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.”
New York Times: How Virtual Reality is Augmenting Realty. “There has never been a more likely moment for virtual and augmented reality to move beyond showroom demonstrations, not just in the increasingly digital buying and selling process, but also in design and construction, which remain stubbornly analog. Just ask the contractor lugging rolls of paper plans to construction sites.”
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.
Society of Architectural Historians: Society of Architectural Historians and UVA Press Launch Open-Access SAH Archipedia. “SAH Archipedia contains histories, photographs and maps for over 20,000 structures and places, and showcases the richness and diversity of architecture and landscapes throughout the U.S. Building entries include scholar-written, peer-reviewed narrative histories, photographs, precise geospatial coordinates using Google Maps/OpenStreetMap, and structural and descriptive metadata that includes semantic tags for architects and firms, periods, styles, materials and types.”