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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
The Dissertation is one of the most demanding yet potentially most stimulating components of an architectural course. Properly done, it can be a valuable contribution not only to the students own learning development but also to the field of architecture as a whole. This book provides a complete guide to what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and the major pitfalls involved. This is a comprehensive guide to all that an architecture student might need to know about undertaking the dissertation, including new material on CD-ROM and online sources, web based research techniques, digital images, alternative imaging strategies, key architecture links, referencing and new dissertation extracts. It clearly navigates the student through the whole process of writing, preparing and submitting a dissertation, as well as suggesting what to do after the dissertation has been completed. Subjects covered include how to write a proposal, which research methodologies and techniques to adopt, which libraries and archives to utilize (including special architectural resources on the net), as well as how to structure, reference and illustrate the final submission. The authors also take architecture students into new terrain, suggesting alternative methods of undertaking dissertations, whether as video, prose writing, multimedia or other forms of expression. Furthermore, this guide includes new examples of exemplary dissertations of all kinds, as completed by students in Europe and North America so that the reader can clearly see the kinds of work which they themselves might choose to pursue. Also in the Seriously Useful Guides Series: * The Crit * The The Portfolio * Practical Experience
Previous edition: 2000.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Introduction : Why write a dissertation? ; The handbook -- 2. Starting : What is a dissertation? ; Selecting a dissertation subject ; Assessing a dissertation subject ; Choosing and working with a supervisor ; Writing a proposal -- 3. Researching : What is research? ; Historical and critical methodology ; Research techniques ; Libraries and archives ; The internet -- 4. Preparing : Structuring a dissertation ; Working methods ; Illustrations ; Referencing ; Bibliographies ; Plagiarism ; Submitting a draft ; Word-processing ; Alternative dissertations -- 5. Presenting : General presentation ; Illustrations ; Computer software ; Assessment criteria ; Oral examinations -- 6. Afterwards : Further research and study ; Publications ; Troubleshooting -- 7. Dissertation excerpts : The Barber-Surgeons' anatomy theatre / Susannah Bach -- Interrogating the Indian condition: some problems with the frameworks of architect Charles Correa / Megha Chand -- The production of the city as a white space: representing and restructuring identity and architecture, Cape Town, 1892-1936 (Ph. D.) / Nic Coetzer -- Investigation of a traders' route: analysis of the street edge which informs public space, with reference to the Indian city of Jaipur, Isfahan in Iran and Harare, Zimbabwe / Katherine Ewing -- A society in transition: the social and spatial production of the aged identity in the changing landscapes of care environments / Alvin Foo Tze Yang -- The architecture of omniscience: codes, grafts, and the representation of the work of Michael Sorkin / Alexander Franklin -- The museum of the museum / Paul Gardiner -- Word-robe: an investigation of the cupboard (as prompted by Lucy) / Olivia Gordon -- The blooming d'or / Robert Holford -- The charterhouse of Parkminster / Michael Levey -- Drawing on chance: indeterminacy, perception and design (Ph. D. by architectural design) / Yeoryia Manolopoulou -- This dream upon the water: the representation of a city in literature: Venice / Anna Radcliffe -- A speculative investigation into the sacred and aesthetic principles of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's Architecture, with particular reference to St. Vincent Street Church / E.J. Taylor -- I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown: an essay in unsymbolisation / Huw Williams.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- 1 Introduction: Why Write a Dissertation?
- The Handbook
- 2 Starting
- What is a Dissertation?
- Selecting a Dissertation Subject
- Assessing a Dissertation Subject
- Choosing and Working with a Supervisor
- Writing a Proposal
- 3 Researching
- What is Research?
- Historical and Critical Methodology
- Research Techniques
- Libraries and Archives
- The Internet
- 4 Preparing
- Structuring a Dissertation
- Working Methods
- Submitting a Draft
- Alternative Dissertations
- 5 Presenting
- General Presentation
- Computer Software
- Assessment Criteria
- Oral Examinations
- 6 Afterwards
- Further Research and Study
- 7 Dissertation Excerpts
Author notes provided by SyndeticsDirector of Architectural History and Theory; Reader in Architecture and Urban Culture, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and judge for the President's Medals dissertation prizes, RIBA.
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