Authors/Contributors

Josh Gurlitz

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

1974

Degree

M.ARCH I

Keywords

Gurlitz, Renewal, Syracuse, Systems, Information Retrieval

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture

Description/Abstract

The efficient utilization of information about marketed building products is a requisite for open building systems. There exist, however, few rationalized methods of product information transfer. The methods available to most practitioners do not afford a large range of performance information with a high degree of access are presently beyond the economic reach of most practitioners.

The method proposed here utilizes an intermediate technological vehicle which allows efficient accessibility coupled with a cost factor which may enable its use by many practicing architects. This system is based upon the categorization of performance criteria and the subsequent selection of building products through these performance categories. Information is both coded and written, with the coded information enabling efficient access and the written information yeilding precise data on each of the products categorized.

Products are categorized through eight different, in-situ, functional types. They are further characterized through seven primary performance attributes. Both functional type and primary performance attribute compose the initial points of entry into the system. Additional points of entry are the U.C.I referent and materials composition.

Use of this rationalized method of product information retrieval will enable immediate comparisons of specific performance attributes between marketed building products.

Additional Information

Thesis advisers: Kermit Lee, Roger Orkin, Walter Kroner

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