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Art & Architecture

Architecture Research 

When researching a building, architectural form, construction method, or concept, start by structuring your research question into the following terms: 
  • Building Name 
  • Architect and/or Firm's Name
  • Building Type
  • Style
  • Construction Methods
  • Location
  • Date 

Architectural Precedents

Architectural precedents are the study of existing buildings or projects. Precedents can be useful references, examples of how to solve a problem or inspiration for new designs!
Architecture precedents are usually chosen for their quality of architecture and innovation. By studying and analyzing these precedents, architects gain valuable insights into principles, strategies, and ideas that shape the built environment. 

Benjamin Dombar & Associates (American architectural firm, contemporary) architect. Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Steven M. Leiter; Perspective.

August Hermes & Sons inc.. Grady Realty; Floor plans and Elevations.

72-80 C.E.. Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) [L] section; [R] elevation.

Gaetano Pesce, (Artist), Italian, born 1939. Drawing date: 1974-77, Project date: 1974-77. Chiesa per l'isolamento, project New York (Manhattan), New York Longitudinal section. Architectural Drawings. Place: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.).

Zaha Hadid, (Artist), British, born Iraq, 1950. Drawing date: 1982-83, Project date: 1982-83. Parc de la Villette, project Paris, France Car Park. Architectural Drawings. Place: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.).

Alexander, James.  architect. June 6, 1969. Mr. and Mrs. James M. Alexander Jr. Residence; East and North Elevations.

Check out ARTSOR Digital Library Collection for more images! 

The Cooper Union Library's architecture periodical collection is available for browsing on the mezzanine. Check-in with the circulation desk for assistance on the spiral staircase!

When searching the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, refer to the library's catalog for the holdings in the Cooper Union Library.

Architecture Research Databases

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