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Architecture 110: Social and Cultural Factors in Environmental Design: Getting Started

A strategic bibliographic guide for UC Berkeley students (in particular, students in Architecture 110/210 and Landscape Architecture 140) researching social, cultural, and psychological factors in environmental design.

Introduction

Social & Cultural Factors in Environmental Design is a strategic bibliographic guide for UC Berkeley students (in particular, students in Architecture 110/210 and Landscape Architecture 140) researching social, cultural, and psychological factors in environmental design. The guide emphasizes resources pertaining to the San Francisco Bay Area and California. For a broader view of the U.S., see American Cultural Landscapes. For additional assistance please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

Quick Facts

Here is a selection of specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias for factual background information on your topic.

  • Atlas of vernacular architecture of the world / Marcel Vellinga, Paul Oliver and Alexander Bridge. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2007.
  • Encyclopedia of community: from the village to the virtual world / Karen Christensen & David Levinson, general eds. 4 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003. Comprised of well-written signed articles on diverse topics, including community gardening, housing, immigrant communities, and recreation.
  • Encyclopedia of cultural anthropology, David Levinson, Melvyn Ember, eds. NY: Henry and Holt, 1996.
  • Encyclopedia of gardens: history and design, Chicago Botanic Garden. Candice A. Shoemaker, ed. 3 vols. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Excellent source for landscape design history. Substantive signed articles are illustrated; each includes a brief bibliography.
  • Encyclopedia of multiculturalism, Susan Auerbach, ed. NY: Marshall Cavendish, 1994.
  • Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world, Paul Oliver, ed. NY: Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1997. 3 vol. Excellent bibliographies.
  • International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (IESBS) via ScienceDirect - UCB Only Updated 2004. Contains more than 3,800 articles spread over 99 subject areas. Links from references to full-text articles and browsable indexes makes this work a key research tool.
  • Oxford art online - UCB Only Includes the online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art (Grove Art Online), as well as other art reference sources. Contains articles on every aspect of the visual arts including architecture and landscape architecture. Features a search for images only.
  • The Oxford companion to the garden / edited by Patrick Taylor. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. 
  • Oxford reference online - Art and architecture - UCB Only Access to more than 10 architecture, art, and landscape architecture dictionaries and encyclopedias published by Oxford University Press, for example, A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and The Oxford Companion to the Garden. Search sources collectively or search within an individual title.

  • Oxford reference online - Politics and social sciences - UCB Only Access to more than 20 Oxford University encyclopedias and dictionaries in the social sciences, for example, A Dictionary of PsychologyDictionary of the Social Sciences, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Search sources collectively or search within an individual title.

Topical Bibliographies

Specialized bibliographies can help you find publications on your topic. Also look for bibliographies in books as well as in journal and encyclopedia articles.

Background Readings

Here is a brief selection of books and articles that talk about application of social science research methodologies to design.

Contact Information

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Research Guides

Here is a selected list of environmental design research guides to UC Berkeley library and web resources. See also Environmental Design Library Research Guides for a complete list of subject guides and other useful research tools.

Topical research guides:

Libraries

See the guide Finding Local Environmental Design Information for selected links to California and San Francisco Bay Area public libraries.

UC Berkeley campus libraries.

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