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Chicago Architecture Data

A New Archive of Chicago Buildings Goes Beyond the Loop – the new digital archive Chicago Architecture Data is the work of software developer and architectural photographer / writer John Morris and team.  They’ve drawn on information from the 1995 Chicago Historical Resources Survey, city and county tax records and assessor’s data, the blog …

Steedman Architectural Collection in SLPL

Steedman murals in the Great Hall – visitors to the main St. Louis Public Library (SLPL) in downtown St. Louis, MO will have the unusual opportunity to see books from the Steedman Architectural Collection on display through May of this year.  The exhibit is in the library’s Great Hall – itself worth …

World Buildings Directory

  World Buildings Directory – nice collection of data on all World Architecture Festival (WAF) finalists and winners, from the first Festival in 2008 to the most recent in 2013.  Search by project category (for instance Civic / Health / Landscape / Office / Structural / Transport), by country of project, by …

Research in the design process

More Discussion About Evidence-Based Design – post by healthcare design consultant Sara Marberry is a recap of a discussion among design experts about what it means for architects to be involved in design research.  In addition to encouraging schools to prepare students for working in an evidence-based design environment, they …

“What we find when we’re not looking”

Unintentional Knowledge: What we find when we’re not looking – this is an eloquent plea for balance between digital and traditional library-based research.  While fully supporting the capabilities offered by online search technology the author also highlights the value of what a person can find by browsing library stacks, the …

INABA on architecture, technology and the city

  Adaptation: Architecture, Technology and the City – great digital magazine from the analysis-based architectural practice of Jeffrey Inaba on how cities and technology are adapting to each other.  There’s a lot of thoughtful content here.  A brief selection:       (p. 43) Measuring the City: The infrastructure of data …

USAspending.gov

If you need to understand U.S. government spending, take a look at USAspending.gov.  The first thing you see after a search is a map that lets you know at a glance which states have the most funding for whatever it is you’re looking up.  For instance, here’s a search for …

All about water conservation

  Links and Resources for Water Conservation Information Water – the website Water – Use It Wisely. has a great page of water-related resources.  It includes links to state, regional, and federal water conservation organizations in the U.S., general conservation organizations, research organizations, water conservation tips, drought info, landscaping and xeriscape, …

Building Research Information Knowledgebase

Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) – a great free resource for both finding and sharing research on the built environment. A collaborative effort of the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) is an interactive portal offering online access to peer-reviewed …

Open access search from Springer

A Network of Open Access Search Platforms from Springer – great overview on the Intellogist of online platforms created by science publisher Springer for free access to journal articles. These open-access Springer portals can provide valuable non-patent literature (NPL) prior art for patent searchers and may serve as a useful supplement to searches …