Archinect: Paul Revere Williams archive acquired by USC School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute

Archinect: Paul Revere Williams archive acquired by USC School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute. “The architectural archives of prolific 20th century architect Paul Revere Williams, long thought to have been lost to fire during the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, have been jointly acquired by the University of Southern California School of Architecture and the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Rather than being lost, however, according to an announcement published by the Getty Research Institute, the archive had been ‘meticulously cared for by Karen Elyse Hudson, Williams’ granddaughter, who has published extensively on his work.'”

Archinect: NMAAHC launches initiative to celebrate the work of Black architects

Archinect: NMAAHC launches initiative to celebrate the work of Black architects. “The National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched Rendering Visible, a digital collecting initiative intended to celebrate the ‘creative production’ of Black architects.”

Archinect: AIA publishes COVID-19 database to share best practices in hospital conversion design

Archinect: AIA publishes COVID-19 database to share best practices in hospital conversion design. “The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is currently assembling a database containing information on the health care facilities, both traditional and temporary, and the design professionals around the world mobilizing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, AIA announced the creation of an internal COVID-19 task force that seeks to provide expert advice on how existing buildings can be rapidly converted for temporary hospital use.”

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.. “This collection documents the history and work of the Boston-based architectural firm founded in 1925 by Royal Barry Wills, one of America’s most popular architects and master of the Cape Cod-style house. From the 1920s to the 1960s, Wills designed 2,500 single-family residences, authored eight books about architecture, hosted a radio program, lectured widely, received numerous awards, supplied ‘Home Building Plans’ for a number of newspapers, and was the subject of feature articles in Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. In 2013 Wills’ son Richard donated the majority of the company archives to Historic New England.”

Broadway World: City Of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs Launches Online Archive For Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Broadway World: City Of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs Launches Online Archive For Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. “The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), with support from the California Arts Council, announces the Hollyhock House Digital Archive. The archive, which is free and open to the public, encompasses over 500 works that include original drawings, blueprints, and ephemera, which date from 1918 through the early 21st century.”

Floornature: 100 years of Vico Magistretti – 1920/2020

Floornature: 100 years of Vico Magistretti – 1920/2020. “The new year started with an important event for the Fondazione Studio Museo Vico Magistretti: on January 7, the website of Studio Magistretti’s digital archive went online. The database contains more than 30,000 accessible documents and over 450 projects designed by the Milanese architect, a geo-localised map of his architectures and 10 research roadmaps across the entire archive’s contents.”

The Most Important New Tool for Architects: Instagram (ArchDaily)

ArchDaily: The Most Important New Tool for Architects: Instagram. “In the current iteration of our digital age, Instagram is king in the social media. Boasting 1 billion (yes, with a ‘b’) active monthly users, if you are a business and not on Instagram, you are missing out. Given the visual nature of the platform, architects and designers have flocked to the platform, using it to market their work, promote new ideas, and even pull in commissions. Other aggregator accounts use the platform to find and foster new talent, creating an entirely digital architectural community that is open to all.”

AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism

AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism. “Not all VR is about imagining new, fantastical realities. It also enables people to explore the real world without leaving the house — or even the couch. This summer, Taliesin West, the Scottsdale landmark and winter home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, added to this ever-growing online library of re-created reality when it launched an immersive ‘digital experience’ that can be viewed on 3-D goggles or by pointing and clicking on a computer screen.”

Arch Daily: Álvaro Siza’s Full Personal Archive Released for Free Online Browsing

Arch Daily: Álvaro Siza’s Full Personal Archive Released for Free Online Browsing. “A’s extensive personal archive of built and unbuilt projects is going online with free access, thanks to the collaboration between three institutions – the Serralves Foundation in Oporto, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. Siza donated his archive to the three institutions in 2014, and after three years of archival work, the first batch of entries are set for public viewing.”

Architect: New Website Celebrates 50 Trailblazing Women in American Architecture

Architect: New Website Celebrates 50 Trailblazing Women in American Architecture. “Believed to be the second African-American woman licensed as an architect in the U.S., Topeka, Kan.–born Georgia Louise Harris Brown (1918-99) emigrated to Brazil because it offered greater opportunities for women of color. She is one of 50 women profiled in the new website Pioneering Women of American Architecture, launched by the New York–based Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) last week.”

Ecns: Baidu to launch the world’s first digital museum (Antoni Gaudí)

Ecns: Baidu to launch the world’s first digital museum. “Interested in examining every brick and curve of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church and Casa Milà building without actually flying to Spain? The launch of the first ever Gaudí online museum may soon make this a reality. At a press conference held last week at the Gaudí-designed Episcopal Palace of Astorga in Spain, Baidu Baike, the online Chinese-language collaborative encyclopedia platform owned by China’s Internet giant Baidu Inc, announced that it would be launching the world’s first digital museum of Gaudí’s works in November. The project is being completed with the cooperation of the China-based Gaudí Asia-Pacific Research Institute and the Gaudí World Congress, the five-year-old annual session co-founded by the Gaudí Research Institute.”

Oxford Brookes University: Exclusive architecture image library by Paul Oliver to be launched

Oxford Brookes University: Exclusive architecture image library by Paul Oliver to be launched . “Oxford Brookes University is launching an architectural image library comprising of over 20,000 images of celebrated art historian Professor Paul Oliver MBE. The University recently paid tribute to Paul in August when he sadly passed away aged 90. Paul, who taught at various institutions during his career including Oxford Brookes, was an expert in vernacular architecture, producing the monumental Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Cambridge University Press), which won the Sir Bannister Fletcher Award for Art and Architecture in 1998.”

Royal Institute of British Architects Launches Image Archive

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched an online image archive. “Established in 2005 by Robert Elwall with just 5000 images, RIBApix is today a stunning collection of over 85,000 digital architectural images including hundreds from Australia. Sourced from the British Architectural Library, the RIBApix content features the work of some of the world’s top architecture photographers including Eric de Maré, Edwin Smith, John Donat, Dell & Wainwright and Tony Ray-Jones.” Apparently this extended archive was launched in November but I missed it.