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- AIA PodNet
The AIA PodNet Architecture Knowledge Review is a weekly podcast available through iTunes. Various professionals and academics contribute to these podcasts and offer a wide-range of perspectives and expertise on a number of topics. Over 160 podcasts discuss topics including FengShui, technological evolution, collaboration, social issues and sustainability.
In 2008, ArchDaily launched its site with the mission of “broadcasting architecture worldwide." ArchDaily is a one-stop source for all architectural project, product, event and competition news, integrating news stories, interviews, and project and product images to keep the architectural community informed.
- Architectural League Podcasts
Architectural League podcasts, both audio and video, document the League’s ongoing lecture
series featuring leading figures in architecture and design from around the
- Architecture Web Resources
The Architecture Studies Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has an online guide containing links to web resources on topics related to architecture. This continuously evolving database was established in 1993 by Jeanne Brown, head of UNLV Architecture Studies Library.
Architizer is an open community created to allow architects to interact, show their work, and find clients. The site includes an interactive project map, blog, and crowdsourced project and firms pages. Architizer posts jobs and competitions to facilitate professional networking.
- Arcosanti Project
Arcosanti is an experimental town near Phoenix, Arizona designed to satisfy the concept of arcology. Visit the Arcosanti website for more information about the city, its design and construction, arcology, and collaboration and volunteer opportunities.
- ARTstor now on Facebook
ARTstor, the premier digital library for over one million images on art, architecture and humanities is now on Facebook!
behold allows you to browse flickr for images that are free to use and modify or circulate commercially. This search tool simplifies the process of determining limits of use while enabling the user to access a wide range of photographs, taken and published by amateurs and professionals the world over.
Directory with detailed listings for more than 2,000 environmentally preferable building products with descriptions, manufacturer information, and links to additional resources.
Created by the University of California system, Calisphere is a primary resource database containing over 150,000 documents concerning the history of California. Available materials include photographs, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts.
- Chronicling America
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities have partnered to create Chronicling America, a newspaper database that allows you to view newspaper pages from 10 different states and dating from 1880-1910. Chronicling America also includes a search directory with access to information about newspapers collected from as early as 1690.
- Civil Engineering Database
The American Society of Civil Engineers Database provides access to over 100,000 bibliographic and abstracted records from 1970 to the present. Though a subscription is required, this resource offers unprecedented access to research materials in the various fields of civil engineering.
- Civil Engineering Research Library
The Civil Engineering Research Library can search 73,000 full-text articles from ASCE journals and conference proceedings and will be adding over 4,000 new articles each year. Though a subscription is required, these resources offer unprecedented access to research materials in the various fields of civil engineering.
- Death by Architecture
Death by Architecture assembles current information about a broad spectrum of architectural competitions in addition to hosting an extensive resource list linking to blogs and other sites featuring information about design, materials, construction, etc.
- Digital Images Collection Wiki
The Digital Images Collection Wiki is an extensive resource for links to other image resource groups that offer access to free collections for study and research. These include visual resources collections from universities, flickr groups etc.
- Earth Album
Earth album is a Flickr mash-up that allows you to explore photos from around the world using Google maps and Flickr.
Earthweek is a weekly newsource providing information about innovations and new discoveries in the earth science. This unique site is comprehensive, focusing on biological, geographical, geological, and meteorological topics including climate change and issues of sustainability.
- Environmental Protection Agency Health Watersheds Initiative
The Environmental Protection Agency's Health Watersheds Initiative promotes proactive, holistic aquatic ecosystem conservation and protection. This resource page provides a wide range of information on watershed environments focusing on the benefits of conservation, site approach and assessment, and tools for conservation. Links to a number of relevant conservation education publications are also included.
- FEMA Photo Library
The FEMA on line Photo Library contains approximately 10,000 disaster related photographs made since 1989. The majority of the collection is of declared disasters.
- Flickr Hive Mind
The Flickr Hive Mind photography search engine is a crowd-curated search tool with a number of search return options along with features that allow users to create groups, tag favorites and search by rights type.
- Frank Lloyd Wright App for iPhone
An iPhone App for searching through Frank Lloyd Wright’s works is now available at the Apple iTunes Store. This App helps to locate Wright’s buildings and also gives a description and photograph of each. The App is based on the book The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, A Complete Catalog by Dr. William Allin Storrer.
- Glass House Conversations
In partnership with SVA, the Philip Johnson Glass House has launched a new website that asks "What do you think are the most important aspects of architecture and design to celebrate, and who do you feel deserves recognition for doing this successfully?" The resulting Glass House Conversations will facilitate a global conversation about architecture that focuses on a weekly topic posted each Monday.
GreenHomeGuide connects users with information about how to create sustainable homes and gardens.
Greenroads is a sustainability performance metric designed to promote and certify green road design and construction. Greenroads provides a comprehensive approach to strategizing and evaluating roadway sustainability, and functions as a "a tool for decision-makers, agencies, consultants and contractors that enables informed design and construction decisions regarding sustainability."
- Harvard Design Magazine
Harvard Design Magazine is a biannual publication of the Graduate School of Design that investigates contemporary design issues ranging from questions of sustainability and New Urbanism to the problems of representation and memory. HDM's website contains full-text versions of both current and back issues, making available complete publication contents.
- Idée Labs
Idée Labs has created image search tools including the Multicolour Search Lab that utilizes up to ten different colors to access images in both Alamy and Flickr. Two additional search tools access images in Alamy including the tag-based Visual Search Lab, and image-based BYO Image Search Lab.
Inmagine is a royalty-free stock photography site with over 3.5 million images from over 100 best-selling collections.
Intute is a free online services that locates the best website for research in fields including art, architecture, engineering and geography.
- Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH)
JSAH Online will mediate the dialogue between traditional modes of scholarship and emerging media, supporting film, video, virtual modeling, digital mapping, QTVR panoramic photographs, and zoomable images that will enrich the readers experience and understanding of the architectural subject.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
This site contains information on LEED rating systems, certification, and professional accreditation.
- Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge
USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington developed this website to confront the issues that plague urban historical investigations of Los Angeles. The site content examines the city through images and, essays both historical and historiographical, to treat the subject comprehensively. The content includes photographs, plans, models, maps, photomontages, and "reflexive index sets," historic images grafted onto a present-day photograph to demonstrate the scope of site history.
- Materials Lab
The School of Architecture's Matrials Lab offers information on material composition, manufacturing, fabrication and emerging materials and contains over 12,000 building and design material samples.
- Nano Solar Paint on Cool Hunting
NextGen, a start-up company is working with a the concept of a paint that can produce electricity from solar power. This innovative idea is based on nanotechnology.
- NCS Colour Scan 2.0 - NCSColour
NCS Color Scan 2.0 is a color measurement device that lets you scan colors directly from materials. This device not only recognizes colors instantly but also displays it on-screen and stores it for future use.
- Open Buildings
OpenBuildings is a crowd-sourced global directory that organizes buildings from all over the world by architect, location, materials and program. Constantly updated by its members, OpenBuildings provides access to thousands of images of architecture, sculpture, and landscape architecture from as early as 3000 B.C.E.
- Parks & Gardens UK
An image database of historic parks, gardens and designed greenspaces in the United Kingdom
Places is a a fully web-based, open-access, interdisciplinary journal focusing on contemporary architecture, landscape, and urbanism, and its impact on the public realm as physical place and social ideal.
- Sign Ups for Building Tours
The Campus Environmental Center is conducting 6 building tours on September 09, 2010.
Spezify is a search tool that presents textual, graphic, and photographic results in a visual format. Blogs, videos, microblogs and images, couple with web-based versions of more traditional print media to give comprehensive search results.
- TED: A Greener Future?
TED's A Greener Future? page includes 53 videos of lectures delivered by leading scholars, designers and activists engaged in the debate over the environment and climate change. Al Gore, Cameron Sinclair, Norman Foster, and others discuss a wide range of topics including global mass extinctions, sustainable food culture and urban design.
- TED: Architectural Inspiration
Featuring over 21 conference videos on the TEDTalks Architectural Inspiration page, TED has assembled thematic discussions from Moshe Safdie, Nathaniel Kahn, Daniel Libeskind and more focusing on sustainability, historicism, food culture, and uniqueness as it relates to the built environment and design inspiration.
- The Architectural League of New York
The Architectural League of New York promotes design excellence and innovation by providing a forum for architects and other designers to pursue creative and intellectual work in architecture and urbanism. Through lectures, exhibitions, publications, and podcasts, competitions and grants, the League encourages both new and established architects to become critical designers whose work is not only formally innovative but cognizant of the issues facing our world.
- The Cultural Landscape Foundation What's Out There Database
The Cultural Landscape Foundation's What's Out There database is organized by types (parks, etc.), subtypes (Public Park, Neighborhood Park, etc.), and styles (Picturesque, Modernist, etc.), and includes over 300 designer profiles accompanied by short historical essays and even longer biographical essays. With over 150 entries complete with textual and visual data, the database includes sites from all 50 states using the National Historic Landmark properties and National Register of Historic Places to determine sites featuring landscapes of significance.
- The New Republic: The Avenue
The Avenue blog focuses on issues confronted by America's cities, examining the challenges that arise as the metropolis is forced to negotiate changes in population, commerce, climate and infrastructure.
- Thirty Conversations on Design
The Thirty Conversations on Design hosts short interviews with designers from different parts of the world. In these videos, these professionals talk about their inspiration and the next big “design solution”.
- Tiny House Design
This website covers the small house movement, what it’s like to live and build dwellings under 1,000 square feet as well as resources and plans for sustainable design and socially conscious architecture.
Urbanism.org is an excellent source for locating important news items and images relevant to contemporary urban planning and design problems.
- Wikimedia Commons
With content that is created and maintained by volunteers, Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts.
Nonprofit media organization Worldchanging asks "What does it mean to build bright green structures for the 21st Century?" This writer/journalist collective focuses on chronicling and questioning architectural, community planning, political, and corporate methods of affecting environmental and social change across the globe.