their nature - innovations cannot always be "right first
time". However careful you are in planning and testing, there
will always be surprises, as is well known in R&D with its
all-pervasive "Murphy's Laws"4 . That is why scientific
method is based on hypothesis, followed by experimental testing.
Except for the most repetitive projects, every new building is
a hypothesis and its performance in practice is the experiment.
But where are the designer/experimenters? In the distant past,
when technology and user requirements changed slowly, one could
perhaps rely on evolutionary feedback. More recently, one could
perhaps rely on academic study and the test of time. But today,
when things are changing so fast, there is no alternative to learning
on the job.
Bordass, U.K., 2003.
of our long-term goals is to nurture growth
in the knowledge base through case study development,
exposure to methodologies of conducting research,
and practice in critical thinking. Sharing
such building performance information among
practitioners in building design and construction
industries in addition to researchers, faculty,
and students at architecture schools is fundamental
to improving the quality of our built environment.
We project that, through Agents of Change,
over 600 building case studies will be developed
and disseminated on the Web.
to Model Case Studies
web pages offer shared resources and model
case study investigations developed by students
from around the country.
of Oregon Case Study Hall of Fame
of Idaho Case Study Archive
Texas A&M University Case Study Archive
State University Case Study Archive
Case Study Gallery
- Arizona State University
of Change Award Program
Case Study Competition will be developed to
promote exemplar case studies. Given for the
best case studies submitted for review by
the Agents of Change Advisory Committee,
this site will serve as the repository for
these award-winning case studies.
the meantime, if students from your school
are posting case studies to the Web, send
an email with the URL address to Alison Kwok
and we will include links to your Web site.
Berkreley Graduate Student Instructor and students discussing
a field exercise inspired by an AoC Workshop