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View Resource APRP: The Architectural Practice Research Project

The Architectural Practice Research Project (APRP) aims "to identify obstacles to effective architectural practice and to develop guidelines for overcoming them." APRP collects ideas from architectural practitioners, compares them with ideas used by others nationwide, synthesizes the best ideas, and writes and publishes recommended procedures in the form of architectural Practice Guides. The APRP...

http://archprac.cua.edu/
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 The Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation

The slide projector and the overhead may soon become obsolete teaching aids if the exemplary work of the Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation at Columbia University continues their efforts to assemble, organize, and create virtual archives related to the history of architecture, urbanism, and preservation. In their own words, the Center "explores material culture,...

http://www.learn.columbia.edu/index.html
View Resource Building Design

The Building Design site bills itself as "the architects" website", and it is a claim that is quite accurate and apropos. Designed to complement their print publication, the site is a treasure-trove of material for just about anyone who is involved in any aspect of building, including architects, design theorists, planners, and so on. As the magazine is based in the United Kingdom, there's...

https://www.bdonline.co.uk/
View Resource American Architectural Foundation

Those who have scoured the web for architecture sites may have come across the homepage of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), but those who haven't will find this site to be quite a find. Founded in 1943, the AAF "seeks to educate individuals and community leaders about the power of architecture to improve lives and transform the places where we live, learn, work, and play." Visitors to...

http://www.archfoundation.org/
View Resource World Architecture Community

The World Architecture Community website is the genuine article, and even a cursory look reveals that people are posting items to this site from Bangalore to Buffalo. New users can go to the left-hand side of the site to register, and then they can look through the various architectural directories, which include architects, buildings, critics, and theorists. In the buildings area, the buildings...

http://worldarchitecture.org
View Resource Marcel Breuer Architectural Drawings and Sketches

Master of modernism, Marcel Breuer spent a great deal of time working in the fields of modular construction, furniture design, and other endeavors. Before her death, Marcel Breuer's widow donated a large collection of his little-known architectural drawings and sketches to the Syracuse University Library. The institution already had a tremendous collection of Breuer's papers, and this selection of...

http://breuer.syr.edu/
View Resource Federal Courthouses and Post Offices: Symbols of Pride and Permanence in American Communities

Just about every town in the United States has one post office, and a number of them have other federal government buildings. The United States experienced quite a boom in federal building construction during the Great Depression, and many of these structures remain iconic pieces of the built environment. This lesson plan from the Teaching with Historic Places program at the National Park Service...

https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/136GSA/136GSA.htm
View Resource Salvadori Center

The Salvadori Center was established in New York City in 1976, when Professor Salvadori of Columbia University was challenged by the New York Academy of Sciences to improve the teaching of math and science in middle schools. Visitors can read the about the vision and values of the Salvadori Center in the "About Us" link, which explains that "[u]sing the urban landscape of buildings, tunnels, and...

https://salvadori.org/wordpress/
View Resource Dream, Design, Build: The UW Architecture Student Drawing Collection, 1914-1947

From 1914 until 1961, the University of Washington's Department of Architecture kept a well-organized collection of its students' drawings. This digital collection from the University of Washington brings together hundreds of these drawings for consideration by the web-browsing public. Many of the drawings contain marks from critiques, and many of them bear the marks of Lionel Pries, a highly...

http://content.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/dream-design-buil...
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