IT News: NSW Spatial Services turns $60m image archive into free 3D models

IT News: NSW Spatial Services turns $60m image archive into free 3D models. “The official public source of land information in NSW, Spatial Services, is turning its 70-year backlog of aerial photography into a 3D digital database for developers, conservationists and historians to understand how the state has changed.”

Brownstoner: See What Your Home Once Looked Like With Newly Digitized 1940s Tax Photos

Brownstoner: See What Your Home Once Looked Like With Newly Digitized 1940s Tax Photos. “In a major boon for researchers, New York City history aficionados and old building lovers, the New York City Department of Records & Information Services has released a treasure trove of visual material online. The digitization of 720,000 images from the circa 1940 tax photo collection means a photograph of every building in the city at the time is now available to peruse online.”

Opbmusic: New Nonprofit Works to Make Concerts More Accessible

Opbmusic: New Nonprofit Works to Make Concerts More Accessible. “For most of her concert-going life, [Cassie] Wilson would attend shows in non-accessible spots and brace herself for crowd surfers and other hazards that concert audiences bring. After a particularly intensive back surgery, Wilson started to care more for her own safety at shows, so she sought out ADA designated spaces. But she found a discrepancy between her experiences at venues and the experiences of those who don’t need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities act. In 2016, Wilson founded the nonprofit Half Access, which aims to start a conversation between music venues, audience members and bands about accessibility at concert venues.”

Getty Iris: Conservation and Technical Reports for Modern Buildings Now Freely Available Online

Getty Iris: Conservation and Technical Reports for Modern Buildings Now Freely Available Online. “Established in 2014, Keeping it Modern is an initiative of the Getty Foundation that supports the conservation of twentieth-century architecture around the world. Experimentation with materials and construction techniques during this era resulted in great architectural innovation, but they were often untested and have presented complex conservation challenges with age…. Now the Getty Foundation has launched the Keeping It Modern Report Library with the first 20 completed reports, free to download and use by practitioners in the field or anyone interested in cultural heritage preservation.”

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.”

BGR: History buffs will love this site that maps the oldest building in every U.S. state

BGR: History buffs will love this site that maps the oldest building in every U.S. state. “We report so much on the bleeding edge of all things tech, but there’s another story on the far opposite side of that world that’s just as fascinating and as relevant to everything we see around us today. We’re talking about history — more specifically, the history of the built environment, which is the focus of one site that’s gone ahead and mapped the oldest still-intact structure in all 50 states.”

Gulf News: The past will be the future

Gulf News: The past will be the future. “[Yusuf] Shegow is the founder of Somali Architecture, a project that digitally recreates buildings and monuments from Mogadishu’s pre-war age, presenting a positive vision of a city that was once a flourishing economic and cultural capital — and could be again. Their work includes an ambitious set of 3D digital models of prominent buildings now largely destroyed, created by Shegow after years of archival research.”