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View Resource Whole Building Design Guide

The National Institute of Building Sciences is developing the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). While not yet complete, there is already a substantial knowledge base for building professionals to draw upon. The purpose of WBDG is to help designers "improve the performance and quality of their buildings by following the guidance and recommendations provided within the categories of this web...

https://www.wbdg.org/
View Resource Decopix: The Art Deco Architecture Site

This Website features a wide-ranging collection of art deco buildings and objects and provides a brief description of the style as well. There are hundreds of images here of houses, gas stations, skyscrapers, bridges, refrigerators, and drinking fountains in both the art deco style and streamline moderne -- a contemporaneous competitor with which it was sometimes combined or confused. The site...

http://www.decopix.com/
View Resource MoMA.org: Mies in Berlin, Mies in America

In 2001, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art celebrated one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, with concurrent exhibitions that showcased the architect's work. Although the exhibits no longer exist, this Web site highlights some of Mies's most famous works, including the German Pavilion in Barcelona, the Seagrams Building in...

https://www.moma.org/mies/
View Resource Metropolis Magazine

Started in 1998, Metropolis Magazine offers a compelling look at the broad world of design, including the fields of architecture, planning, preservation, and crafts. As the website indicates, "Subjects range from the sprawling urban environment to intimate living spaces to small objects of everyday use." What is inviting about this particular site is the amount of publicly-available material that...

http://www.metropolismag.com/
View Resource Chicago Architects Oral History Project

From the artistic statements of Louis Sullivan to the brutally Modern statements of Walter Netsch, architecture in Chicago is nothing if not eclectic. Given the important legacy of those architects practicing in and around Chicago, it is refreshing to note that the Art Institute of Chicago has been collecting the oral histories of these men and women since 1983. With substantial financial support...

http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection...
View Resource Berkeley Institute of Design

The Berkeley Institute of Design (BID) conducts research and educational activities that emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to designing interactive environments. Under the topic of "environments," the website includes "architectural spaces, products, web sites, and other artifacts that support complex human activity." Given the current "era of ubiquitous technologies," the organization's...

http://bid.berkeley.edu
View Resource Bathing Beauties

In past decades, bathing beauties might have meant beautiful people on a beach, but these "bathing beauties" are actually a collection of new bathing hut designs. They are, of course, beautiful indeed, and visitors with a droll curiosity in the world of seaside architecture, leisure studies, or other seaside pursuits will certainly find this site useful. The impetus for creating such a site was a...

https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bathing-beauties
View Resource Design Observer

Design Observer takes a catholic approach to discussing various aspects of design. Visitors to the homepage will realize this immediately, as they can find posts on architectural theory, furniture design, and the history of innovative trademarks. On the left-hand side of the homepage, visitors can check out the latest relevant Twitter posts, and also scroll down to the "Observed" area. Here...

http://designobserver.com/
View Resource AIA Chicago Screenshot

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago is the largest chapter of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals within AIA Illinois. When one thinks of the tremendously talented individuals who have left their mark on the city of Chicago, this fact is not so surprising. On AIA Chicago's website, visitors will find access to information about membership, chapter...

https://www.aiachicago.org/