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Environmental Design

(includes Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Building Science, Environmental design, Environmental Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Visual Studies/Photography)

David Eifler

Scope of Collection
The Environmental Design Library collects at the research level in almost every aspect of our subjects. We collect globally, with comprehensive coverage of the San Francisco Bay Area and strength in other places in California and for California as a whole. A secondary geographic focus is the Pacific Rim. We collect in both the professional practice and history/theory of each discipline listed above.

The collection serves the College of Environmental Design: Dept. of Architecture; Dept. of City and Regional Planning; Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning; Center for Environmental Design Research; Institute for Urban and Regional Development.

Architecture strengths include history, theory and practice; building science; green design and sustainable architecture; vernacular architecture; social factors in design; architecture in developing countries; and design methods and processes.

Strengths in city planning are history, theory and practice; land use planning; comprehensive plans from the San Francisco Bay Area; regional and economic development; community development; international city and regional planning; and housing policy.

The landscape architecture collection strengths include history, theory and practice; environmental planning and policy; landscape ecology and restoration; landscape plants; community participation in landscape design; and geographic information systems. The landscape collection is comprehensive and is noted for its 19th century journals.

We also collect academic and professional materials in urban design.

Special Collections
A rare book collection of more than 3,500 volumes houses early treatises, limited editions, materials with original reproductions or fine bindings, and artists' books, and materials from the libraries of important San Francisco Bay Area architects, landscape architects and planners, such as John Galen Howard, Beatrix Farrand, Frederick Law Olmsted and F.L. Olmsted, Jr., Greene and Greene, and William Charles Hays, among others.

We also have a strong collection of California house plan and pattern books from the 1890s to the 1950s. Beatrix Farrand's Reef Point Gardens Library on the history of gardens and landscape architecture from the 17th through the 19th centuries forms the core of the collection.

Primary Languages and Formats
Emphasis on English and Western European languages, but we collect in all languages, especially for history and theory, and especially if material is illustrated with drawings and/or plans. Technical materials are almost entirely limited to English. We collect in almost all formats, including electronic resources, CDs; video and DVDs (which are held at the Media Resources Center). We collect maps, plans, games, artists' books, and ephemera very selectively. We do not collect individual drawings.

Related Collections
Environmental Design has subject affinities and occasional overlaps with:

Complementary affiliated libraries on campus include:

In the Bay Area the only other related libraries are California College of Arts, Stanford University Art Library (non-circulating), and San Francisco State University's and Stanford's urban studies collections. Within the UC system, Los Angeles has the only other Architecture program, Davis the only other Landscape Architecture, and Irvine and Los Angeles the other Planning programs.

For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see the Environmental Design Library.

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