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    research, so you can research.

    By Christian Hemrick
    Oct 12, '06 8:53 PM EST

    I found out the hard way...

    Before tackling a building analysis project, make sure you have more than enough information on the site. Then, safeguard that with enough extra to write the same paper in any other class.

    Any research project is always easier with more info. Architecture is a little different. Not only do you need an exorbitant amount of information, you need an incredibly wide range of information- climate, topography, sun-charts, views to, from, and inside the building, plans, sections, elevations, cultural, economical, political...

    Not to sound like I want a cake walk, but there are so many great sites out there to study. I've quickly learned, with three projects under my belt, that most of these have little info available.

    The recommendations/warnings my professors gave, before we selected our buildings, went in one ear and out the other. Being new to the program, my excitement for picking a dynamic design blinded any foresight to the actual research I would have to put into the project.

    Third times a charm. Now that doesn't mean Im giving up on inspiration, or searching for that magical site where an exorbitant amount of information is given on any building ever built. It does mean inspiration will intensify that magical search before any selctions are officially made.

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