the production of space, but for all those who seek a richer understanding of their place in the built world.
Featured Resources for Architecture/Interior Architecture Research at WU
These resources are commonly used by Woodbury architecture students and faculty, and have been placed on the home page of this guide for your convenience. They are also found, along with many other useful resources on the various tabbed pages of this guide, which you are encouraged to explore.
"The Avery" will help you navigate to magazine and journal articles on specific built works, materials, processes, architects, styles, and more. The descriptions of articles in the database include a precise listing of image types to be found within the articles, and the "physical description" limiter enables the user to limit the search to articles containing particular types of architectural images.
ARSTOR contains more than one million high-resolution images, including photographs and plans, sections, and other architectural drawings of built works. Includes thousands of architectural images from the Avery Library at Columbia University.
Use the WU Library catalog to locate thousands of books, ebooks and videos on specific buildings, architects, built works, materials, processes, and much more. Many of the books and ebooks in the WU Library collection contain diagrams, plans, details, and other architectural images.