Architectural Digest: Inside the Leading Design-Forward Museums Opening This Year. “The top museums opening in 2020 vary in design, but they have one thing in common: Each has been built and reconstructed with the goal of having its spaces first serve the art and artifacts within. From the much-anticipated Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs to London’s beloved Museum of the Home (reopening this spring after a top-down, two-year overhaul), here are the design-forward museums debuting this year that are worth traveling for.” A little outside my wheelhouse, but some beautiful buildings here.
The Harold: Launch of long-awaited Havana Archive Project!!!. “The Hampshire College Library is thrilled to announce the launch of the Havana Archive Project, an Open Access digital photographic archive containing over 8,000 photographs of the 1,055 most significant buildings in the Historic Center of Havana, Cuba (as determined by Dr. Eusabio Leal, Director of the Office of the Historian) at the beginning of the restoration of Havana in the early 1980s.”
Washington State University: WSU to debut online resource for touring state’s most iconic buildings. “The free, public presentation will launch the Washington-based content for ‘SAH Archipedia,’ an online encyclopedia of the U.S. built environment, containing histories, photographs and maps for more than 20,000 structures, buildings and places.”
Oklahoman: Art Works: Four Oklahoma institutions receive NEA funding for creative projects. “The University of Oklahoma is receiving a $20,000 NEA grant to support the creation of an interactive online architectural history database about the American School of Architecture, which was developed there in the 1950s and ’60s.”
Canadian Architect: World Green Building Council Launches Digital Library of Sustainable Buildings. “The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has released a new digital case study library showcasing examples of cutting-edge sustainable buildings. Each case study demonstrates enhanced performance in relation to health benefits or net zero operational carbon achievements. According to the WorldGBC, the studies are verified by established certification schemes, rating tools or other third-party verification.”
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.”
Architectural Digest: Urban Archive Brings New York’s Fascinating Hidden History to Life. “Wondering where the oldest standing farmhouse is? Or what was on the patch of land now occupied by the main branch of the New York Public Library? Or even what building used to be right where that newly built condominium exists now? Urban Archive, the just-launched website version of a popular app created in 2017, has some fascinating answers. Working with about 60 New York institutions, Urban Archive, a nonprofit startup, has to date mapped 91,351 images across 34,977 locations throughout the city’s five boroughs.”
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.”
Biomass Magazine: New app helps design buildings that use biomass for heat. “The Biomass Ready tool helps builders, architects, engineers, planners and others in the building trade to design new buildings that can incorporate biomass as a heating source. Biomass is woody plant material, derived from the trunks and branches of trees.” Like firewood? Yeah, like firewood.
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.”