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Architecture 170 : A Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism.: Paper Topics

A Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism.

Your Paper Topic

Choose a topic.

Use the ARCHITECTURE 170 BOOK CART in the Environmental Design Library to browse general architecture histories, urban histories, images and plans to find a topic that appeals to you.

Define and deconstruct your topic. Plan your search.

Use the ARCH 170 EXERCISE to develop your topic.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What is unique about St. Paul's Cathedral in London?
  • List the main concepts.
    London; Church Architecture; Architecture, England
  • List key words, phrases and synonyms to search (include people, places, styles, buildings).
    building type = cathedral; church style/time period = 17th century; unique details = dome
    architect = Sir Christopher Wren; name of place = St. Paul's; location = London
  • Remember to include alternate spellings.
    Example: Vatican or Vaticano; Saint or S. or St. or Sainte or Ste.

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