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September 28, 2010

Walk Score

A great site for finding the ideal place to live in your city or nearly any city across the globe. Simply type in the address to find out the feasibility of walking in the area with a score based on a scale from 0-100. This score is further enhanced by descriptions from Car-Dependent to Walker's Paradise, and a basic overview that provides mileage for everything from the closest restaurants and groceries to parks and schools. Maps are also provided with the options of customizing the map for everything from the nearest coffee or bicycle shop to planning your commute. For a quick overview, Walk Score additionally features a listing of the most walkable neighborhoods in the U.S.

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September 24, 2010

"Cantilever Bridges" (video review)

El Alamillo Bridge, Seville, Spain
Santiago Calatrava, 1992
© Mary Ann Sullivan
Source: Digital Imaging Project

Cantilever Bridges
Shopware Videos: How Did They Build That? Series

A brief, informative video that examines cantilever bridges using a variety of examples including the Kingsgate Footbridge, Forth Bridge and Puente del Alamillo. Scott Steedman narrates the video providing an interesting and straightforward explanation of how each bridge works and the history of their construction. Overall a good introduction to the topic with basic bridge engineering concepts and vocabulary covered along with the use of creative demonstrations. One in a number of series that covers other architectural features including everything from suspension bridges to domes and concrete.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 21, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

Featured by the Art House Co-op

Ever wanted a chance to have your artwork exhibited in galleries across the U.S.? Then take part in The Sketchbook Project, a tour of sketchbooks that will be exhibited in cities such as Brooklyn, San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta. Simply visit the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project webpage and choose a theme for your sketchbook to be exhibited under, from "Things Found on Restaurant Napkins" to "The Greatest Story Ever Told", or have a theme chosen at random for your sketchbook. Anyone in the world may participate, and each participant will be sent a moleskin sketchbook to fill with sketches. At the end of the tour each sketchbook will have its own barcode and be placed in The Brooklyn Art Library where they can be viewed by the artist and general public. The deadline is October 31, 2010, so sign up now for your opportunity to exhibit your work!

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September 17, 2010

"Nowhere Fast!" (video review)

Traffic bottleneck, Weston, Massachusetts, ca. 1995.
©Alex MacLean, Landslides Aerial Photography

Image source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Nowhere Fast!
Discovery Communications Inc.

Nowhere Fast! examines traffic congestion across the U.S. and the problem solving solutions being proposed and implemented. The film presents various traffic dilemmas through coverage of different routes with commuters from California, Ohio, and Texas driving from rural areas to cities or from one suburb to another. Interviews with experts on traffic and road construction offer the differing opinions over what should be done from building more roads to completely halting the construction of new roads. Other solutions are covered including Boston's Big Dig, or the congestion pricing implemented in London in 2003, a toll to drive into the city which has decreased the amount of traffic. The film also examines TranStar in Houston, a traffic and emergency center that watches over major roads with cameras while employees make reports on any traffic backups or difficulties as they happen. An ongoing problem, Nowhere Fast! presents a look at the development and the potential of various tactics to manage traffic congestion.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 14, 2010

Creative Commons License for UMHS ImageBank

Dr. Paul Park using the O-Arm precision surgical imaging unit in OR, June 4, 2008
Photo by Martin Vloet

The University of Michigan Health System has a terrific image database of the architecture, campus and urban setting, and work of the hospital and medical school system.

And, in consultation with the University Library Copyright Office, the University of Michigan Medical School Public Relations and Marketing Communications has adopted a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license for all of the images in their Health System ImageBank!

What does this mean? You can use any image posted to their imagebank provided your use of the image is noncommercial and provided you give appropriate attribution: cite the image!*

Michigan Stadium, May 18, 2009
Photo by Martin Vloet

Biomedical Science Research Building

*Courtesy University of Michigan, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

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September 07, 2010

Welcome to Fall Semester 2010!

Students walking across the Diagonal in early morning sunlight, 1947
© Frederick Moncrief

New courses, new assignments, new projects, new posters - you'll want to consult and use images!

Visit this blog and the Images Research Guide for all sorts of image-gathering and image-using ideas.

Stop by the Visual Resources Center. You can get assistance with image searching and use, check out the DVD collection, watch videos, and use the Kutrimmer paper cutter.

Questions? ask us: aael/vrc@umich.edu

Image above from the Bentley Historical Library Image Bank

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