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ID 4772: ID Capstone Pre-Design

Lecture 4:

Precedent Studies

Precedent Study Format


Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Description of Each Site Part 3: Qualitative Analysis of Each Site Part 4: Quantitative Analysis of Each Site Part 5: Summary of Findings Part 6: Conclusion

Selecting Your Precedent Studies


Global perspective, noting regional and cultural differences Examine the operations, design layouts, features, amenities, etc. Send questionnaires to target groups Locate examples of other relevant precedent studies

Precedent Study Documentation


Document the location, size, and interior spaces as well as the exterior Identify what is unique about your example Use visuals List all the amenities Document unique features If a Web site is available, look to see if it has a mission statement If it is a public space, look to see if customers have written reviews

Documenting your Precedent Studies

Part 1: Introduction of Precedent Studies

Completed as an introduction to your group of precedent studies Example:


It is important to look at other cultural museums and analyze what they have to offer. The following is a list of the relevant precedent studies: PS1: Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University PS2: Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center in Peterborough Massachusetts PS3: World Museum of Liverpool, Britain PS4: Museum of World Culture in Sweden PS5: Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Mass.

Part 2: Description of Each Site


Document a written description for each site. Try to discuss the same information from each for consistent data comparison, employing a descriptive written analysis.

Part 2: Description of Each Site


Example of Comparison Chart

Part 2: Description of Each Site


Example of Comparison Chart

Part 3: Qualitative Analysis of Each Site Describe qualitative characteristics


Views Lighting Privacy Functionality Form Finishes Overall feel Etc.

Part 4: Quantitative Analysis of Each Site

List quantitative characteristics Room/space types and quantities Estimated square footages of each room/space Types, quantities and sizes for
Furniture Fixtures Equipment

Specialty items

Part 4: Quantitative Analysis of Each Site


Summary Chart Example

Part 5: Summary of Findings of Each Site


Summarize what you have learned from each site, what you will apply to your project, and what you will include for your programmatic requirements based on the findings of the study

Part 6: Conclusion for Precedent Studies


Conclusion to summarize all studies Example

After studying all four precedents and reviewing both the quantitative and the qualitative table, it has shown the kind of amenities needed to support a well maintained shelter and rehabilitation center. Many things need to go into consideration, and after reviewing all four, MSPCA Angell and North Shore Animal League America have proven to be the best. They have many amenities for dogs, cats, and even small animals. They both offer outdoor recreation and great therapy tools. Not only does the therapy used help the animals in the shelters, but employees and visitors as well. The proposed project will find much inspiration from both animal shelters and remember to follow in similar footsteps as what they have created.

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