With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France lets you explore parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries, considered in three dimensions: space, time, and narrative.
Via Geospatial Technologies in Education.
The new Wright Guide, developed by Azara Apps and adapted from William Allin Storrer’s The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, offers descriptions and a photograph of each of the built works by Frank Lloyd Wright. Building descriptions link to other nearby architecture as well as to directions from the user’s current location. Buildings may be searched through the index or by browsing location or date. Users can even keep track of which buildings they’ve visited in the application.
The app is $9.99 and compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with iOS 3.0 or later. It is available from the iTunes store.
Via Deep Focus.
The New York Times recently published an article about 3-D printing technology and its impact on several industries, including design and architecture. 3-D printing technology may eventually advance from the creation of architectural models to the construction of actual buildings:
A California start-up is even working on building houses. Its printer, which would fit on a tractor-trailer, would use patterns delivered by computer, squirt out layers of special concrete and build entire walls that could be connected to form the basis of a house.
For a demonstration of the kinds of products manufactured with this technology see the video included in the NYT story.
Now you can (virtually) tour the Sistine Chapel via your computer screen, thanks to a project from Villanova University of Pennsylvania. Created in consultation with the Vatican, this QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) tour of the Sistine Chapel facilitates study of the frescoes and architecture in a new way.
“Villanova students and faculty from the University’s communication and computing science departments spent five nights in a closed Sistine Chapel, gathering images from every corner of the chapel, including Michelangelo’s famous artwork on the chapel ceiling and large fresco, The Last Judgment, on the sanctuary wall. This was the most extensive access ever granted by the Vatican to an outside group.” For more information, see the press release from Villanova University.
ARTstor announces the addition of the following images to the collection. For assistance with ARTstor, please contact the VRC.
Modern and contemporary art from VAGA member artists
The Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA) and ARTstor have reached an agreement through which approximately 4,000 images by VAGA member artists are now available to ARTstor users. More images by VAGA artists will be made available as additional collections of modern and contemporary art are added to ARTstor.
Manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library
ARTstor is pleased to announce the first launch of over 4,000 high quality images of manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
Architectural history of Venice, Italy
ARTstor has added approximately 200 photographs from Sarah Quill’s unique photographic archive depicting the buildings and civil live of Venice.
From the Aluka website:
Aluka, a not-for-profit, collaborative and international initiative, announces the release of its online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. ‘Aluka’ is derived from a Zulu word meaning ‘to weave,” reflecting Aluka’s mission to connect resources and scholars from around the world.
Aluka’s partners have contributed materials ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides. The African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes database links high-quality visual, contextual, and spatial documentation. The Aluka digital library includes photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, aerial and satellite photography, images of African rock art, excavation reports, manuscripts, traveller’s accounts, historical and antiquarian maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research.
This resource is available at the University of Chicago on a trial basis until December 31, 2007. Please direct comments to Rob Pleshar in the University Libraries or to the VRC.
What’s New in ARTstor
Two Archives from the Negative Collection at the Frick Art Reference Library – The first archive consists of over 3,000 images produced by the Italian photographic firm of Sansoni and richly documents fresco cycles and other forms of architectural decoration throughout Italy. The second archive, from A.C. Cooper and related archives, documents paintings as they passed through art auction galleries in London in the 1920s and 1930s.
Tips & Tools
Recorded Online Tutorials Now Available – Are you interested in ARTstor training? ARTstor introduces online training tutorials available for all ARTstor users at any time of day.
Sharing ARTstor Images and Image Groups through URL Links – Did you know that you can share ARTstor images or image groups with students or colleagues from your course website? Each image in ARTstor and every image group you create have stable URLs associated with them. The URLs can be emailed, embedded in Word or PowerPoint documents, or added as a link to online syllabi or resource lists. Just go to Share > Generate Image URL or Share > Generate Image Group URL.