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Landscape Architecture 171 - The American Designed Landscape Since 1850 is a strategic and bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources for UCB students taking LA 171.

Introduction

Landscape Architecture 171 - The American Designed Landscape Since 1850 is a strategic and bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources for UCB students taking LA 171. Here you'll find research techniques and sources for yoursite study. For additional assistance, please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

Deconstruct

DECONSTRUCT your topic to uncover its complexities, to focus your research, and to increase your search vocabulary (for example, the more ways you have of describing and thinking about your site, the more likely you are to find a plan or section). Another term for deconstructing a research question is 'concept mapping;' see the Rhode Island School of Design Library's excellent slide show, Concept Mapping, for a visual tutorial. Add to your 'deconstruction notes' as you learn more about your site.

Do your best to answer these questions. Remember to include alternative spellings.

  • Example: Olmsted or Olmstead; parc or park or parque; Nationsbank or Nations Bank or National Bank
  • Write down the name of your site. 
    Example: Golden Gate Park
  • Ask the 6 journalist's questions about your chosen site: Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Why?, How? 
    Example: 
    Who designed it? / Who built it? / Who paid for it? / Who were the intended users? 
    What kind of park is it? / What were the design constraints? 
    Where is it located? (city, state, neighborhood, country) 
    When was it built? (date completed, century) 
    Why was it designed? 
    How did the city approve the project?
  • Pay attention to the questions you can't answer about your site. Look for for the answers in the specialized reference sources in the following section.
  • For additional ways to explore the concepts and social factors influencing your site, see Finding Information on Buildings and Places.

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