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December 22, 2009

Wishing you happy and prosperous New Year!



"What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year."
Vern McLellan

"Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
Aisha Elderwyn


Visit NY Public Library's image collection for more images:

Hoiday Postcards

Greeting Cards

Here is Merry Christmas from France






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December 17, 2009

How food shapes our cities

Architect and author Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to "read" cities and understand how they work. In her book 'Hungry City" she traces and puts into historical context food's journey from land to urban table and thence to sewer. Cities, like people, are what they eat.


A few months ago at the TEDGlobal Conference at Oxford she discussed the daily miracle of feeding a city and showed how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.


Check out "Hungry City" from Shapiro Undergraduate Library
HD9000.5 .S678 2008

See her web page Carolyn Steel's Hungry City

via TED Talks


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December 14, 2009

Iakov Chernikhov

"The architectural fantasies of Iakov Chernikhov, even if not implemented, have provided subsequent generations with the opportunity to comprehend the great art of architecture in all its immeasurable richness and beauty."

Iakov Chernikhov (1889-1951) was an architect, a graphic artist and a pedagogue.


Chernikhov published in Leningrad a series of books of architectural fantasies that made him famous worldwide and earned him the title of “Soviet Piranesi”:

*Fundamentals of Modern Architecture (1929-1930)
*Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931)
*Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions (1933)

"Architectural fantasy in all cases propels the culture of architectural problems, and with the freshness of new thoughts, with the transition to new phases of architectural creativity, it serves as the best aid in real design work."


Architectural Fantasies, Fantasy #89


Architectural Fantasies, Fantasy #5

You can check out these books at Art, Architecture and Engineering Library:

Fantasy and Construction NA1199.C43 F311 1984

Jakov Černichov : sowjetischer Architekt der Avantgarde NA 1199 .C43 J35 1995

Art, Architecture and Engineering Special Collections Library has Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions
NA 2760 .C451 1933


via Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation



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December 07, 2009

Click: Photography Changes Everything

The Smithsonian recently announced an online exhibition exploring how photography changes the way we see and experience the world. Invited contributors have offered essays and stories discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives. The exhibition Click: Photography Changes Everything explores the following themes: Where We Go; What We Want; What We Do; What We See; What We Remember, and Who We Are. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009, so click through today!

To submit your own photo and story, go here:




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December 03, 2009

Historical Maps on the Web

Finding high resolution images of historical maps can be challenging. Check out the University of Michigan Map Library listing of historical map websites.


The University of Texas, Austin, Map Library has a particularly rich site.





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