Librarian prepared subject guides are recommended as basic sources that direct you to the core resources of that discipline. By becoming introduced to the literature one can then navigate accordingly through historical and forthcoming resources.
According to an article by Akadiri, Chinyio and Olomolaiye, Design of a Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector (2012), they identify sustainable building issues as responsive to economic, environmental and social sustainability challenges and pressures.
There are many resources and finding aids that will make this research process exciting and rewarding. You will concentrate on the archival resources that bring to life a culture of your choice to support the traditional or vernacular mechanisms related to either 1) energy conscious or 2) sustainable design. You will design a culturally appropriate physical setting for the culture studied, in this case referencing Japan. You may want to incorporate drawings, perspectives, pictures, photos, words, collage, models The following resources are divided into several sections:
Remember that there is a 3D printing station at the MRC/Science Library where you can have small plastic objects printed.
The following subject headings will be helpful in identifying appropriate materials when search for books, book chapters in Library Search:
Aesthetics - Japanese
Architectural design - Japan
Architecture - Japan
Architecture - Japan - History - 20th century
Architecture, Domestic - Japan
Architecture, Shoin - Japan (Feudal)
Art, Japanese - Philosophy
Castles - Japan
Design - Japan
Environmentalism - Asia
Gardens - Japan - History - 19th century
Gardens - Japan - History - 20th century
Green movement - Asia
Interior architecture - Japan - 21st century
Interior decoration - Japan - 21st century
Older people - Dwellings
Sustainable urban development
Vernacular architecture - Japan
The call numbers associated with the books are defined by the Library of Congress and materials on a certain subject area are usually together and can be browsed in these areas in the Langson Library, from which you can borrow the books. Other books are available as eBooks and can be read online (use the VPN).
BH 39 - Philosophy
BH 221 - Aesthetics & "Sense of Beauty"
NA 1550-1555 - Japanese architecture
SB 63 - landscape architecture; gardens
FINDING BOOKS and EBOOKS: Regardless of the format in print or eBooks, you will search Library Holdings in Catalogs such as those mentioned in the previous box that notes the Online Public Access Catalogs (opacs) and by collections, and by individual titles or authors to locate specific books. Some collections are publisher specific and are noted below.
Some examples that may work and can be refined by specific countries include: City planning - Cross cultural studies, Cultural policy, Cultural pluralism, Cultural diversity, Cultural relations, Globalization, Social policy - Cross cultural studies
E-Books - as noted there are an increasing number of eBooks to which you have access and most can be read, downloaded and copied at the chapter level. They are all listed in ANTPAC and MELVYL and by individual title and by series. There are many collections of such resources and some of the collections can be searched collectively:
CRCnetBASE - a large collection of Engineering and related books published by the CRC Press and now part of the Taylor & Francis Group. There are many titles in different subject areas - specifically EngnetBASE and within that part of the database are included books on Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical Engineering.
Knovel - a very large database of books in engineering, chemistry and materials science, sustainability energy & development, including many reference works published by a variety of publishers.
National Academies Press - Output of the National Academies of Science & Engineering of commissioned research reports and books.
Wiley books are also listed in Antpac and the ebooks are on the Wiley Online Library platform
Many of these finding aids contain the UC eLink icon to match UCI holdings with indexed content. Clicking through this will allow you to gain access to online fulltext articles if available, as well as provide print holdings data.