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. “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. “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. “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. “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 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.”
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.