University of Texas at Austin: Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections. “At launch, the portal highlights two of the Libraries’ most notable collections: the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Alexander Architectural Archives. The portal contains various materials like scanned photographs, manuscripts, books, broadsides, architectural drawings and maps. Further content is constantly being added, including digitized maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection and material for scholarly research from the Libraries’ Global Studies Collections. All content in the portal is being indexed by search engines, significantly improving searchability and discoverability.”
CNRS: A Digital Twin for Notre-Dame. “Creating a Google Earth of sorts for the cathedral of Paris, that is the ambitious project of a team of researchers. Their objective is clear: to gather all past and future knowledge about the structure within a collaborative platform.”
New-to-me, from Daily Commercial News: TOBuilt: a new tool for construction reno planning. “TOBuilt, a crowd-sourced database with information and images of 11,500 buildings in Toronto, is proving to be a valuable research resource to architects, builders and consultants planning to add or renovate existing buildings.”
Illinois News Bureau: 100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archived. “The history of architecture education at the University of Illinois – and of architectural styles and cultural values over a 100-year period – sits behind a low doorway into a flood-prone basement room in the Architecture Building…. Architecture professor Marci Uihlein is working with University Archives and the University Library’s Preservation Services to catalog 1,600 drawings representing 775 student projects, do any necessary preservation work and move them to the Archives’ collections.”
Art Daily: The Student Work Collection database showcases nearly a century of architecture pedagogy. “The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art launches its online Student Work Collection database, which represents over eight decades of The Cooper Union’s experimental, influential approach to architectural education.”
The Peninsula (Qatar): Gulf architecture conference and exhibition concludes at Qatar National Library. “These events announced the start of the Library’s recently-launched Gulf Architecture Project (GAP). GAP is a collaborative project between local and international partners to create an online digital collection of historical photographs, films and audio recordings, drawings, maps, and 3D models of the architectural heritage of Qatar and the Gulf region, with supporting research and publications, for the Qatar Digital Library … the largest digital archive on the Middle East, operated by the Library.”
University of Queensland: Combatting combustible cladding hazards. “University of Queensland engineering researchers have developed a database of building materials to help industry professionals assess the risk of combustible cladding and boost the safety of our homes and workplaces. The cladding database, which is the first in the world, contains the needed flammability data for a range of materials used in Queensland’s publicly-owned buildings.” Cladding not ringing a bell? It’s one of the reasons the Grenfell Tower fire was believed to be so deadly.