Case Study Strategies for Architects and Designers explains methods in evidence-based design, also called practice-based research, to show you the value of research to your designs. Topics covered pertain to data collection and analysis techniques, including surveys, interviews, fieldwork, participatory design, occupancy evaluations, and memory sketching. Integrative data evaluation, theoretical sampling, triangulation, pattern matching logic, and analytical generalization are also discussed. Global research precedents, exercises, further reading, section summaries, sidebars, more than 30 black and white images and tables will help you conduct empirical inquiries in real-life contexts.
Marja Sarvimaki is an Associate Professor at the Bond University's Abedian School of Architecture in Gold Coast, Australia. Previously she taught architectural history-theory at the University of Hawaii. She is born in Helsinki, Finland, and earned her M. Arch and PhD at the Helsinki University of Technology (current Aalto University, Department of Architecture).
Introduction. Chapter 1: The Interdisciplinary Realm. Box 1.1: "What is interdisciplinary research?". Box 1.2 "Korean architecture's first appearance in the West". Box 1.3 "Research-based design of an elementary school". Box 1.4 "A case study". Box 1.5 "ANTi-History". Box 1.6 "Paradigm". Box 1.7 "A literature review". Box 1.8 "A good literature review". Box 1.9 "Research design". Chapter 2: Quantitative vs. qualitative strategies. Box 2.1 "Imagining Islais Creek: integrating ecological and human health in San Francisco, CA". Box 2.2 "Testing Photovoice for heritage-based tourism sites". Box 2.3 "Defining the spirit of place of Bhaktapur, Nepal". Box 2.4 "Memory sketch as a tool for place-making: creating sense of place in school environments". Box 2.5 "Basic principles of questionnaires". Chapter 3: Integrative data evaluation. Box 3.1 "Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. and the Boston Architectural College". Box 3.2 "BIM-based building performance analysis in architectural practice: using data to drive sustainable design strategies". Box 3.3 "Reverse architecting: the Eames house & studio". Box 3.4 "Digital Fabrication as Practice: Tangible Speculation into Ways of Making and Representing Architecture". Recommended further reading. Conclusions. Bibliography. Contributors. Index.