WJLA: Smithsonian hints at reopening of Arts and Industries Building after 15-year closure

WJLA: Smithsonian hints at reopening of Arts and Industries Building after 15-year closure. “It seems as if new life is finally being breathed into the Smithsonian’s second-oldest building, which has been closed since 2006. On the National Mall, the Arts and Industries Building is nestled between the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Museum. A new Twitter account was launched Monday morning.”

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light. “On the campus of Kennesaw State University, a disturbing era of Georgia history is now in plain view. ‘There were separate waiting rooms. Separate pharmacies. Entrances. Everything,’ Helen Thomas said. Thomas oversees the university archives. Along with the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia, she has gone online with the blueprints of hospitals built in the state during the 1940′s and 50′s.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Digital archive will save memories of the doomed Utah Theater, but preservationists would rather save the playhouse itself

Salt Lake Tribune: Digital archive will save memories of the doomed Utah Theater, but preservationists would rather save the playhouse itself. “Virtual-reality tours and 3D scans, drone video footage, watercolors, charcoal sketches and a mountain of historical documents, photos, streetscapes, playbills and news reports are now part of a copious visual and written record. The venerable hall has been damaged and shuttered for years, and the new repository is the public’s most recent glimpse inside. For those who had hoped to save the historic theater, the archive brought mixed emotions.”

Business Wire: Introducing Building Transparency, An Open-Access Resource for Evaluating and Managing Embodied Carbon Across the Building Industry (PRESS RELEASE)

Business Wire: Introducing Building Transparency, An Open-Access Resource for Evaluating and Managing Embodied Carbon Across the Building Industry (PRESS RELEASE). “Building Transparency announces today its suite of open access data and tools that support broad and swift action across the building industry in addressing embodied carbon’s role in climate change. Through its free and easy-to-use resources, Building Transparency aims to help reduce embodied carbon emissions in the fight against global warming and foster a better building future.”

Tenement Tiles: Online archive collects images of Glasgow’s most creative closes (Glasgow Times)

Glasgow Times: Tenement Tiles: Online archive collects images of Glasgow’s most creative closes. “WHEN you think of Glasgow, you think of tenement flats. The iconic architecture, which is synonymous across the West of Scotland, often tells the history of the city despite being hidden behind close doors, and now one enthusiast is helping to bring it to the masses. Zan Phee, 36, runs Tenement Tiles, an online archive which curates pictures from some of the most intricate and artistic tenement designs, which she created in 2015.”

Travel + Leisure: This Instagram Account Shows You the Most Insane Home Listings on Zillow

Travel + Leisure: This Instagram Account Shows You the Most Insane Home Listings on Zillow. “If you’ve spent any time on the internet during the pandemic, odds are you’ve found yourself scrolling through Zillow listings a time or two. And, if you check Zillow listings daily, don’t worry. You’re not alone. According to The New York Times, Zillow usage is up more than 50 percent year-over-year. But, while looking through the listings, you’ve likely also found yourself saying ‘what the…’ about some of the truly zany homes with million-dollar price tags.”

Architectural Digest: There’s Now an Online Museum Dedicated Entirely to Diagonal Lines (Yes, Really)

Architectural Digest: There’s Now an Online Museum Dedicated Entirely to Diagonal Lines (Yes, Really). “Joel Levinson was in his second year of architecture studies at the University of Pennsylvania when he overheard two students speaking as if they were up to no good. These being fellow building buffs, however, their illicit conversation turned out to be a far cry from planning house parties while perched in the library stacks. Instead, the whispered dialogue was more of the drafting table variety: ‘They were talking about attaching triangular shapes into their otherwise orthogonal, blocky building designs,’ Levinson recalls. At the time, Levinson was intrigued. But today, he credits the moment with catalyzing his lifelong interest in what he refers to as ‘diagonality,’ or put more simply, the study of diagonal lines.”

Hindustan Times: Inspired by World War II photographers, Syrian archives pictures of Damascus homes to preserve them

Hindustan Times: Inspired by World War II photographers, Syrian archives pictures of Damascus homes to preserve them. “35-year-old Rania Kataf creates a digital archive of the buildings of Old Damascus, Syria’s war-torn capital, after being ‘inspired by European photographers who tried to document buildings in their cities during the Second World War so architects could later rebuild part of them’”

Arch Daily: A New Web-Based Archive Provides Navigable 3D Models and Drawings of Selected Projects

Arch Daily: A New Web-Based Archive Provides Navigable 3D Models and Drawings of Selected Projects. “Architectural References Online is a web-based archive for three-dimensional, navigable model photos of select projects in architectural history. Initiated by Marc Frohn as the head of the chair Raum + Entwerfen and developed together with Tim Panzer, the models and drawings were produced by students at the Architecture School of Karlsruher Institut für Technologie.”

PR Newswire: Open-Source enVerid COVID-19 Energy Estimator Available for Building Engineers (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Open-Source enVerid COVID-19 Energy Estimator Available for Building Engineers (PRESS RELEASE). “enVerid Systems, a leading provider of indoor air quality solutions, today shared a new tool to calculate energy, costs and carbon impact of various HVAC strategies for mitigating airborne transmission of COVID-19. The free, open-source enVerid COVID-19 Energy Estimator allows building owners, mechanical engineers, and facility managers to quickly gain a more complete picture of the risk, costs, and carbon impacts of different ventilation and filtration approaches.”

Find Los Russian & Ukrainian Family: Photo database of more than 20,000 Russian churches brings new life to genealogy

Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family: Photo database of more than 20,000 Russian churches brings new life to genealogy. “The tragic history of destroying churches in Russia cannot be forgotten. Thankfully, volunteers in Russia are photographing the churches still standing throughout the massive country. So far, the Temples of Russia project has more than 26,000 photos of Russian Orthodox and Old Believers churches and chapels in its database. The amazing database has churches that are functioning, closed and forgotten. Photos were even added today.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive. “… the Archive documents how the architecture and design communities have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the purposes of the Archive, the design and architecture communities are defined as practitioners and organizations who play a role in shaping public space and the built environment, including: architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and artists. Materials included come from a wide variety of sites, such as national organizations, professional and personal blogs, interviews, design firms, and cultural heritage institutions.”

Orthodox Christianity: Russian Church creating digital archive of ruined monuments of Church architecture

Orthodox Christianity: Russian Church creating digital archive of ruined monuments of Church architecture. “On Sunday, September 13, a moleben was held after the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Martyr Clement of Rome in Moscow on the occasion of the launch of significant new Church-wide project devoted to the many ruined churches and monasteries throughout Russia.”