GUIDELINES TO CHOOSING RELEVANT CASE STUDIES IN ARCHITECTURE
By Hope Eboh.
A case study is the thorough investigation, appraisal and documentation of a “case” which is similar to your topic of design or your own case.
While not restricted to architecture, carrying out case studies is one of the main forms of research for architects.
In architecture, case studies may involve a section of a building, or the entire building, or even a whole community. These are investigated thoroughly and such aspects as environment, climate, user behaviour, form and function, structure, building materials, services, landscape and site planning as well as the socio-economic profile of the user group, host community and its relationship and interaction with its environment are analyzed with the aim of understanding the various aspects of one’s design, and the factors to consider while designing.