This guide shows how to use the library to carry out research in the field of architecture. The guide includes links to ebooks, articles, journals, databases, images and also support content showing how to use the library's databases to complete your research paper. From here, you can learn to:
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UMass Lowell trains many engineers. It may appear that the concerns of architects and engineers are different, but engineers can be assured of one thing: architects cannot do their jobs without engineers. A good engineer will want to understand the architectural purpose; what is the architects goal? And to build her spectacular skyscraper an architect needs knowledge of aesthetics, materials, space, and good engineers.
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines architecture:
"The characteristics that distinguish a work of architecture from other built structures are
the suitability of the work to use by human beings in general and the adaptability of it to particular human activities,
The room in which you are reading these words is a work of architecture. Architecture is all around us whether we are aware of it or not.
What can buildings from the past tell us? How were resources allocated, and for what purposes, through history? What does this tell us about the historical period in which the building was built? How has technological innovation affected architecture?
These and other questions are part of the study of architecture.