April 5, 2024

AASL Column, April 2024


AASL Column, April 2024

Barret Havens and Barbara Opar, column editors

Image Credit: Anthony Maw

AASL 2024 Sponsors: Our Sincere Thanks!

Your support enabled us to make the 2024 AASL conference a special one.

ACSA colleagues:

Returning from the engaging and beautiful city of Vancouver may have been hard. But hopefully,
everyone returned revitalized and ready to implement some of the ideas discussed at the conference.

AASL members are certainly in this category. The sessions and tours were highly informative. This year’s virtual vendor showcase enabled us to reconnect with vendors and hear about new directions and initiatives. So, in addition to thanking them for their support, we want to ensure that faculty are aware of these important digital tools. They will add value to your teaching and research. Explore what each tool has to offer and see how they might help you.

Fellow librarians: These vendors are ready and willing to answer your questions and may be able to offer a free trial.

Our 2024 supporters:

A&AePortal: Developed and maintained by Yale University Press (YUP), the A&AePortal is a unique digital platform offering a curated selection of important art and architectural history titles, along with books in related disciplines (i.e., visual and material culture, classics, religion). Its library comprises out-of-print, backlist, new, and born-digital books from YUP and various publishing partners, with some 50 books being added each year.

With students expecting content to be available digitally, the A&AePortal is an essential resource: 80% of its content is not available elsewhere in a digital format. It also offers a wealth of possibilities as a teaching and research tool, allowing chapters to be assigned for course use or students to search by image to find related content for assignments.

Among over 380 titles on the A&AePortal are subject-focused eBooks on Architecture and Urban History and Landscape Studies.  Coming soon to the platform are Venice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture, 1100–1500 (YUP); Space, Hope, and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945–1975 (Paul Mellon Centre); and Eileen Gray, Designer and Architect (Bard Graduate Center).

Contact us at support@aaeportal.com  to request a free trial.

Birkhauser Building Types Online: The database Building Types Online is a resource for the study and practice of architectural design. It is based on Birkhäuser’s high international standing in professional architecture books, on the knowledge of the authors and editors who are leading experts in their fields, as well as on the technical quality of the illustrations. The database offers exclusive and unparalleled, highly flexible and detailed search and browse access to the contents of the Birkhäuser program on building types. All content was written and selected by internationally renowned authors in architectural design.

Contact: Ria Stein – ria.stein@web.de

DOMa magazine: Dedicated to the architectural process, DOMa magazine illustrates five works per issue, in the manner chosen by their authors. Authors are encouraged to include third-party contributions, documents and material coming from any discipline and source, so as to better illustrate their modus operandi and their project’s origins. DOMa magazine aims to revisit internal and crucial operations of architecture, to promote reflection and a higher degree of consciousness.

Contact: info@doma.archi

EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries including research, acquisition management, subscription services, discovery and analytics. EBSCO provides access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of library users and organizations.

Contact EBSCO: https://www.ebsco.com/contact 

JORDAN Antiques & Antiquarian Books: Jerry Jordan and his wife Pat have been selling antiquarian books and ephemera since 1988. They have also been selling antiques since 1970 and are members of the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America. They live in Dorset, Vermont.

Contact: https://www.jordanantiquarianbooks.com/go/contact

OnArchitecture: OnArchitecture is an audiovisual archive of architecture and the world in which we live. A collection of 600 videos -and counting- produced by Felipe De Ferrari and Diego Grass since 2007, offering a broad and critical panorama of the built environment.

For trials and pricing: https://www.onarchitecture.com/contact/contact

Pigeon Digital is an online audiovisual collection of illustrated talks by architects and related designers, which has been built up over the past 40 years. Monica Pidgeon was the editor of the influential magazine Architectural Design for more than three decades and believed that being able to hear the actual voices of the designers of buildings and listen to their ideas in their own words was extremely important. In 2006 “Pidgeon Digital” was born, digitizing the talks and is a continuing archive, to which new talks are added regularly.

Contact: Lucian Palmer – lucian@pidgeondigital.com & Laura Margolis – laura@pidgeondigital.com

THE PLAN Journal (TPJ) intends to disseminate and promote innovative, thought-provoking and relevant research, studies and criticism in architecture and urbanism. The criteria for selecting contributions will be innovation, clarity of purpose and method, and potential transformational impact on disciplinary fields or the broader socio-cultural context. The ultimate purpose of the TPJ is to enrich the dialog between research and professional fields, in order to encourage both applicable new knowledge and intellectually driven modes of practice.

Contact: tpj@theplanjournal.com

urbanNext: In the digital era, publishing architecture must take advantage of the potential of content platforms with multiple formats and the possibility of using various channels. However, readers demand — in the face of the avalanche of digital publications — curated content that is focused and built with rigor and authority.

On its 30th anniversary, Actar consolidates its online presence through the launch of urbanNext Lexicon, aiming at the creation and dissemination of specialized content in architecture and urbanism.

The platform is composed of “Lexicons” that organize the more than 4000 posts in clusters of information related to a research topic. The posts are categorized into different formats such as essays, talks, podcasts, book excerpts, projects, and photographic surveys exploring topics and spaces through images rather than words. Apart from providing access to 100 e-books by Actar, urbanNext publishes weekly content by various influential contributors including architects, urbanists, researchers, artists, and more. Together, they all present the opportunity to engage in the future challenges of our cities.

For free library subscription trials contact: info@urbannext.net