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- Reed Kroloff on Modern and Romantic Architecture | Video on TED.com
In this TED presentation, Reed Kroloff talks about the differences between Modern and Romantic architectural styles with examples of work from two prestigious architectural firms in New York. Reed Kroloff is the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
- 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.
- Ancient Rome 3D
is a digital recreation of over 7,000 buildings during the reign of Constantine (circa 320 CE).
- Arcade: New York Art Resource Consortium
Arcade combines material and cultural history documents from the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum, making 800,000 visual and textual records available for public use.
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.
Archiplanet is a community-constructed collection of information on buildings and building culture worldwide. Archiplanet uses a wiki-style approach to collaboration.
- 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 and Interior Design for 20th Century America
The Library of Congress American Memory site hosts over 29,000 images architecture and interior design created in the twentieth century. The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection concentrates on sites in the northeastern United States focusing on architectural subjects that include interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Each image is accompanied by detailed metadata as well as direction for legal use.
- 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.
- Arkitekturmuseet Picture Bank
Arkitekturmuseet's Picture Bank contains 2,500 digital photographs and drawings primarily documenting twentieth-century Swedish design. The images available through Arkitekturmuseet showcase Scandinavian architecture and urbanism while illustrating the lifestyle of the modern. Building and formal typologies represented include industry and retail trade, sport and leisure facilities, the landscape, furniture and furnishings, and interior design for bothprivate and public buildings.
Travel site Arounder uses Google maps to organize interactive, panoramic exhibits of a number of European cities and a few American sites. For each location listed on Arounder, a number of panoramic views are available including views of church interiors, city streets, public plazas, and natural or manufactured landscapes.
- Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago Architects Oral History Project
PDF files of interviews with almost eighty architects who helped build Chicago in the 20th century.
Digital library with approximately 750,000 images of art, architecture, and archeology. Subscription is available to UT affiliates with an EID.
- ARTstor Blog: Teaching with ARTstor Category
The ARTstor blog's Teaching with ARTstor category is a useful tool for determine how best to use materials contained in the ARTstor collection. Each Teaching with ARTstor entry focuses on a unique topic ranging from African architecture to race and identity in American art to women's suffrage, and provides material to support these subjects.
- ARTstor now on Facebook
ARTstor, the premier digital library for over one million images on art, architecture and humanities is now on Facebook!
- Asian Historical Architecture
Ranging from monumental to vernacular architecture, this site contains over 10,000 images of 677 sites in sixteen countries.
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.
- Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur
Bildindex consists of around 2 million images of art and architecture located in Germany and throughout Europe. This includes a range of image types--drawings, photographs, paintings, prints, etc. The product of over 30 years of collection development, Bildindex hosts special collections and continues to sponsor further digitization projects.
Bio Mapping is a community mapping project that asks how will our perceptions of our community and environment change when we become aware of our own and each others intimate body states.
- Bridgmen Education
Bridgeman Education provides access to over 300,000 images of every civilization from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica and every period from Prehistory to the present across continents and traditions. Collection categories include fine arts, engravings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology and ethnography, history, science and medicine, decorative arts and artifacts. A subscription is required to use the site, though students may contact the institution for individual licensing.
- Bridgmen: Art Culture History
With images from over 8,000 collections and more than 29,000 artists, Bridgeman Art Library is a comprehensive source for fine art and historical images.
- British Library Online Gallery
This site showcases over 90,000 items in the collections of the British Library, including over 1,000 maps and plans of London.
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics
This site contains the National Transportation Library, which has over 9,000 full text documents, and it provides access to databases of transportation statistics and data.
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.
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online visual resource collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.
- Canadian Architectural Archives
With a fully searchable collection of over 10,000 images, this collection shows the birth of the modern Canadian city. It also contains bios of 40 architects and firms active in Canada.
- Captured: New York City from Above – Plog Photo Blog
The Photo Blogs of the Denver Post has a new blog post featuring 67 amazing aerial photographs of New York City. These photographs taken by various photographers provide an extensive coverage of the city and its architecture from the skies above.
- Carlo Scarpa Archive Project
The Carlo Scarpa Archive project endeavors to preserve the architecture of and the process of practicing architecture employed by Scarpa throughout his career. The project website includes the digitized project drawings for the Museo di Castelvecchio, an interactive floorplan contextualizing these working drawings, and a bibliography chronicling the use of these drawings. As time passes, the archive will digitize drawings and photography for other Scarpa projects.
- Centre des Monuments Nationaux
The Centre des Monuments Nationaux conserves, restores, and manages nearly 100 national monuments, opening up these sites of social, cultural, and architectural history for public consumption. The website uses a geographic search feature in order to locate each monument page. Monument pages include photographs and videos, points of historical interests, details about tours and other activities on site, and a list of literature specific to the building.
- Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection
Taken by amateur photgrapher Charles Weever Cushman between 1938 and 1969, these images document an amazing cross-section of American and international subjects, from inner-city storefronts and industrial landscapes to candid portraits.
- 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.
- Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a stockphotgraphy site hosting millions of royalty-free and rights-managed images. Corbis' search mechanism allows the user to generate results based on camera angle, point-of-view, and resolution. Corbis also hosts a number of special collections.
- Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project
The Council of Independent Colleges has developed the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP), a database that organizes university sites by type, style, designer, function and time period. This database currently includes information for campus master plans, buildings and landscapes at nearly 400 institutions of higher learning.
- 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.
designinform links three databases to provide access to over 70,000 abstract and index records from art and design journals published during the twentieth century.
- 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.
- Drugstore Photographs, Or, A Trip Along the Yangtze River, 1999; Lower Manhattan Block by Block by Dylan Smith
26,000 color snapshot photographs taken in 1999, recording the streetscape, block by block, of Manhattan south of Canal Street, and arranged in an archive by neighborhood and block.
- Earth Album
Earth album is a Flickr mash-up that allows you to explore photos from around the world using Google maps and Flickr.
- 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.
- Francis Loeb Library: Bibliographies
The Francis Loeb Library Bibliographies site contains bibliographic data for Harvard's Graduate School of Design Public Lecture Series from 1993-present.
- 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.
- Genmaps: England, Wales and Scotland Maps
Rootsweb presents Genmaps, a site devoted to online images of English, Welsh and Scottish maps from dating as early as the 12th century to the 20th century. The website possesses a drop down menu for England, Wales, and Scotland and allows the user to pick a specific map by county. These maps are pooled from a variety of different locations, including journal publications, history books, and engravings. Though many of the maps are free of copyright protection, many images, as specified, are still under copyright law and as such, will appear on the host site.
- German History in Documents and Images
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of original historical materials documenting German history in ten sections beginning with the early modern period and moving into the present. Each section includes an introduction to key historical developments during the period as well as a selection of primary source documents (in German and English), images and relevant maps. All of the materials can be accessed through keyword and author searches. Advanced options also allow searches to be limited and refined.
- Getty Collection Online
Explore the J. Paul Getty Museum's extensive collection through the museum's online database. The collection can be searched by object type or medium, theme, or artist name.
- 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.
- Google Art Project
A repository of art and art historical content that allows users to experience a wide range of artworks, explore museums through virtual tours, and build and share collections.
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."
- Hargrett Historical Maps Database
The University of Georgia's Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library created a database that provides access to historical maps documenting sites around the globe from as early as 1500.
- 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.
- Harvard University Library Visual Information Access
VIA (Visual Information Access) is a growing online union catalog documenting the arts, material culture, and social history. VIA contains descriptive records and images representing paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, architecture, decorative arts, trade cards, rubbings, theater designs, maps and plans. Participating repositories include archives, museums, libraries, and other collections throughout Harvard University. New material is added to VIA daily.
- Historical Photographs of China
The Historical Photographs of China Project is a collaboration between scholars and the University of Bristol, University of Lincoln, and the Institut d'Asie Orientale, resulting in the online publication of nearly 7,000 images has assembled a vast database of photographs and other images documenting the history of China in the 20th century.
- 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.
LandScope America is the culmination of a collaborative effort between NatureServe and the National Geographic Society to document American landscapes. The resulting interactive map organizes visual data geographical allowing the user to view videos, panoramas, snapshots, and factoids of the country's natural treasures.
- Life of a City: Early Films of New York
From the Library of Congress, these early films from the turn of the twentieth century range from the construction of skyscrapers and subways to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
- LIFE Photo Archive
Google has made millions of images available online from the LIFE photo archive
- 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.
- Mapping Main Street
"Mapping Main Street is a collaborative documentary media project that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos and videos recorded on actual Main Streets."
- Mapping the Recovery of New Orleans - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
In New Orleans, a local research group GCR & Associates has mapped the population trends in the city post-Katrina from 2006-2010. These trends are based on utility, sanitation, mail and voter activity statistics. Check out the article in New York Times for a graphic representation of the analysis.
- Medieval New York
This site integrates the architectural histories of New York City and the Middle Ages. Detailed building descriptions for a number of New York City's religious and residential structures, as well as landscapes, locate this heterogeneous architectural culture within the history of medieval European, Byzantine and Islamic art, architecture, technology and religion.
Developed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MetPublications is a database that provides access to over 650 texts published by the museum since 1964. MetPublications offers a variety of search options as well as access to full titles at zero cost. This includes the option to download a title in PDF format.
Mi Modern Architecture is a user-generated database that covers international contemporary buildings (over 2,000). Use it as a research tool or as a guide for planning an architectural tour of a city.
- Modern Homes Survey - New Canaan
The Philip Johnson Glass House Historical Trust is creating a narrative survey of the 91 existing modern homes in New Canaan to provide a “criteria of significance” for their future preservation. The Trust also hopes to expand the online database to other clusters of modern homes.
- Museum of the City of New York Collections Portal
The Museum of the City of New York Collections Portal provides access to over 100,000 high-resolution historical photographs highlighting construction, architecture and local culture.
- 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.
- New York City Department of Records Municipal Archive Online Gallery
New York City Department of Records Municipal Archive Online Gallery holds over 870,000 images from 30 different historical collections comprising 160 years of New York City history. Images can be searched and stored on a designated workspace for use in research and presentations. Motion picture and sound recordings are also available.
- Nolli Map of Rome
an interactive website allows you to explore Rome’s natural environment, demographics, infrastructure and architecture
- Northern Italian Sketchbook Project
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s (1868-1928) sketches of Northern Italy during his tour of the continent in 1891.
- NYC Grid
A photo blog dedicated to exploring and discovering The City of New York block by block and corner by corner. Updated every weekday, each post covers a new block with a focus on the mundane and ephemeral.
- NYPL Digital Gallery: Cities and Buildings
Digital images of architecture, cityscape, infrastructure, monuments, town life.
- Online Archive of California
The OAC facilitates and provides access to primary sources and their digital facsimiles, including maps, architectural and engineering records held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.
- 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.
- Paris 26 Gigapixels
Paris 26 Gigapixels provides high-resolution, panoramic views of the French capital. The image is set up for zooming and also includes icons that provide commentary on various points of interest in the city.
- Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB)
Internet database of architectural and historical information and images for over 35,000 structures, mostly in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. PAB incorporates information from more than 25 Philadelphia-area repositories
- Photographs from the German Federal Archive
Available on the Wikimedia Commons, this collection of over 100,000 photographs document the political and personal lives of Germans over the course of the twentieth century. Examples of the built environment are also included.
- Place Matters
Places Matters Census provides images of and personal histories surrounding historic buildings in New York.
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.
- Project for Public Spaces Image Collection
PPS maintains an image collection of markets, parks, buildings, transportation, and people interacting with their environment.
- Reseau Art Nouveau Network
The Reseau Art Nouveau Network was formed in 1999 to provide a general appraisal of the conditions of Art Nouveau buildings throughout Europe. In the process, the network created an image bank including photographs of Art Nouveau architecture, industrial design, sculpture and art in its 22 member cities and regions. In addition, the network provides a comprehensive list of theses completed on the topic of the Art Nouveau as well as a list of documentation centers in order to facilitate and encourage further study.
- Rob Linrothe's Tibetan and Buddhist Art Photography Now on ARTstor
1200 images of Tibetan and Buddhist art, architecture and monuments from Rob Linrothe’s collection is now available at ARTstor. This collection is a part of his photographic work from Tibet, China, India and Indonesia.
- Russian Utopia: A Depository
An online archive of a Russian museum which collects compact representations of Soviet projects that never came to fruition.
- Sidney D. Gamble Photographs
Sidney D Gamble Photographs Digital Collection at Duke University marks the first comprehensive public presentation of Gamble’s large body of work. This digital archive includes over 5000 photographs shot in China between 1917 and 1932.
- Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) blog
The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) blog explores American cultural history and resources relevant to its study. Entries investigate cultural events, the lives of American artists, gender history, photography, architecture and more, in addition to providing information about emerging or reemerging resources and resource centers relevant to research in the social sciences.
- Social Explorer
Containing hundreds of interactive data maps of the United States, Social Explorer allows you to make maps and reports, visually analyze the demography of the U.S., and explore historical demographic data.
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.
- Spiro Kostof Lectures
Podcasts for the lectures of this architectural historian's final class in 1991 at UC Berkeley, "A Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism." Topics run from the Florentine Rennaisance to the post modernism of the 20th century.
- St. Peter's Basilica: Floorplan
This interactive floorplan, indicates the uses of each available space within the Vatican complex. The floorplan employs a system of letters and numbers to identify various sculptural and artistic elements in addition to locating elements of specific architectural significance including grottoes, the facade, the piazza, etc. Each letter and number links to an additional page that includes visual and textual information about the site indicated.
- Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project
Carved on the walls of the Templum Pacis between 203-211 CE, the map of Rome includes extremely detailed floor plans of everything from public baths to apartments.
- TARO: Texas Archival Resources Online
TARO makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections.
- Tate Collection Online Subject Search
The Tate Collection Online Subject Search provides access to its online information pages for over 66,000 works of art by 3,075 artists. Each page provides important metadata about the object sometimes including a contextualizing description. The subject search function organizes these objects into categories including architecture, objects, history, people, abstraction, places, emotions, concepts, and ideas, religion and belief, and more.
- 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.
- Texas Bird's-Eye Views
This collection at the Amon Carter Museum contains over 60 bird's eye views from the 19th and 20th centuries of 49 cities in Texas.
- The Alley Flat Initiative
Created by the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center,the Alley Flat Initiative has proposed affordable, adaptable, and sustainable housing options for East Austin residents.
- 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 BBC's New Web Application Dimensions
The BBC introduces Dimensions, a new experimental application based on the Google Maps prototype. By picking from a wide array of categories, including environmental disasters, cities in history, and festivals and spectacles, the user can map out the moment in history over a specified area.
- The Charnel-House
The Charnel-House blog focuses on the history of avant-garde architecture, the environment, technology and utopianism in Russia and Central Europe, providing access to a wealth of historical images including photographs, sketches, blueprints, watercolors and more.
- The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to educating and creating awareness on the topic of Cultural Landscapes. Visit their website for photographs and information on America’s diverse landscapes, blogs and more.
- The Empire That Was Russia
The Empire That Was Russia is a searchable database of architecture, ethnic culture, transportation and other images focusing on contemporary Russian life taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, photographer to Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. Through the digichromatography color rendering process, Prokudin-Gorskii's black and white and sepia toned images have been converted into color.
- The Marquette Building
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has created a website that integrates historical texts, photography, drawings and video in an effort to communicate the architectural, cultural, and preservation histories of the Marquette Building. The website offers a multimedia learning experience that focuses on topics including design and construction,culture, socioeconomics, and marketing.
- 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.
- The Palenque Project
The Group of the Cross Project is an archaeological team focusing on the Mayan city of Palenque located in Chiapas, Mexico. The group has created a website documenting its archaeological endeavors at Palenque. The site provides detailed information about cultural objects discovered on the site, the mapping process and site preservation.
- The Weekly Wright-Up
The curatorial staff at the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo New York provide news and insights on Frank Lloyd Wright's 1904-1907 Prairie Style masterpiece in addition to exploring items related to Wright studies and the art, architectural and design practices in general in The Weekly Wright-up.
- The Wellcome Library
The Wellcome Library has assembled an eclectic library of images that range from architectural photographs and representations to scanning electron micrographs (SEM) of cancer cells and bacteria. The Wellcome Library’s image collection is a useful resource for contextualizing architectural history, examining biological forms to create unique designs, and enhancing visual perspectives of the broader sphere of human biological, sociological, historical, and anthropological relations.
- 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”.
- Turkish Culture Portal
The Turkish Cultural Foundation has created an online portal with a variety of images relating to Turkish culture and its dissemination. The portal catalogs photographs, drawings, and engravings of architectural monuments from the Islamic style. It also expands to examine other cultural phenomena including culinary cuisine, literature, fabrics and patterns, ceramic tiles, and metal artwork.
- U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau contains statistical information on the population and economy of the United States.
- United States Geological Survey
This site contains links to geologic information, maps, and geospatial data.
- University of Houston Digital Library: Kenneth Franzheim Collection
The University of Houston Digital Library Kenneth Franzheim Collection makes the Houston architect's photographs, architectural drawings and models available to researchers outside the University of Houston community.
- Urban Design Collection, Arts and Humanities Data Service
Links to articles and images of British post-war urban design.
Urbanism.org is an excellent source for locating important news items and images relevant to contemporary urban planning and design problems.
Site with links to international urban projects and images.
Comprised of over 100,000 images, Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) image database is an online resource for the visual arts.
- 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.
- William Gedney Photographs and Writings
Duke University is home to the William Gedney collection, containing 50,000 papers and photographs documenting his activity from 1950s to early 1980s. The collection includes a wide range of images that capture urban and working class life in America, India and Europe.
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.
The California State University WorldImage database organizes 75,000 images into portfolios highlighting a wide range of content from around the globe including images of cities and building technology, religious and cultural art and artifacts, architecture, material culture, and more. In addition WorldImages hosts a few special collections including faculty contributions, special exhibits and the Sourisseau Academy Clark B. Waterhouse Collection.
- Yale Silk Road Database
The Yale Silk Road Database presents over 6,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2009.
- Yale University Art Gallery eCatalogue
The Yale University Art Gallery's eCatalogue allows internet users to search a collection of over 185,000 objects which includes over 2000 years of painting, sculpture, furniture and other interior/industrial design objects from all over the world.