Architecture Resources

  • ARCAT 300,000 pages of building product information for the architectural and spec writing communities. Searchable by company/trade name or by product type.
  • all about architecture: RIBA  One of the world's most extensive built environment portals, all courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The online catalogue includes an index to over 300 architectural periodicals held in the RIBA Library as well as the catalogue of the books, audio visual materials, photographs, drawings, and manuscripts acquired by the RIBA Library. It also has a biographical database of architects.
  • Archnet A globally-accessible resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. Archnet is a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries.
  • Asian Historical Architecture A photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage with over 9000 photos of 595 sites in eighteen countries, and includes background information and virtual tours. This website is a collection of photos from many different contributors.
  • BuildingGreen Suite offers articles, case studies and links to information on sustainable design issues, strategies, green building products, and current projects.
  • Catena: Digitial Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes  A searchable collection of historic and contemporary images of historic gardens and landscapes that include plans, engravings, paintings, and photographs along with historic documents and bibliography.
  • Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance  This multi-tiered database has more than 20,000 Renaissance Documents (inventories, guide books, lives of artists, archival documents, etc.) related to more than 10,000 Antique Monuments (sculptures, architecture, vases, etc.) that are accompanied by 30,000 photographs or illustrations. The collection of images includes: drawings, sketchbooks, paintings, engravings, sculpture, medals, applied arts, etc. The database can be utilized for its collection of images, but more extensive information is provided in the database. Monuments, their preservation history, provenance history, and other relevant information are accompanied by bibliographic citations.
  • Chartres: Cathedral of Notre Dame Working with the ULS Digital Research Library, Dr. Alison Stones (Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh) created this comprehensive online image collection documenting the architecture, sculpture and stained glass of the Cathedral of Chartres, one of the most important monuments of Europe's cultural heritage. The image collection contains over three thousand images that can be searched by descriptive keyword or browsed by logical arrangement. All of the images can be displayed at a very high-resolution (3000 ppi).
  • Chicago Landmarks The Commission on Chicago Landmarks recommends to the City Council individual buildings, sites, objects, or entire districts to be designated as Chicago Landmarks, thereby providing legal protection. To be recommended, a building or district must meet at least two of the following criteria: critical part of Chicago's heritage, site of a significant event, association with a significant person, important architecture, important architect, distinctive theme as a district, or unique visual feature. It must also retain a high degree of architectural integrity. As of Jan. 1, 2005, 259 Chicago Landmarks have been designated by the City Council, including 217 individual designations, 38 landmark districts, and four district extensions, totaling 6,500 properties.
  • Cities & Buildings Database A collection of over 5000 digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world, available to students, researchers and educators on the web. The images have been scanned from original slides or drawn from documents in the public domain. Researchers can search for buildings by country, city, style, title, architect, date of construction, as well as other fields.
  • CMD First Source Provides architectural, engineering and construction professionals free access to the industry's most comprehensive, up-to-date library of formatted commercial building product information, plus manufacturers' addresses, telephone numbers, trade names, and regional distributors. Users can search by: product, CSI code, manufacturer name, or general word search. Also the site for the Reed Design Registry, a directory of architectural firm that is searchable by name, location or focus.
  • CUBE: Center for Understanding the Built Environment A project that specializes in community-based education bringing together educators, kids and community partners to effect change. Website offers activities and resources to carry out appropriate community outreach projects.
  • Cyburbia--The Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center A portal site for urban planners and others interested in cities and the built environment, contains a selective directory of Internet resources relevant to planning and urbanism. Cyburbia also includes information about mailing lists and newsgroups, and it hosts a very active bulletin board and image hosting gallery.
  • e-Architect A daily newssheet with job postings, resumes, and professional news.
  • Emporis A database on architectural and building data with the goal of indexing all buildings and structures worldwide. It includes technical data, interesting facts, and photos for included buildings.
  • The Great Buildings Collection This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.
  • Green Builder: Sustainable Sources An online resource center for sustainablity - specifically, green building, sustainable agriculture, and responsible planning. Includes a directory of professionals, a building sourcebook, an event calendar, online forums, a materials exchange and more.
  • Historic American Landscape Survey A yet-to-be-funded project of the National Parks Service, HALS intends to include historic landscapes varying in size from small gardens to several thousand-acre national parks and from designed to vernacular, rural to urban, and agricultural to industrial spaces.
  • Mapping Gothic France The Mapping Gothic France project was initiated by Stephen Murray, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Andrew Tallon, Assistant Professor of Art at Vassar College and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is an open-source, open access digital project to document the architectural monuments of 12-13-century France. The site consists of hundreds of dynamic, panoramic images, mapped to each monument, and accompanied by contextual materials including historical texts, time-lines, interactive maps, and biographies of scholars. It also contains tools for comparative study.
  • Online Guide to Architecture Schools Compiled by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the guide is searchable by location, degrees, tuition, specializations, and more. Must have a ACSA membership with password to view complete description of individual schools OR consult the printed version, Guide to Architecture Schools in North America, available in the Art & Architecture Library.
  • Pritzker Architecture Prize Current information about the world's most prestigious architecture award and its Laureates.
  • RIBApix A growing database dedicated to providing exceptional and unique images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the world’s most extensive visual archive devoted to architecture. RIBApix covers world architecture of all periods together with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts. Many of the images are also of social documentary importance. Searching can be done in several ways: through a Quick search box for simple free–text searches; using Browse to access the entire collection; or for more structured searching by categories such as architect and building you should use Advanced search or Subject search.
  • The Skyscraper Center: The Global Tall Building Database of the CTBUH Database with detailed information about skyscrapers worldwide.
  • Sweets Construction Searchable database with products from 10,000 manufacturers.
  • Online guide to academic and research resources in architecture. Contains index of famous architects with links to biographical data and works; index of architectural historians; images and resources organized by architectural style and by city; links to schools, magazines and architects' sites worldwide organized by country; links to architectural archives; image galleries; other online directories.

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