What you don’t know about architecture, but should

For your architecture research paper, consider combing through architecture databases and Architecture magazine website articles for interesting developments in the field. For example, some good research paper topics could include the activities of Architecture for Humanity, which is providing refugee shelters; the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize for architectural designs; or the social experience of architectural enthusiasm.

Haesley Nine Bridges designed by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. (Credit: JongOh Kim)

A unique piece of architecture includes the Haesley Nine Bridges, designed by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. (Credit: JongOh Kim)

Architects help refugees

With large populations of refugees from natural disasters and political unrest, places like Haiti, Syria and Lagos, Nigeria have sizeable refugee camps. Read more

Monuments Men movie: Art history topic for research paper

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

The recent Monuments Men movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, is remarkably accurate for a Hollywood production. Many of the characters and locations were based on real people and places. For good research paper topics, watch the movie for the basis of the dramatic story, then consult a scholarly article on art preservation, or research some best history books on World War II operations or biographies of real Monuments Men and women. Read more

Research topic on Tim’s Vermeer, the Penn & Teller art documentary about Johannes Vermeer

Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)

Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)

Penn & Teller, the famous magicians, may not be the first names that spring to mind when you think of an art documentary. But their film, Tim’s Vermeer, provides an interesting look into the connection between art and technology as viewed through the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. For your next art or film research paper topic, it’s worth it to watch the film and provide your own synopsis on the documentary.

A synopsis of Tim’s Vermeer

The Tim in Tim’s Vermeer is Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and software developer, who became focused on how artists, particularly 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer, created an interpretation of reality when they painted. Read more

Brainstorm current trends for term paper research topics

Brainstorming.

Brainstorming.

Get a head start on your term paper by browsing websites and news outlets for current trends. To help you decide, here are some sources for research topics and some ideas for term paper subjects, for each field of study.

For more advice on choosing a topic, Cengage Learning’s “Business Resources for Students” says to ask yourself: “Can the subject be properly covered? Consider whether you can adequately explore the subject in the number of pages you are allowed. …You may not have enough information to fill a longer paper if your subject is defined too narrowly.” Read more

So you want to be an architect? Study architecture books and articles on Frank Lloyd Wright, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance architectural styles

Architecture booksIn celebration of 2013’s National Architecture Week, Questia is promoting a portion of its archive devoted to architecture books and articles for undergraduates pursuing architectural studies. Top architects continue to command major media attention and Toyo Ito, a Japanese architect, is no exception having recently been awarded his profession’s top honor, the Pritzer Architecture Prize.

Architecture, which is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings, takes us back to more than 10,000 years to the Neolithic period, or the latter part of the Stone Age. Read more

Research and reference websites for architecture projects and papers

Writing a research paper on any subject begins with general research on your topic. Architecture students who are doing research can successfully conduct their research online with the many research websites related to their chosen subject. The best research sites and reference sites on architecture cover a wide variety of topics within the discipline, providing many ideas for architecture projects and research papers. Read more