March 13, 2014

Calatrava's Turning Torso

Santiago Calatrava
Turning Torso 2005
Malmö, Sweden
Image © ART on FILE
Source: ARTstor

Santiago Calatrava's "Turning Torso" is a residential tower that twists 5 times over the rise of 45 floors, to ultimately be at 90° to the ground floor orientation. It is also the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia. The building is clearly a feat of engineering, but the story of its construction as part of a revitalization of Malmö's harbor district is just as fascinating. Imageworks has two dvds about the tower: The Turning Torso, Sweden offers an at times dizzying tour of the structure, inside and out. The socialist, the architect and the Twisted Tower delves more into the social and political context of its planning and construction.

For more images of "Turning Torso" check out ARTstor.

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October 15, 2013

Archiseek: Architecture in Ireland

James Scott
Sinclairs Department Store, Royal Avenue, Belfast 1935
© Paul Clerkin t/a

Ireland might not have a high architectural profile, but undeservedly so. To explore more about the varied architecture, past and present, check out Archiseek: Architecture news and views from Ireland.

Rothe House, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny 1594
© Paul Clerkin t/a

Search for buildings by the drop-down county list, via a pinned map, or check out the unbuilt or vanished Ireland. You'll find images and brief descriptions of the buildings and their histories. Archiseek also presents buildings in other countries (from Australia to Wales) and a news & events page.

John MacNeill
Railway Station, Portadown, Co. Armagh 1862; demolished 1960s
© Paul Clerkin t/a

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September 25, 2013

Housing Prototypes site

José Antonio Coderch
Las Cocheras, Barcelona, Spain 1968-1973
Image source: Roger Sherwood /

Are you researching housing projects by particular architects or in certain cities/countries? Or just curious about the possibilities for multi-unit housing? Check out the online resource While currently limited to western Europe and a few other countries, the range of projects is impressive. Each project page provides summary information, a description, images, and reference works.

Silodam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2002
Image source: Roger Sherwood /

Here's the site's own description of its service:

"Welcome to the web site dedicated to the study of international multi-family housing. contains examples of housing designed by different architects in different historic periods, countries, and cities. Projects range in scale from single buildings to examples of large social housing projects containing thousands of dwellings. A typological guide provides for research by housing site and building organization. Each example is presented as an individual case study complete with building data and description, a critical analysis, bibliographic resources, photographic images, and drawings. The data is cross-indexed for easy searching by housing type, country, city, architect and date. Links in the text provide for further browsing. New examples are constantly being added to this collection. The site is designed for convenient browsing and all examples are downloadable using most web browsers."

Moller Architects
Viaduct Harbor, Auckland, New Zealand 2000-2004
Image source: Roger Sherwood /

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May 30, 2013

Holland Prize for Architectural Drawing

Southwest elevation, roof plan, site plan & main floor plan, loft plan, section looking east, north window head detail – Richard Buckminster Fuller & Anne Hewlett Fuller Dome Home, 407 South Forest Avenue, Carbondale, Jackson County, IL Drawing by Thad Heckman, 2011.

In this era of computer-aided design, the skills required to create a single-sheet measured drawing of a building may seem to be irrelevant. Yet as a means of fully understanding and documenting a design, architectural delination is invaluable. Now, the National Park Service is administering an annual prize for the best drawing:

"The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, Architectural Record, and the Center for Architecture, Design & Engineering in the Library of Congress, and administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS/CRGIS)."

Pictured above and below are the winning entries for 2012. Information about the annual competition can be found here.

West Elevation, Section at Roof, Reflected Ceiling Plan and Observation Floor Plan – White Rock Lookout Tower, on Mount Cammerer near the Appalachian Trail, Cosby, Cocke County, TN. Drawing by Laura Beth Ingle, 2012.

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March 18, 2013

Russian Constructivist architecture in Moscow

Il'ja Alexandrovic Golosov, Zuev Workers' Club, Moscow, 1927-1929
© Joy Ziegeweid
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Thanks to a donation from Joy Ziegeweid, MUP '07, AAEL Images has a collection of 100 images of Russian Constructivist architectural monuments in Moscow. Taken in 2005, the images show the state of the buildings (and often their urban context) at that time. All images are licensed CC BY-SA, so anyone is free to use them with proper attribution!

We're showing some lower-resolution versions here. For the full collection with a range of image sizes, just enter "Ziegeweid" in the search box.

Aleksey Shchusev, Narkomzem [People's Commissariat for Agriculture], Moscow, 1928-1933
© Joy Ziegeweid
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Ivan Nikolaev, Communal House of the Textile Institute, Moscow, 1929-1931
© Joy Ziegeweid
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Grigorii Barkhin and Mikhail Barkhin, Izvestia Building (Variant II), Moscow, 1925-1927
© Joy Ziegeweid
Source: AAEL Digital Images

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February 25, 2013

Machiel Kiel Photo Archive

The Netherlands Institute in Turkey is publishing the photo archive of a renowned scholar of Ottoman monuments in southeastern Europe. Machiel Kiel's images from the 1960s-1990s - slides, negatives, and photographs - are being digitized and made freely available, with appropriate credit to Kiel.

These records of the architectural heritage of the region are even more valuable given that many have since suffered in the ensuing time period. Currently online are monuments in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Future additions will include monuments in Turkish Thrace and Christian monuments and mural painting from the Ottoman period.

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December 06, 2012

Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012

Oscar Niemeyer, Congresso Nacional, Brasília, Brazil, 1958-1960
© William Muschenheim
Source: AAEL Digital Images

One of the greatest Modernist architects, Oscar Niemeyer, has died at the age of 104. The Brazilian is best known for designing numerous buildings - the cathedral, museums, theater, apartment blocks, government and office buildings - in the planned capital city of Brasília. Other works include the Church of São Francisco de Assis in Minas Gerais, Brazil; an apartment building in Berlin; the campus of the University of Haifa in Israel; the United Nations complex in New York (with Le Corbusier); numerous private houses; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Brazil.

For more information, see the New York Times obituary and a profile of the architect in 1995, his entry in archINFORM, and the architect's website.

Congresso Nacional, Brasília, Brazil, 1958-1960
Ramp of Planalto Palace in foreground
© Robert A. Peterson
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Apartment house, Hansaviertel, Berlin, Germany, 1956-1957
© Edward Olencki
Source: AAEL Digital Images

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November 30, 2012

Green Side-Wall

Green and"living" walls are a trending feature in urban environments. Whether free-standing or part of a building, they are valued for cooling capacity, potential to reduce water, air and noise pollution, and aesthetic qualities. Innovations in construction are constant, and the "Green Side-Wall" in Barcelona caught our eye.

Created by Capella Garcia Arquitectura in March 2012, the free-standing steel structure hides an unsightly wall remaining from demolition. Essentially a stack of platform gardens, the green wall "represents the birth of a novel type of construction in the field of 'vegitecture'".

all images via domus

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August 02, 2012

New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery

Grand Central Station, ca 1935-1941
Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives

New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery is the city’s first ever online image database. It consists of over 870,000 photos covering 160 years of New York City history and subjects include daily life, landmarks, construction, crime scenes and more. In addition to photographs users are also able to access maps, moving images, and audio recordings.

Taken mostly by anonymous municipal workers, some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years.

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June 08, 2012

Scandinavian Art: Prehistory to Medieval

Gold Cups, Scandinavian Bronze Age
Source: California State University Scandinavia database

If you’re interested in Vikings and Scandinavia is your specialty, or if you’re just curious about the early eras of Scandinavian art and culture, the California State University Scandinavia database is the resource you’re looking for. From Paleolithic tools to medieval objects of gold and silver, these images provide a great range of Scandinavian art and culture of the era. Check it out today!

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May 22, 2012


Searching for fun ways to incorporate your pets into your house? Check out the innovative designs employed by Japanese firm FAUNA + DeSIGN, and their homes specifically modeled for pet owners, especially cat owners. If you can read Japanese you have an advantage, but even if you can’t these pictures are worth a look. Check out The Cats' House for great pictures of felines having fun in an awesome architectural setting!

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April 20, 2012

"The Venetian Dilemma" (video review)

City of Venice
© G. W. Willard
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

The Venetian Dilemma
Produced and directed by Carole Rifkind, Richard Rifkind

While tourism rapidly increases every year, Venice's population, like the city itself, has been dramatically sinking. Little shops and businesses have been pushed out for shops and bars that cater to tourists, and the residents of Venice worry that the Venice they’ve known is disappearing. Mayor Roberto D’Agostino has great plans for pushing Venice forward with new industry and the proposal of a subway to the mainland. However, native inhabitants of the city worry this will only increase tourism, and argue that more should be done to provide better housing and services for those who already live there. Presenting both sides, the film explores the tension between the conflicting desires for modernity and the preservation of culture in Venice.

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

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April 10, 2012

Updated Mapping Gothic France

Saint Julien Cathedral, Le Mans, France
© Saskia Ltd. Cultural Documentation
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

In 2010, we wrote an entry about the exciting beginnings of the project Mapping Gothic France. Since then the site has been updated to include many more Gothic churches, images, and options for viewing. One of the new features includes the Pasteboard, which allows you to sort the churches as needed for visual analysis and comparisons. You can sort images of various church aspects from frontispieces to parametric sections in any order you need. Be sure to check out the new Simulation model as well, an interactive resource for learning about the structural dynamics of stone arches. Remember, the site is still a work in progress, so keep checking back for future additions and resources.

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April 05, 2012

"Robert A.M. Stern" (video review)

15 Central Park West, New York
© AP Photo / Richard Drew
Source: AP Images

Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House

Architect Robert A.M. Stern expresses his lifelong interest in New York City, and takes us on a tour of its unique apartment buildings from the past and present. Contrasting them with traditional Parisian apartments, Stern demonstrates how early 20th century apartments in NY redefined what apartment housing was. In the early 1900’s NY was growing rapidly and row houses were no longer enough. Architects Philip Hubert, and James Pirsson had the idea of building apartments that were essentially part of a large home and community. They provided dining, laundry service, and communal rooms for entertaining. This new approach to apartment styles lead to the popularity of apartment living amongst the wealthiest members of society. Stern examines these elaborate apartment buildings such as the Dakota Apartments, 998 Fifth Ave., and 740 Park Ave and describes how they were influential to his own work, 15 Central Park West. Through this comparison, Stern highlights how he drew from the early 1900’s to create a modern apartment building that retained the spirit of the original grand New York City apartments.

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

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March 08, 2012

Materials Collection open house

You have yet another reason to stop by Imageworks! We are now housing a collection of materials - 200 samples of the most advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world! These samples are provided by Material ConneXion, and are a subset of the more than 6,000 samples available on their online database.

On Tuesday, March 13 from 4-6 p.m. we will have an Open House celebrating the collection - so come up to the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library and check it out!

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February 16, 2012

"Eames" (video review)

Charles Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1956
Photo: Davis Digital Images
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Narrated by James Franco

The works, lives, and abundant creativity of Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic couple whose work became the pinnacle of mid-20th century design, are examined in this film. Charles and Ray met while working at the Cranbrook Academy of Art here in Michigan. Subsequently they moved to L.A. with the dream of creating quality furniture for everyone, starting with their mass-producible plywood chair. They set up their studio in Venice, CA, and the rest is history. Their studio became known as the “Eamery” where creative artists and designers worked around the clock. Not limiting themselves to furniture, Charles and Ray explored a wide range of media including painting, architecture, film, and photography. Their amazing lives and the many accomplishments they achieved to re-create the very idea of design are still highly influential in the design world today.

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

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December 20, 2011

"The Tugendhat House" (video review)

Mies van der Rohe, Tugendhat Villa, Brno, Czech Republic, 1928-1930
Street facade, 2001
Photographer: Mark Weber/World Monuments Fund
Source: ARTstor

The Tugendhat House: Mies van der Rohe’s Czech Masterpiece

Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, a member of the family that originally owned Mies van der Rohe’s famous Tugendhat House, wrote a book on her family’s experiences there and for this film shares photos and stories about her family home. At the time of its construction, the argument made by many critics was that it was inhabitable and would serve better as a museum building rather than a home. However, Daniela portrays the Tugendhat House as it was when her family owned it and argues it was ideal in its architectural design as a living space. Added as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, the film also portrays the unique architectural features Mies van der Rohe created for his masterpiece as well as its turbulent history as a family home, soldiers barrack during WWII, dance studio, hospital and finally a public museum.

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

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November 28, 2011


Europeana is a cultural database featuring Europe’s conservation efforts for everything from art to science and to make these digital resources available to a wide audience. Musical scores by Mozart and Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle are among the many things to discover at Europeana. The site also includes virtual exhibitions that include Eastern European wedding traditions, Art Nouveau, and Yiddish Theatre in London. These exhibits incorporate sound recordings, photos and memoirs to provide a detailed sensory experience. Search for information by exhibitions, new content, provider, timeline or featured search today to discover some of Europe’s vast cultural treasures.

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November 16, 2011

"Athens Subway" (video review)

A tourist walks past ancient pottery artifacts decorating the Metro station of Acropolis in Athens, August 11, 2004
© AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis
Source: AP Images

Athens Subway
Produced by Flashback Television for the History Channel

With air pollution from traffic congestion damaging ancient monuments and the 2004 Olympics around the corner, an expansion of the single line Athens subway was desperately needed. But the subway would pass under the most ancient heart of the city! There was tension between engineers and archaeologists as the engineers had deadlines to meet and the archaeologists wanted to carefully go through everything unearthed. Fortunately a system of cooperation was developed which opened up new opportunities for both the engineers and archaeologists. By building the subway beneath the city the engineers provided access to areas for archaeologists that would never have been available before, allowing for the largest scale archaeological project ever conducted in Athens. The various and delicate tunneling techniques the engineers used to preserve ancient buildings in the city above are shown in detail. When the subway is opened the ancient is incorporated with the new as artifacts found during the subway’s creation are put on display in the stations. This film shows how the engineers and archaeologists worked together to protect Athens’ rich cultural heritage and to balance the needs of the living with the preservation of the past.

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

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November 15, 2011


© Bunker/BNKR Arquitectura
Source: Bunker/BNKR Arquitectura

BNKR Arquitectura’s latest idea is creating waves: architect Esteban Suarez’s plan for an “Earthscraper”, a 65 story underground equivalent of a skyscraper beneath Mexico City’s main square, Zocalo. The underground tower would contain a central cavity to allow natural sunlight to enter its spaces for living, shops, and offices. But this is only the latest in a series of their innovative architectural concepts. Check out their website for drawings, plans and models of past, present and future projects. Detailed plans and images for the Filadelfia Corporate Suites, Sunset Chapel, Acapulco Bay Bridge, and Taiwan Tower, along with humorous architectural cartoons, provide a wide scope of the abilities and future possibilities for BNKR Arquitectura. Whether or not the “Earthscraper” is one of their feasible possibilities is still up for debate, but it sure is one groundbreaking concept!

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November 03, 2011

"Citizen Architect" (video review)

At left, the Music Man and Rural Studio instructor Jay Sanders oversee the construction of a handrail on the back steps of the "Music Man House" in rural Hale County, Alabama, May 20, 2003.
© AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer
Source: AP Images

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
directed and edited by Sam Wainwright Douglas

Instructor Jay Sanders and his students from the Rural Studio work to create a new home for Jimmie Lee Matthews, also known as the "Music Man", in Newbern, Alabama. Begun by Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee in 1993, the Rural Studio has worked to give architectural students of Auburn University hands-on experience in building the structures they design as well as the opportunity to help and make a difference in poor, rural communities. While Sambo passed away in 2001, his legacy continues with the Rural Studio. Family, friends, students, and co-workers comment on Sambo’s groundbreaking approach to architecture and how he sought to make architecture something for everyone. The film also covers some of the many different architectural projects conducted by the Rural Studio such as the Yancey Tire Chapel, the Butterfly House, and at the end the results of the Music Man’s new house.

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

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October 27, 2011

"Building with Awareness" (video review)

© Syncronos Design Inc.

Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home

While you may have learned in your childhood from the story of “The Three Little Pigs” that building your house with straw is not the best idea, Building with Awareness will refute that lesson and demonstrate how practical building a straw bale home can be. Designer Ted Owens aims to build his own hybrid home in New Mexico using low tech building materials, such as straw and adobe, along with such high tech materials as solar panels. Not only is his goal to create an environmentally friendly house, but also to create an aesthetically pleasing one. The film covers each of the steps, methods and materials Ted Owens uses: the laying of the foundation, the placement of the rainwater cistern, adobe construction, straw bale insulation, electrical wiring, earth plaster, and the final finishing touches. As an in-depth look at the building process the film serves as a helpful hybrid building tutorial. By the end Owens, along with other experts, have contributed to build a beautiful green home that no wolf would be able to blow down.

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

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October 13, 2011

"Frank Lloyd Wright" (video review)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois,1889-1898
Original house, close side view of the west elevation
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.
Source: Archivision Architecture Images

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio
IN-D presents a Planet Architecture series production

Charting the course of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, this film focuses on his ever changing home and studio in Oak Park, Chicago and how it reflects the architectural innovations of his career from Taliesin to the Guggenheim. It provides a more personal look at Wright by examining how he created his own living and workspaces. Wright’s expression of ideas in architecture is covered including the importance he placed on family, nature, beauty and culture, music and surrounding oneself with these things. With this detailed presentation the argument is made that all of the elements for understanding any of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural feats can be found by studying his home and studio.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois,1889-1898
Detail of wall lamp in barrel-vaulted room
Image date: 1969
© Edward Olencki CC-BY-SA
Source: AAEL Digital Images

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

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September 01, 2011

"Japan: 3 Generations of Avant-Garde Architects" (video review)

Japan: 3 Generations of Avant-Garde Architects
Michael Blackwood Productions and Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Six architects from Japan share their inspiration and the ways they have influenced each other in this film on the Avant-Garde of Japan. The architects include Tokyo based Kazuo Shinohara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Toyo Ito, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, and Osaka based Tadao Ando. While there are similarities in their designs, the differences between the architects emerge from their educational backgrounds, generational gaps and choice of materials as each architect combines aspects and mediums to create unique architectural forms. In addition, Itsuko Hasegawa presents the perspective and challenges of a female architect working with a mostly male cliental, and Tadao Ando presents his views and experience as an architect without formal training. The extraordinary works and contributions to Japanese architecture of all six are highlighted throughout the film.

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

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August 18, 2011

"Ajanta" (video review)

Cave Temple, Ajanta, India
© Robert C. MacLaurin
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Ajanta: Written in the Stone
Laurence Castle Productions

Laurence Castle presents the work of Univerity of Michigan’s professor emeritus Walter M. Spink who studied and proposed an entirely different dating system for the caves of Ajanta. Re-discovered after years of abandonment in 1819 by British officer John Smith, the Ajanta caves are richly decorated Buddhist temples located in the Sahyadri Mountains of India. From the time of their re-discovery the cave temples were the subjects of a great debate concerning the date they were created. Over time general consensus held that the majority of the caves were from the 7th century. However, Spink refutes this theory and supports the much earlier date of the 5th century. He provides evidence by examining the dedicatory inscriptions of figures such as Varahadeva, the prime minister of Emperor Harisena and the events of Harisena’s reign. Details in the caves such as candle soot, unfinished works and the style of door hinges also provide clues for the dating of the caves. The film, set amongst the caves themselves, presents detailed footage of everything from the construction to the elaborate decoration of these incredible temples.

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

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July 28, 2011

"Renzo Piano" (video review)

Renzo Piano
© AP-Photo/HO
Source: AP Images

Renzo Piano: Piece by Piece
Written and directed by Christopher Tuckfield

The unique architect Renzo Piano, whose every work is dedicated to taking on new challenges, expounds upon what architecture means to him and what it is like to be an architect. Part of the challenges he faces are factors that need to be considered for any building: its purpose, security and relation to nature. Piano stresses the interdisciplinary nature of architecture while talking about his numerous projects including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Menil Collection Musuem, San Nicola Stadium, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, and the Potsdamer Platz Reconstruction. He describes how he draws inspiration from the building practices and collaboration between workers in the Middle Ages and how this fits well with the importance he places on teamwork and the creation of models in his working method. Yet Piano also recognizes that buildings cannot be made to suit the ideas of everyone as according to him, “you cannot make architecture like you make cakes,” and he discusses how to focus on what is truly important in order to create an expressive, functional building.

"The Ball", Genoa, Italy
© AP Photo/Marco Di Lauro
Source: AP Images

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July 14, 2011

"Vancouver" (video review)

Vancouver Harbor
© AP Photo/Odd Andersen
Source: AP Images

Vancouver: Level 2
Life in a Great City Series

Take a tour of Vancouver with this film that presents the many exciting opportunities the city has to offer from all hours of the day and night. Known as the Gateway to the Pacific, Vancouver’s harbor is bustling with many seaside activities presenting beaches, fresh fish, an aquarium and a commuter ferry from downtown to the North Vancouver area. The beautiful mountains of North Vancouver are excellent for the outdoor enthusiast with activities such as hiking and paragliding. Interviews with gardeners, chefs, artists and shop owners provide insight on the diversity and culture that contribute to creating this great city.

© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.
Source: Archivision Architecture Images

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

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July 06, 2011

"The Sand Castle" (video review)

© Films for the Humanities & Sciences

The Sand Castle: Building a City in the Desert of Ras al-Khaimah
Director Eirin Gjørv

This documentary follows the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta and their experience designing a city for HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras al-Khaimah. Snøhetta competes to create a city that will attract international business and rival neighboring Dubai, but their concept for a city is declined in favor of the plan developed by Rem Koolhaas and architecture firm OMA. However, the Norwegian firm is given the task of envisioning the city’s convention center, a major site for international traffic to be visible from the planned highway. Yet Dr. Khater Massaad, the Sheikh’s special advisor, must approve all designs first, and he proves a tough critic. Thus the film documents Snøhetta at work developing models and concepts using different tools until they reach a design for a convention center that both Dr. Massaad and the Sheik are pleased and excited about representing their city.

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

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May 31, 2011

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

© Populous
Source: ArchDaily

More than your average football [soccer] stadium, the Aviva Stadium was named one of the top buildings of 2011 by The Royal Institute of British Architects with praise for its “organic form” created by the stadium’s undulating curvilinear shape. The architectural firms Populous (led by Ben Vickery) and Scott Tallon Walker (led by Bryan Roe) designed the stadium to replace the oldest sports stadium in Europe, the Lansdowne Road Stadium, which opened in 1872 with the initiative of athlete Henry Wallace Doveton Dunlop.

The new Aviva Stadium was completed in 2010 with many more innovative features in addition to its organic style. These include its seating capacity of 50,000 and designs for sustainability - not only with its rainwater harvesting, heat recovery, waterless urinals and acoustic paneling but also with its support of public transportation and its sales of local produce.

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May 24, 2011

Architect Barbie's Dream House

Looking for imaginative summer projects? Then enter the American Institute of Architects and Mattel’s Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition in honor of the release of the latest Architect Barbie Doll. You need only to be an AIA member to participate. The goal is to apply sustainability and an environmentally friendly design to Barbie’s Dream House. But be sure to read Barbie’s own guidelines that stipulate the need for the color pink, room for a pet giraffe, and most importantly a house that’s fun! The deadline for submissions is June 27, 2011 and the winner will be announced August 2, 2011.

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May 05, 2011

"Future by Design" (video review)

© Doug Drexler/concept and design by Jacque Fresco

Future by Design
DocFlix Movies
Produced and directed by William Gazecki

Jacque Fresco, the artist, social engineer and industrial designer, is compared to Leonardo da Vinci in the versatility of his work and his exploration of technology in this documentary on his life and creations. From inventing surgical tools to designing underwater cities, Fresco elaborates on his passion for the use of future design and technology to improve the world.

Fresco also shares his early inspiration and fascination with the future drawn from films such as Metropolis and his encounters with Buckminster Fuller and Albert Einstein. Giving a tour of his home in Florida, he introduces what is known as The Venus Project, a full-scale model of homes surrounded with natural environment that he designed for future living. In his studio Fresco describes his dreams, designs and innovations for homes and cities, exhibiting the workplace and models he has created for his captivating vision of the future.

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

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April 28, 2011

"Detroit Collaborative Design Center" (video review)

© Sou International Ltd
Source: Sou International Ltd

Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Sou International Ltd.

This film profiles the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and its working philosophy of "participatory design". The non-profit organization, based at the University of Detroit Mercy, works closely with its clients to create architecture and community projects most beneficial to everyone involved.

To illustrate the DCDC design process, the film covers their collaboration with the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, for whom they were commissioned to create new offices. The inclusion of in-depth interviews with the clients and with Dan Pitera, the Design Center's Director of Design, provides a full picture of the approach.

The DCDC employs innovative methods to include and help their clients understand the design process. Scavenger hunts familiarize the clients with the design and architectural features of a building; Play-Doh models allow the clients to work out the location of rooms and how they want them to function within the spatial limits; and clients provide a project statement to assist designers. This active engagement leads to informed opinions and clear statements of what they need and want in a new building space. As a result, the clients feel more satisfied with the end design.

Throughout the film the potential difficulties of this collaborative method are raised. And, how the DCDC comes to resolve such problems as costs or clients inhibiting the design is documented. By addressing these complexities, Detroit Collaborative Design Center provides a persuasive model of how other programs can reach out and apply the principles of "participatory design" with their clients in the community.

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

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March 18, 2011

Modernism at Risk / Michigan Matters Exhibit

Great Lakes Region Reynolds Headquarters Building, Southfield, Michigan
© Balthazar Korab

Modernism at Risk / Michigan Matters Exhibit
March 16 - April 20, 2011
Taubman College Liberty Annex
305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

Modernism at Risk / Michigan Matters, an exhibition organized by University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and World Monuments Fund (WMF), will be on display in Ann Arbor, Michigan, through April 20th, 2011.

The WMF exhibit consists of large-scale photographs by Andrew Moore and interpretative panels with five case studies that address the distinct challenges to preserving modern architecture.

The Michigan Matters exhibit aims to bring to light the various intact resources associated with the modern architectural movement in Michigan, which date from as early as 1922. The exhibition calls attention to the responsibility we share as a community in the future conservation of our more recent heritage. Projects include works by Albert Kahn, Eliel Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Minoru Yamasaki, and Marcel Breuer.

Ann Arbor has also hosted its own share of important architects and is home to ingenious works of architecture, which are mostly residential in nature. To broaden understanding of the tradition of expression of modern architecture in Ann Arbor, reproductions will be presented of drawings and photographs from the archives of Tivadar Balogh, George B. Brigham, Robert C. Metcalf, William Muschenheim, David W. Osler and Walter Sanders Collections from the Bentley Historical Library.

Event speakers include:
Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean of the Taubman College
Henry Ng, Executive Vice President, WMF
David Bright, Senior Vice President, Communications, Knoll
Brian Conway, Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer
Gregory Saldaña, curator of the exhibit.

via Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

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March 10, 2011

"Palmyra" (video review)

Triumphal arch of temple at Pa... Digital ID: 88482. New York Public Library>

Triumphal arch of temple at Palmyra, Syria
Digital ID: 88482. 1860s-1920s
Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Source: NYPL Digital Gallery

Palmyra: Venice of the Sands
Part of the Living Stones: Where Archaeology Begins series
Presented by Alpha Line Productions

A look at the ancient city of Palmyra in the Syrian Desert, this film covers the history and fall of a once prosperous desert oasis. Originally known as Tadmore, the city was conquered by Alexander the Great and then later by the Roman Empire, which gave the city its current name Palmyra. The wealth of the city, visible in the ruins of its great monuments, was due to its location on major caravan trade routes. The impact of the consequent diversity is seen in the temples to various deities as well as its varied art and architecture. Also covered is the city's rebellion against Roman rule under Queen Zenobia and the resulting destruction of the city by Emperor Aurelian. Using archaeological evidence and computer models the filmmakers explore the layout and plan of the city and attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the once flourishing Palmyra. In less than half an hour, this video provides a fine overview of the economic, political and multicultural history of this city.

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

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March 08, 2011


Marlin Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
The Art Deco Architecture Site

The photographer Randy Juster shares his interests and work with Art Deco on his website Decopix. His galleries contain over 700 images of Art Deco art and architecture, along with an overview of the origins and boom of Art Deco. Documenting the wealth and elaborate nature of this art movement are Juster's photographs covering buildings, glass, woodwork, and murals with excellent photos of minute architectural details. Further sections are devoted to color schemes, demolished Art Deco buildings and Lawson Clocks, providing a varied and valuable image resource of the Art Deco movement.

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February 08, 2011

Virtual Sistine Chapel

screen capture of upper wall of the Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel
© Vatican Museums
Source: Sistine Chapel, The Holy See

Experience the Sistine Chapel like never before with the Vatican website's new 360 experience providing astonishing views from floor to ceiling. Take a close look at Michelangelo's Last Judgment or Perugino's Handing over of the Keys, and gather a sense of the dimensions of the room and the magnificence of its entire decorative program.

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February 03, 2011

"Firenze Scomparsa-Forgotten Florence" (video review)

Firenze scomparsa: la città delle torri e l'antico centro religiso - Forgotten Florence: the medieval city its tower houses and lost cathedral

This DVD presents a look at medieval Florence through history, architecture and its leading families; available in Italian and English. The history is centered on the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and the uncovering of the preceding structure. Using CG models the film recreates the old cathedral, Santa Reparata (ca. 4th-5th century), which was replaced by Santa Maria del Fiore, beginning in 1296. CG models are also used to recreate the surrounding city as it would have looked in the medieval period. This is done using evidence from excavations of the old church underneath Santa Maria del Fiore as well as surviving frescoes that depict the church in its contemporary settings. The history and the original structure of the adjacent Baptistery of St. John is also examined, covering its beginnings as a small hexagonal building to the larger marble baptistery known today. The structures of other city buildings and city streets are also recreated with an emphasis on the abundant towers of the medieval city and their various functions and relations to the leading families of Florence. Overall the film aims to present the look and feel of medieval Florence through the recreation of its architecture.

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

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November 30, 2010

"Yinka Shonibare" (video review)

© Illuminations
Source: Illuminations

Yinka Shonibare
Illuminations Production, part of theEYE series

This film is a brief, informative look at the work of Yinka Shonibare presented by the artist himself sharing his creative process and means of inspiration for his art. Shonibare elaborates on how he first became interested in working with fabrics and fabric designs popular in West Africa and how he is also influenced by 19th century European art and culture. As an example of his creative process, he relates his experience with an invitation he received to create a work of art for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Shonibare describes how he explored the city of Stockholm to get a feel for its culture and to incorporate his impressions into his artwork. He especially noticed the prominent influence of the sea, and so decided to do a piece on the famous ship Vasa, a great 17th century ship displayed in Stockholm that sank not long after its first departure. In designing Vasa in a Bottle, essentially a bottled model of the Vasa, he added his own distinctive touch by incorporating African fabric for the sails. Similarly he describes other exhibition pieces and artworks he has created, and how as an artist having been raised in London and Nigeria he incorporates the cultural and political backgrounds he has experienced into his art, often with a humorous touch.

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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November 16, 2010

Architecture of the South

The Library of Congress has a new collection in its vast Prints and Photographs online catalog: the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.

Belle Grove, front, White Castle vic., Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-01383

From their press release:
"Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens. Photographed primarily in the 1930s, the collection includes more than 7,100 images showing an estimated 1,700 structures and sites in rural and urban areas of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, and to a lesser extent Florida, Mississippi, and West Virginia."

Fahn Street, West side, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-06925

Poplar Grove tide mill, Mathews County, Virginia
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-05156

Explore more of the Library of Congress image collections here.

There are no known restriction of the use of the photographs in the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. For further information on use and copyright, see the Library of Congress' Rights and Restrictions page.

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November 04, 2010

"Echoes of Forgotten Places" (video review)

Detroits Challenge
© Carlos Osorio
Source: AP Images

Echoes of Forgotten Places: Urban Exploration, Industrial Archaeology and the Aesthetics of Decay
Presented by Scribble Media, written and produced by Robert Fantinatto and Leesa Beales

The exploration of abandoned buildings is portrayed through quiet film shots, narration, and the presentation of the archaeologists and photographers who explore these spaces sharing their views and experiences. The film records various trips with photographers who seek to capture the poetic nature of these buildings and their ruined state. Attempting to portray the fascination with these spaces, many photographers aim to show the hold they have on the visitor as well as to bring awareness to the loss of historically significant buildings and the need for their preservation. Bonus features include an image gallery which provides various photographers' works with abandoned buildings, and the 1936 film, Steel: A Symphony of Industry (produced by Audio Productions on the American Iron and Steel Institute). A short, narrated film, it depicts the various techniques of steel production including the Bessemer converter, electric furnace, and open hearth as well as showing the forgotten vitality of these industrial buildings.

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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October 26, 2010

The New Addition to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

The Kelsey Museum's latest addition, the William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing, allows even more of the Kelsey collection to be displayed than ever before. With two spacious floors, the addition houses a wide variety of objects from locations such as the Ancient Near East, Dynastic Egypt, Rome and Pompeii. The addition provides a light and open gallery space with a plan which progresses seamlessly through the various displays. A plethora of objects provide surprises around every corner from jewelry, sculpture, and Egyptian mummies to the everyday items discovered on archaeological digs such as ancient preserved food and inscribed eggshells. Also on display is the full-scale replica of a room in the Pompeiian Villa of the Mysteries with a watercolor rendition by Italian artist Maria Barosso of the fresco frieze that wraps around the whole of the interior. The new space features the Edwin E. Meader and Mary U. Meader Special Exhibition Gallery, which currently displays the exhibition Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium running until January 23, 2011. A collection of the photography of Ahmet Ertug, Vaults of Heaven covers Byzantine art and architecture from exquisite mosaics to magnificent domes displayed along with items from the Kelsey's own collection such as Byzantine coins and ivories. Free to the public, the Kelsey Museum is a rich find that offers something for all ages.

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October 14, 2010

"Babel 2015" (video review)

Bionic Tower
© Eloy Celaya

Babel 2015: The Revolution in Architecture
A Films for the Humanities and Sciences Production

With a look at the plans for Shanghai's Babel, a skyscraper intended to house a city within itself, Babel 2015 presents the development and utilization of bionic architecture. As cities such as Shanghai are rapidly expanding the need for such grand-scale buildings is evident, but problems people experience from living at such great heights, including dizziness and a removal from nature, need to be taken into consideration. Interviews with architects such as Javier Pioz and engineer Chris McCarthy relate the elements of bionic architecture and the desire to build environmentally inspired buildings not only to help solve these living problems, but also for the practical elements gained from studying and implementing nature in architecture. They consider the problems and challenges to Babel's design from wind to earthquakes, but also discuss how elements of nature can be effectively utilized to overcome these difficulties.

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 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 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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August 12, 2010

Mapping Gothic France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Amiens, France

© Archivision (Scott Gilchrist)
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Mapping Gothic France is a creation of the Visual Media Center in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, the Visual Resources Library at Vassar College, and the Columbia University Libraries

The website is an ongoing project to present Gothic cathedrals mainly from the 12th to 13th centuries with the theme of space, time, and narrative. Each cathedral has its own entry complete with images, descriptions of the building's architectural features, its history and place in France in comparison to other cathedrals and a bibliography for further information. Multiple plans are also included with the added ability of choosing a location on the plan for further images. The database can be searched in a number of ways ranging from a variety of maps, modern and historical, to an interactive time line that allows you to search by date and place. (Click here to see the entry for Notre Dame de Amiens.)

An excellent resource, Mapping Gothic France aims to provide an interactive database that explores the manifold and diverse layers of history and architecture surrounding Gothic cathedrals.

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April 30, 2010

2010 World Expo in Shanghai

Fireworks light up the Shanghai skyline during the opening ceremony for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo (Photo/Philippe Wojazer)

The 2010 World Expo in Shanghai has officially opened! Covering 2 square miles along the Huangpu River, the site includes national pavilions, sculpture gardens, and a sports aren/performing arts center. Past world's fairs and expositions have included such notable constructions as the Eiffel Tower, the Crystal Palace, and Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion. Intriguing buildings this year include:

the United Kingdom Pavilion

(©AP Photo/Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy, HO)

the Japan Pavilion

(©AP Photo/Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy, HO)

and the United Arab Emirates Pavilion

(©AP Photo/Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy, HO)

Go here for an excellent website for the expo with descriptions and multiple views of the pavilions.

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April 01, 2010

Living with Modern Architecture

(Photo: Gunnar Knechtel; Dwell, September 2006)

"The frequent window washing and dry mopping required to keep the room sufficiently spartan became more than she could bear. The bed suffered the consequences."

(Photo: Jon Jensen; Portland Monthly, March 2008)

"Locked out again, he cursed the architect who thought that the parallel plywood doors would “balance” the slat-window living area."

For more such trenchant analyses of the representation of modernist architecture in contemporary periodicals, consult this site.

And, Happy April Fool's Day!

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February 15, 2010

Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano at UNESCO Laboratory Workshop, Genoa, Italy
Image by G. Berngo Gardin, courtesy Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Renzo Piano is a world renowned Italian architect and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, AIA Gold Medal, Kyoto Prize and the Sonning Prize. In 1981, Piano founded the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, employing hundred people with offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York. Renzo Piano's principal work includes more than 40 world-famous projects, as museums, galleries, churches, music parks, institutes and national centers, shopping centers, bridges, reconstructions of squares, and airports.

Imageworks has several DVDs about Renzo Piano's work, including Renzo Piano: piece by piece, Renzo Piano: work in progress and New York Times building and The Shard.

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January 27, 2010

Detroit in old pictures

Woodward Avenue in the 1890s, looking north from downtown

Woodward Avenue, 1917

Busiest Intersection in the world – Michigan & Woodward, ca. 1920

Grand Circus Park, looking north up Woodward, 1935

Woodward Avenue, July 1942

Evening rush hour traffic inches forward along Second Avenue, 1952


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January 19, 2010

Forgotten Detroit

The William Livingstone House on Eliot Street in Brush Park was demolished on September 15, 2007. This house was not only famous for its long tortured decline, it was also renowned as the first commission by the young architect Albert Kahn while working for the George Mason-Zachariah Rice firm.

Here is the picture of the house in better days:

and here on Flickr

Another building by Kahn, The National Theater (1911) on Monroe Street near Greektown, then:

...and now

via Forgotten Detroit

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January 12, 2010

The Neighborhood Project

"Artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, aka Design 99, started "The Neighborhood Project" in the Walter Gibbs Gallery on Friday, Dec. 18. The artists illustrate how art can transform neighborhoods, both visually and socially, by looking at how public space and aesthetics can be integrated.

The Project stems from the work Cope and Reichert have undertaken in their Detroit community. Beginning with their Power House Project, they have put into practice ideas about the aesthetics of everyday life and the integration of art and design into the rethinking and rebuilding of neighborhoods."

The exhibition is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts through March 28th.

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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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November 16, 2009

New designs

Dynamic Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

"Dr. David Fisher's Dynamic Tower is the first building in motion that will change its shape and add a fourth dimension to architecture: Time. The shape will be determined by each floor's direction of rotation, speed, acceleration and the timing; with timing meaning how each floor rotates compared to the other. The rotation speed will be between 60 minutes and 24 hours for one revolution."

Burnham Pavilion, Chicago, United States

"Zaha Hadid's Burnham Pavilion was opened to the public on August5, 2009.Designed as one of two pavilions to celebrate the centenary of Daniel Burnham's Chicago Plan which outlined the structure of the city, visitors are now able to experience the ambiance within. The structure plays host to a sound and video installation by artist Thomas Gray that portrays Chicago’s transformation from past to future, projected onto the sides of the Pavilion's white interior."

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure, Santa Monica, United States

"The parking structure by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
designates a new gateway for a downtown Civic Center. It provides 900 parking spaces on six levels above and two below grade while visually uniting diverse civic buildings."

Mixed-Use Tower, Mumbai, India

"FXFOWLE Architects' winning design for a competition for a new 60-story (301 meter) mixed-use tower located in India’s South Mumbai centres on creating a premier international hotel, retail, and residential tower within India’s emerging new economy."

Seville University Library, Seville, Spain

"Zaha Hadid's dramatic 9,000 sq m building is set to provide residents and visitors to Seville with a state-of-the-art public library and reading rooms, exhibition hall, and conference facility."

The Wings, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"KEO’s Wings project set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious developments. Situated at the gateway to Al Reem Island on Najmat marina, the 23,757 sq m ‘Wings’ project will have a defining impact on Abu Dhabi’s skyline. The site is approximately 200 meters in width by 110 meters in depth and is in the shape of a curved rectangle. One tower is designated as a residential tower while the other will be office space."

2014 Winter Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia

"Populous has announced that it has been selected by the State Corporation ‘Olympstroy’ to design the main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The 40,000 seat pebble-shaped design boasts clear natural references with a semi-transparent, segmented skin resembling the wings of a dragonfly."

via World Architecture News in pictures

via World Architecture News

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September 24, 2009

AP Images: Weather and Architecture

We've mentioned the great resource AP Images before, but it bears repeating. You'll find timely and historical news photographs, of course, but also some fascinating images of architecture. Today's post presents the iconic Sydney Opera House (Jorn Utzon, 1959-1973) obscured by the red dust storm from western Australia on September 23rd.

Image copyright 2009 AP Photo/Rick Rycroft. Click here to see more photos of the Australia dust storm on AP Images

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August 27, 2009

Open KSA at Ohio State

Ohio State might be a dirty word on the football field here at Michigan, but if you're an architecture student you might want to put aside your rivalries and check out the Open KSA. Open KSA is the media resources web site for the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU. Here you can find tons of great links on subjects ranging from copyright law to statistics to Geotagging. Also available are streaming videos from Architecture 200: Outlines of Architecture course which uses specific buildings to teach about themes and the history of the field.

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August 25, 2009

Video review: Berlin Babylon

Kush Patel, graduate student in Architectural Design Studies at the University of Michigan, reviews a video available to borrow from the VRC:

Berlin Babylon is a 2001 film focusing on the changing urbanscape of Berlin after the fall of the infamous Wall in 1989. The film opens with the following text:
“The future of Babylon was in the hands of craftsmen who were not afraid to tackle a burden of any dimension. They were determined to finish what they had started even though their tongues became confused during construction (…).”

This opening text outlines both the context and the spirit of this beautiful photo documentary made by Hubertus Siegert with industrial music by Einstürzende Neubauten. The film is a collage of sites, conversations, nostalgic memories, people, aspirations, concerns and general hullabaloo concerning tonnes of new projects on the once touted longest and continuous construction site in Europe.
The overall sequence is non-linear, moving between sites and time with time-lapse photography and stock footage of post-war demolitions. The actors include local builders, developers, construction workers and site managers standing as equals among and around notable architects like I.M.Pei, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano and Helmut Jahn. What's appealing about this film is that it does not seek to profile individual architects through their winning projects. Instead, it weaves together the popular with the everyday, the persona with the real and the grand conceptions with the on-ground challenges: creating a rich and rather melancholic tapestry of urbanism, both conceived and lived.

The film is loud and yet for most part, seemingly quiet and surreal. Einstürzende Neubauten's music adds to this paradox - moving from construction clamour to more elegant compositions and back. The camera and the sounds help enliven the moment when the Wall fell, and the prospect to build a bigger and a brighter tomorrow, arose. It captures the spirit of architecture and its inherent responsibility of building hope and aspiration. Siegart has produced a masterpiece of a documentary. A collectable and a must watch!

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August 18, 2009

A Daily Dose of Architecture

Does it feel like there's something missing in your life when you don't get your architecture fix? Daily Dose of Architecture has you covered, and if that's not enough you can also peruse the sister site, A Weekly Dose of Architecture. The Dose of Architecture blogs are nice way to keep up with contemporary architecture projects. You can also see images submitted to the 'Archidose' flickr pool here. The images of the new Burnham Hadid Pavilion are particularly lovely.

image copyright: John Crouch, Burnham Hadid Pavilion Interior. Please click on image for original posting

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July 02, 2009

Rem Koolhaas on CNN

The BBC recently aired an interview with the architect, Rem Koolhaas, entitled The Architect Planning for the Future. You can also find other interviews and specials relating to architecture by searching the CNN videos page, like this sample search here. You can watch the rest of the special here by clicking on the thumbnails beneath the main video.

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June 23, 2009

CC Zero and Public Domain

If you're creating an image, music or other type of creative work that you wish to designate as copyright free, how do you do so? Creative Commons has a copyright designation called CC0 which allows you to mark even newly created work as part of the public domain. Public domain means that anyone can use, alter, and sell the image, film, or music in question. The Stanford University Library Copyright & Fair Use page gives a good explanation of what it means for something to be part of public domain.

Public domain materials can be a great source for adding visual materials to your blog or online courses. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether items are part of the public domain. Digital Inspiration has a post up about using Google, Yahoo, and other sites like Digg to find public domain works. Below are a few other links that might help you determine and find works belonging to the public domain:

Public Domain Flow Chart
Copyright Durations
Cornell listing of Copyright Terms
Creative Commons blog entry including links to Science Commons and more

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May 28, 2009

Art on Air launched

After some restructuring at the MoMA and PS1, the radio station formerly known as WPS1 has become its own entity, Art International Radio (AIR). MoMA and PS1 have agreed to license much of the old material from WPS1 and the staff of AIR are working hard to create new features. You can choose between listening at AIR's website, listening through iTunes, Live365 or Real Player.

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May 01, 2009

Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Process

The Walker Art Center has been in the process of restoring Claus Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry, and we thought we'd take a moment to highlight the event to show how social networking sites allow museums the chance to have a different kind of interaction with their patrons. Whether you follow the Walker Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitpic, you'd have the chance to get updates about lectures, parties, and happenings you might not hear about elsewhere. Many museums are jumping on board with the new technology, so look for links to "follow us" when browsing your favorite museum websites or search for them on your preferred social networks. You might just enjoy behind the scenes workings of museums and announcements like this or this.

All images from Walker Art Center's Flickr stream or Twitpic stream

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April 14, 2009

Zumthor awarded Pritzker Prize

The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been awarded the 2009 Pritzker Prize. From the jury's statement:

"In Zumthor's skillful hands, like those of the consummate craftsman, materials from cedar shingles to sandblasted glass are used ina way that celebrates their own unique qualities, all in the service of an architecture of permanence...In paring down architecture to its barest yet most sumptuous essentials, he has reaffirmed architecture's indispensable place in a fragile world."

See the article in the New York Times, and the accompanying slide show

Image above: Art museum in Bregenz, Austria (1997). Photo, Wolfram Janzer, Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

Top image: Peter Zumthor in front of his home in Haldenstein, Switzerland, Monday April 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

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April 08, 2009


ArtBabble is a video website with only art-related content that went public Tuesday. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has partnered with several other institutions to bring high quality videos of artists and exhibitions to a central site. ArtBabble is simple, user friendly, and reminds its users they don't have to have an art degree to use the content. To help viewers find out more information on artists mentioned or tangential topics, ArtBabble has included a notes panel beside each video. This panel lists links to wikipedia entries for artists mentioned as well as related resources. Try it out today!

Story about the roll out in NYT. Become a Facebook fan of ArtBabble, here.

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March 27, 2009

Smart City Radio

Smart City Radio is a weekly talk show discussing different issues regarding urban life, lifestyle, and sustainability. The host of the show is Carol Coletta, president of CEOs for Cities and internationally recognized urban expert. Some of the recent topic have been Resilient cities, America's Transportation Strategy, and the History of Food. Whether you're a designer, planner, or just someone interested in being green, the weekly show might be a good addition to your podcast subscriptions.

iTunes subscription
mp3 feed

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March 26, 2009

BBC Radio 3 Interviews with Architects

BBC Radio 3 offers interviews with architects and architectural critics for online listening. You can see the archives of Radio 3 Architecture Programs here, and you can find a listing of other architecture-related stories on the BBC, here You may need to download RealPlayer as well as manually download the audio file to listen.

Use the podcast Radio3 directory to subscribe to any programs available world wide.

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March 20, 2009

"The Bird's Nest: Herzog and de Meuron in China"

A free screening of this film will take place at 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 21 in Auditorium A, Angell Hall on central campus!

A film by Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindheim; 2008; 88 minutes (Mandarin and English with English subtitles)

Many events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. Plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by the locals as the “bird’s nest.” This documentary chronicles the five-year effort to build the stadium, as well as Herzog and de Meuron’s design for a new city district in Jinhua, involving hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. In addition to following the progress of both projects, from initial design and groundbreaking, Bird’s Nest features interviews with Herzon and de Meuron, Chinese architects Ai Wei Wei and Yu Qiu Rong, plus additional commentary by cultural advisor Dr. Uli Sigg, the former Swiss Ambassador to China.

Chinese Documentary Film Series
Center for Chinese Studies
University of Michigan

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March 18, 2009

American Institute of Architects on Google Earth

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced a project called America's Favorite Architecture for their 150th anniversary in 2007. After polling over 2,000 of its members, the AIA produced a list of the 150 most beloved structures in America. You can scroll through the list on the project website by ranking, architect, title, or date.

In sticking with our Google theme from the previous post, if you'd like another way to interact with the structures on the list, you can use the America's Favorite Architecture layer in Google earth. All you have to do is type 'America's Favorite Architecture' into the 'fly to' search box. This will give you a list of the structures, and double-clicking on the title of the structure will "fly" you to that location. Many of the structures are rendered in 3D, so you can view all sides of the structure. You can also download 3D models using Google Earth itself or Google Sketchup.

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March 17, 2009

Google SketchUp

Google has become synonymous with searching the internet, but many of us may be less acquainted with other Google offerings. Google SketchUp, as you can see in from the video above is downloadable software that allows you to create 3D models of just about anything. The program is fairly easy to use and can be translated into presentations using LayOut (watch the tutorial here). Dwell Magazine is even sponsoring a design contest using SketchUp models (details).

For more information check out the training page, SketchUp tutorials page, the SketchUp blog, or the SketchUp YouTube channel.

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March 12, 2009

Housing Prototypes is an online collection of various multifamily housing structures. For each housing project, a brief description, images and some plans are listed. You can easily browse by architect, building type, project name, city or country using the left hand navigation bar. Also listed with each project are bibliographies for further research on a particular project. Many of the images aren't high quality, but that shouldn't stop you from being able to use Housing Prototypes as a starting point for thinking about housing developments.

above: View of garden side of Rue des Suisses infill block seen along the garden slab. Herzog, Jacques & Pierre de Meuron. Rue des Suisses. Paris, France image © Roger Sherwood

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March 10, 2009

E2 Series

If you're interested in environmentally conscious design, planning and architecture, the PBS series E2 Design might be of interest to you. The Visual Resources Collection owns season 1, 2, and 3. You can also watch the third season online for the time being at the E2 Design Website.

If you can't completely get you green fix from the episodes, there are PBS E2 podcasts to supplement each segment of the series. The PBS E2 site also provides teachers' guides and project suggestions to accompany the videos if shown in class.

logo above © Kontentreal and displayed here for promotional and educational reasons

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March 03, 2009

Brooklyn Museum and the Crowd as Curator

If you haven't already heard of the Brooklyn Museum's Click! exhibition, you might want to check the website out. The show sprung from the ideas around the intelligence of large groups laid out by the book, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Brooklyn Museum allowed users to log in and vote on images one time and without knowing how others were voting. Based on the results, the museum printed the images to mirror its popularity with the online users. On the results page you can see the images and graphical data on how votes were cast based on location and expertise. Reviews of the show are definitely mixed, but whether you agree with the crowd's selection, what remains regardless of are important questions about how we digest art in the 21st century, the differences between curatorial expertise and the average person, and where the failures of current curatorial practices might be.

Listen to a discussion of the exhibition below:

Image above: screen shot of the virtual tour of the Click! Exhibition available of the Brooklyn Museum's website

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February 26, 2009

David Rumsey Historical Maps

The David Rumsey Cartography Collection is a large resource for finding historical maps. Over 13,600 maps make up the collection. The collection consists mostly of items from the 18th and 19th century Americas like maritime charts, atlases, and globes. Many items from the collection are integrated with Google Earth. The maps are overlaid on contemporary images, and you can change the transparency of the maps to see how the areas have changed. You can view the maps from the collection website. If you'd like, you can even visit the collection in Second Life.

Also listed on the cartography collections page are several universities' map collections. All of the collections are available from computers located on the university campus with only two being inaccessible from non-university computers.

image: Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son, Military Portraits. Glossary Of War Terms, Maps, Arms, Etc. (Map of) Maryland, Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, Etc., Etc. Published by H.H. Lloyd & Co., 25 Howard Street, New York. 1861, © David Ramsey Collection

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February 19, 2009

Historic American Buildings Survey & Historic American Engineering Record

The Library of Congress Memory Project has many interesting collections within it. One of the most useful might be the Built in America Collection. This collection hosts over half a million images, drawings and records for historic American structures dating all the way back to pre-Columbian times. It's the online access point for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and the Historic American Landscapes Survey. You can visit the collection highlights page, where a sample from each of the fifty states is listed.

Image above: Interior Banking Room wall murals, Union Trust (Guardian) Building, Detroit, MI © Allen Stross

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February 03, 2009

Museum of Online Museums

Looking for something that doesn't fit neatly into a museum collection? Interested in vintage japanese robots? Or maybe you just want to peruse some images of boomboxes? Or maybe just want to see what a slide rule looks like?

The Museum of Online Museums is a listing of several different online resources. Some of them are standard like MoMA or the Rhode Island School of Design. Others are less well known but valuable like the National Portrait Gallery, and still others are obscure but might just suit your fancy. The list is a great place to check if you're having a hard time finding images in other resources. It helps fill in the gaps that some of the more academic sources might leave out. It's a great place to browse for ideas and new inspirations.

image: Mechagodzilla, Vintage Japanese Robots Collection, Wired photo © Richard Nichol

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January 15, 2009

Quick Time Videos in ARTstor

Through a partnership with Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archeaology, ARTstor now offers Quick Time Virtual Reality images known by their acronym as QTVR. These virtual reality nodes allow the viewer to experience the architectural space in 360º. The Visual Media Center a division of the Art & Archeaology department has documented many important ancient, Renaissance and Baroque architectural sites as well as a handful of contemporary works. You can read more about the project on ARTstor's site, here.

To search for these images, you must go to the advanced search function. Type QTVR in the keyword box and make sure "in any field" is selected from the drop down menu. Once you have your search results, you must click on the link labeled QTVR beneath each thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail alone will give you the simple still frame picture. While there isn't a direct way to download the QTVR clips as there is with the images, you can link to the QTVR in presentations or use QuickTime Pro to download the virtual realty clip.

Image: Le Corbusier, Church of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France © Columbia University Visual Media Center, photographed by Andrew Tallon

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January 08, 2009

Lantern Slide Collections

Before there were digital images, glass or Plexiglas slides, there were lantern slides. Lantern slides are larger than more modern film-based slides and usually have dimensions between 3" and 4". Sometimes the slide is developed directly onto emulsion coated on the glass, and other times film is placed between two pieces of glass. In many cases the images are painstakingly hand-colored.

The Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library has its own Collection of Lantern Slides. The majority of the collection has been digitized, but many of the undigitized images are of poor quality, damaged or fragile.

Because lantern slides production ended with the advent of smaller more sturdy glass and film slides, their production ended in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them a great resource for historical images.

Click here to view a sampling of the Lantern Slide Collection.

There are other lantern slide collections available on the web, a good one to check out is the George Eastman House Collection. There is also the Walter McClintock Glass Lantern Slide Collection at Yale.

Click on the image to view information details.

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December 10, 2008

iTunes U

In several of the entries, we've mentioned how particular institutions offer podcasts or streaming audio or video. However, there's also a great source of broader strictly educational material available on iTunes U. Many students and faculty may already be using the University of Michigan materials located on iTunes U, whether public lectures or private course offerings.

The Penny W. Stamps Lectures as well as TCAUP lectures are frequently posted to iTunes U, but access to audio and video podcasts through iTunes U is not limited only to University of Michigan programs. Many museums and other Universities also post lectures or instructional videos. In the Fine Arts category, for example, you can find everything from lectures on Rembrandt to demonstrations of how to use Final Cut Pro or Dreamweaver.

If you want to find lectures or performances from a museum, click the "Beyond Campus" button on the left of the screen, this will bring you to a list that includes institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the National Science Digital Library. So, whether you're a mac or pc person, art student, chemistry major or engineering grad, there's something on iTunes U for you.

If you're a faculty member and are interested in offering extra items or recordings of your lectures on iTunes U contact: Make sure to check out the contribute page on Michigan's iTunes U for copyright policies and other instructions.

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December 09, 2008

Met Timeline of Art History

There are a lot of times where you might need to find an example of a style or art work from a period, and you aren't looking for a specific artwork. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History is a great basic resource for getting an overview of a specific part of art and architecture history.

The Timeline of Art History is generally a good starting point. If you're looking for an image with a certain type of style, but you don't really know any artist's names, you can find the style or period on the Timeline and use the information to search more specifically on other image databases such as ARTstor.

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November 25, 2008

Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

I.M Pei's last major cultural work was inaugurated last weekend in Doha, Qatar: the Museum of Islamic Art. Situated on an island off the main waterfront, the museum evokes the traditional elements of Islamic architecture with a modern, cubist sensibility.

The image of the lobby above, from AP Images, illustrates the interior and lighting design by Jean-Michelle Wilmotte (who also worked with Pei on the Pyramide du Louvre).

The Museum's collections cover textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, sculpture and other decorative arts of the Islamic world from the 7th century to present day.

For more images of the building and its collections, see the Museum of Islamic Art website and the recent article in the New York Times.

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November 14, 2008


Catena is a digital image database of historical gardens and landscapes. The newly remodeled site includes their collection of photographs, drawings, and excerpts from texts. Catena is a good supplement to landscape studies and fills a niche that many strictly architecture or art image databases do not. Searches can be done for location, the type of garden/landscape element, period, and type of image in addition to the usual creator, title and keyword searches. The new design makes browsing the collection much more user-friendly than before.

Other highlights of the remodel include interactive plans of a few key villas and gardens and excerpts from rare books available in the image viewer. Look below the fold for more images from Catena's collection.

image: Garden and palace near the villa of Tivoli, Dupérac, Etienne, etching, (1525-1604) © Bard Graduate Center

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November 06, 2008

BBC Audio Interviews

As one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world, the BBC has a wide range and depth of information to offer. A subsection of the company, BBC Four, is one of the many BBC channels and focuses on programs of cultural interest. On their website is a small archives of historical audio interviews. The interviewees include such figures as Mies van der Rohe, Bob Marley, the Dalai Lama, and Salvador Dali. Many of the sound clips are brief but might be ideal for using in a presentation or lecture for class. The site uses Real Player or Windows Media Player, so you'll need to download one of those here if you don't already have it on your computer.

Read further for links to interviews in specific subjects.

Above image: Ted Husing and Dink Templeton listen to BBC broadcast in the Laguardia Airport, 1948 © AP


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October 28, 2008

Archives of American Art

Ever looking for images of more than just an artist's work? Researching his or her biography and need some personal photographs, or maybe you're curious about the correspondence between two artists? Most of the big Art and Architecture image databases focus primarily on images of a person's work, so these types of personal images can sometimes be hard to find. However, the Smithsonian Institute's Archives of American Art is a great resource on the lives of American artists. The archive consists of interviews, letters, photographs. It's true that many of these items are only available on microfilm through interlibrary loan, but the extra trouble might be well worth it.

Read further for image copyright info and links within the Archives of American Art.

Collections of Individuals
Special Focus Guides
Oral History Interviews, some with sound clips from interviews
Collections by Artists' Groups (such as the Guerrilla Girls)
October is Archives Month!

image © info: top: [Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach], ca. 1952 / unidentified photographer. © Archives of American Art. bottom: [Jackson Pollock holding a can of paint], 1950 / Rudy Burckhardt, photographer. © Archives of American Art.

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October 22, 2008

David Clovers Lecture

Above is an image from the exhibition, Matters of Space, which David Clovers is currently participating in at Artists Space in Manhattan. David Clovers is the architectural firm of the two visiting professors, David Eardman and Clover Lee. The duo will be lecturing for TCAUP this Friday at 6:00pm.

Collaboration with C.E.B. Reas at Artists Space in NYC

David Erdman and Thom Mayne"Two Generations: A Conversation" ArcCa, 2008, no. 1

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture 2008 which Lee Clovers participated in this past January with Rice University

"Design Intelligence, part 9: servo" A + U: architecture and urbanism, 2003 Aug., n.8(395), p.138-145 (can be found on the second floor of AAE Library (NA 9000 .A13)

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October 13, 2008

Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu

image: Urban Pastoral © Eskyiu

Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu, founders of Eskyiu, a firm involved in design for communities incorporating technology and creativity to meet urban needs. Their Urban Pastoral project is currently on display at the Hong Kong Pavilion 11th Venice Architecture Biennale International Exhibition. Their collective work investigates new ways of community interaction and urban living.

They will be lecturing for TCAUP today at 6:00pm in the Art & Architecture Lecture Hall. For more information, read further.

Venice Biennale Hong Kong Pavilion (featured under the 'exhibits' and then 'landscape' tabs)

"Taking It to the Street." Architectural Record 2006 June, v.194

Bullviant, Lucy. "Beyond the Kiosk." Architectural Design, vol. 77 iss. 4

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October 01, 2008

Matthias Sauerbruch at TCAUP

Notable architect, Matthias Sauerbruch will be lecturing at the TCAUP John Dinkeloo Lecture, Monday Oct. 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Ever since the architect's firm, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, was founded, they have been gaining attention and winning design competitions. Sauerbruch Hutton Architects integrate color, curvature, and patterning to create buildings that respond both to their landscape and the needs of those inhabiting the space. Possibly one of the largest and best-known projects the firm has completed is the Federal Environmental Agency in Dessau, Germany. The building has been structured in such a way that about half of its offices have a view of courtyards within the building.

To see more images and find articles and links on Matthias Sauerbruch, please keep reading.

Portfolio of Sauerbruch images
from the AAEL Image Database.

See more images of Sauerbruch Hutton Architects' Designs at their flickr photo stream.

Juror Profile for the Velux award

Merton, Jayne. "Sauerbach Hutton: Practice Profile." Architectural Design, 2006 Nov.-Dec., v.76, n.6, p.[120]-127. (Must be a UM user to gain access)

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects 1997-2003: Against Type. El Croquis, no. 114, pt. 1 Item available at the Reserves Desk on the 2nd floor of the AAE Library (NA 5 .C71 no.114 pt.1)

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September 25, 2008

Home Delivery: Prefab Houses & MOMA videos on the web

Video and many others available via the MOMA user homepage on YouTube.

Over the summer, the Museum of Modern Art has been hosting an exhibition called Home Delivery in the empty lot adjacent the museum. Five different groups from the U.S. and Europe erected homes on the site with emphasis on issues ranging from sustainability to disaster relief.

For more information, articles, and videos on the exhibition, keep reading.

NPR segment on the exhibition and Prefabricated Housing

MOMA's YouTube site with all the videos for the exhibition

New York Times article announcing the exhibtion

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September 23, 2008

Herbert Dreiseitl to lectures at TCAUP

image copyright GreenWorks, PC, Tanner Springs Park, Portland, OR

Herbert Dreiseitl will be lecturing tomorrow in the Art & Architecture Building's Lecture Hall at 6:00pm. Formally trained as an artist, Dreiseitl's interests lead him to pursue a career in landscape architecture. His firm, Atelier Dreiseitl, was founded in 1980 and focuses on water management and sustainability.

Below the fold are links to articles about Dreiseitl and the influential books he's written on the subject of waterscapes. You can also search the library's holdings by going to the Mirlyn homepage and selecting the Find Articles link at the top of the page.

Books by Herbert Dreiseitl

New waterscapes : planning, building and designing with water; published Basel, 2005

Waterscapes : planning, building and designing with water; published Basel, 2001

More information on Herbert Dreiseitl

Metropolis March 2006

Metropolis February 2008

"New Waterscapes for Singapore" Topos, no. 59 p24-30

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September 19, 2008

Use M-Tagger for Images!

Try the new M-Tagger tool to tag images in the AAEL VRC Online Image Collection. You can then search for your tags and find the images you've tagged. You can tag with words that describe the image or you might tag with a course name or number for which that image is relevant.

Simply go to the collection, conduct your search, click on a thumbnail and then click on Tag This Page!

To search tags (your own or all tags), simply go to the MTagger Search Page or to any image and click on the Search Tags link in the MTagger window.

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September 11, 2008

Looking for images that don't fit in neat subject categories?

Try AP Images. AP Images provides 100's of 1,000s of images from newspapers, magazines, and online news sources. You can search in several news categories (national, international, sports, etc.). You might want to browse through some of their historical image groups (i.e., Man on the Moon, Jazz Greats, Early Computers, etc.).

When searching for images in AP Images, remember that you're searching through captions, so choose words that you might expect to find describing the image you're hoping to find. For example, if you don't find what you need with "tornado," try "funnel cloud." Remember to search common abbreviations in addition to words. For instance, searching for WTC New York will find different and additional images from a search for World Trade Center New York.

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ARTstor Training Session -- Oct. 10th

Needing high quality images for teaching? Interested in learning how to search for images and teach with ARTstor? Come to the training session on October 10th at the Faculty Exploratory in the Graduate Library. To register:

Questions? Contact Rebecca Price : 647-5274 or rpw at

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September 10, 2008

Changes to ARTstor

ARTstor is one of the most extensive databases of digital images available; unfortunately, until now, many shied away from using the source regularly because its old format was cumbersome. Thanks to changes in the site unveiled over the summer, the navigability of ARTstor's collections has been vastly improved.

One of the most helpful additions to the ARTstor page is the new browsing function. You can now browse by location, collection or media. These classifications are then broken down even farther to refine your browsing.

ARTstor is available from any computer without logging on as long as you are on campus. If you wish to access ARTstor from home, you will need to create an account with your umich email address. For more information on registering, please go to the ARTstor webite's information page here. Or view the above video and other instructional ARTstor videos on YouTube.

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