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Subject Policy Statement - ARCHITECTURE


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seeks to support research and teaching in all aspects of architecture, urban design and planning, architectural conservation, fine arts and architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, interior design, and environmental studies, where related to architecture. Programs and courses include undergraduate and postgraduate (by coursework or research) courses up to Ph.D. and an informal service programme "Career Discovery" to promote an interface between the Department of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong and the community. Research focuses on building energy efficiency research, green architecture, sustainable design in the built environment, architecture in Hong Kong, megacities research, photovoltaics, rapid prototyping, schools building integrated photovoltaics, the virtual design studio , the virtual environment design studio and three dimensional scanning.

Areas of established specialization are the classic works of architecture from the earliest imprints to the present. The collection is particularly strong in European and Asian architectural literature.

The Collection supports the needs of undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, and many visiting researchers.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for Architecture are at the research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, textbooks and scholarly series extensively; periodicals, audio-visual materials, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and maps and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations) selectively. We do not presently collect newspapers relating to architecture.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively, and earlier materials, selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: We collect materials focusing on the current period extensively and earlier periods selectively.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and non-English language materials selectively.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect Western European, Asian and North American materials extensively and materials published elsewhere selectively.