April 14, 2022

AASL Conference Sponsors


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A Shout Out to Our Vendor Sponsors

Lucy Campbell and Barbara Opar, column editors

The vendors below have helped to support the annual AASL conference this year and in the past. Not only do they assist with the meeting, but they provide important research materials to libraries, enabling our patrons to have the appropriate resources for study, teaching and scholarship.

A&AePortal    As we have all become acutely aware over the past two years, authoritative electronic resources in the history of art and architecture are seriously lacking. Launched in the fall of 2019, the A&AePortal was created to address this need and has been well received by many subscribing libraries. This innovative platform now features around 300 titles in a wide range of subject areas: architecture and urban history books represent a considerable portion of this content and will remain a key focus as we continue to add publications going forward. You will find an impressive variety of classic out-of-print and backlist titles, as well as more recent volumes issuing from Yale University Press and the other participating publishers. Born-digital publications are also being acquired and added to the platform.

The A&AePortal features a built-in reader and image viewer, which allows users to zoom in for a closer look if desired. In a number of cases, the illustration programs of older books have been updated when possible (and appropriate) with color images, and extensive metadata has been attached to each image on the site, enabling the effective discovery of other relevant resources. Books that reference other publications on the platform are linked (in the footnotes and bibliography), and faculty can easily assign chapters of a specific ePortal title by sharing stable URLs with students and/or create a custom course pack comprised of chapters from different books that reside on the site. The A&AePortal also features robust research functionality: students can search by keyword or by image to quickly find relevant scholarship. Feel free to suggest a title (from YUP or one of its partner publishers) for the site by completing this form.

Contact: Jim Hurtt, Accucoms at jim@accucoms.com

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is delighted to be featured at AASL. At Bloomsbury Digital Resources, we’re proud to connect with faculty and tailor our platforms to support research, study, teaching, and practice. We hope you enjoy exploring Bloomsbury Architecture Library – our multi-award-winning digital resource spanning architecture, urbanism, and interior design – and the wide-ranging collections the platform has to offer, from architectural history to cutting-edge design guidance.

Our goal is to provide digital solutions for architecture students and faculty, and our aim is to be as flexible as possible. With this in mind, we’re more than happy to work with you to offer subscriptions and to arrange a free trial. If you are interest in discussing options for your institution, we would love to hear from you at the link below. In the meantime, our featured content is free for you to peruse at your leisure.

For more information, please contact: bloomsburyarchitecture@bloomsbury.com

Fire Insurance Maps online (FIMo) is a subscription service that provides user-friendly access to our unique and extensive historical map collection.

Historical Information Gatherers owns the world’s largest digital collection of color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases and similar land use maps for North America. Our high definition, color and grayscale images display important historical details not visible on black and white map scans.

FIMo includes map research tools and search tips to make finding maps for a specific location easier than ever before. Maps in the collection include publications by Sanborn, Perris, Hexamer, Whipple, Baist, Bromley, Hopkins and others. FIMo is a valuable resource for historical property research for students studying architecture, GIS, cartography, history and urban studies.

To learn more about FIMo, contact Cindy Demers at cindyd@historicalinfo.com, to schedule an online demo and a free 30-day trial.

MADCAD is a cloud-based subscription service whose content is made up of a wide range of full-text current reference materials including the International Codes, ASHRAE Handbooks, Standards and Guidelines, ASTM Specifications, NFPA Fire and Life Safety Codes. MADCAD is designed to serve the needs of architects, landscape architects and engineers as well those studying these disciplines. Additional content includes the Wiley Graphic Standards package. The selection is highly customizable with respect to content, user limits and options such as increasing the number of users for specific time frames. Their Senior Vice-President, Sales & Operations, Erdem Dedebas is very knowledgeable about the products offered.

For further details, contact info@madcad.com. Erdem Dedebas can be reached at ededebas@madcad.com or by telephone at 202-265- 1940, extension 207.

OnArchitecture is an online archive consisting of over 150 interviews of internationally known architects, artists, and curators as well as more than 250 videos of buildings. It is reserved for use by institutions.  Founded in 2012, OnArchitecture complements other such resources by focusing on current practitioners, including educators, and theorists. Among those interviewed and added to the archive are Atelier Bow-wow, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Lacaton&Vassal, and Pezo von Ellrichshausen.

For further details or questions, please contact Diego Grass at diegograss@onarchitecture.com. For pricing or trials, please fill out the form below or go directly to www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/onarchitecture. Abstracts, information about the interviewee and subject terms have been put in to help facilitate use.

Pidgeon Digital is an online Audiovisual collection of illustrated talks by architects and related designers, which has been built up over the past 40 years. It is a continuing archive, to which new talks are added regularly. This unique library of contemporary attitudes is of outstanding value to current and future generations.

Started in 1979, Pidgeon Digital widens the horizons of architecture and design students. Giving them the opportunity to share the thinking of world leading industry professionals by hearing the actual voices of the designers of buildings, and listening to their ideas in their own words.

This includes speakers such as:

  • Architects: Will Alsop, Edward Cullinan, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Jan Gehl, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Kisho Kurokawa, Daniel Liebeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Nouvel, Charles Renfro, Richard Rogers, Harry Seidler, Bernard Tschumi, Michael Webb
  • Engineers: Anthony Hunt, Ted Happold, Frei Otto, Cedric Price, Peter Rice
  • Landscape architects: Michael Ellison, Kathryn Gustafson, Lawrence Halprin, Peter Jakobsen, Ian McHarg
  • Designers: Ron Arad, Ettore Sottsass, Alan Fletcher, FHK Henrion, Cecil Balmond

Pidgeon Digital also includes speakers who have died since being recorded, but who continue to have a lasting influence, for example:

  • Architects: R Buckminster Fuller, Serge Chermayeff, Maxwell Fry, Philip Johnson, Denys Lasdun, Cedric Price, A and P Smithson, James Stirling, Zaha Hadid, Neave Brown, Charles Jencks, Ted Cullinan, Michael Sorkin
  • Engineers: Felix Candela, Ted Happold, Frank Newby, Konrad Wachsmann
  • Landscape architects: Roberto Burle Marx, Geoffrey Jellicoe, Peter Shepheard

The collection now contains some 276 illustrated talks and associated transcripts.

Some older recordings (without illustrations) by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen and others have been added. In order to preserve this valuable archive, the audio and the images have been carefully digitised and presented as online time-coded presentations.

For further information, please see: https://www.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 are: 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.

Launched in 2016, the TPJ follows a double-blind peer-review evaluation process and publishes, both on-line and in print, two issues a year: a Spring open issue and a Fall themed issue. It is indexed in Scopus and Avery. Being an independent journal (part of the THE PLAN Group, which publishes also The Plan magazine), it relies only on publication fees and subscriptions. However, if a university subscribes for the “Institutional Multi-Access” option, its faculty and doctoral students will be able (in addition to access all articles) to publish in Open Access without publication fee, once their manuscript will have successfully passed the peer-review.

For more information: https://www.theplanjournal.com

FREE TRIALS available, please contact Max Aprili at max.aprili@theplanjournal.com

urbanNext.net In 2015, Actar launched urbanNext.net, a digital multi-format platform focused on the development and dissemination of content about contemporary urban environments on a global scale. Over the course of 7 years, we have built a network of trans-disciplinary professionals that are contributing to the construction of the built environment. We have published over 1000 projects, 500 essays, 400 video talks and 250 photo surveys, as well as several data visualizations, lectures, statements, reports, and podcast episodes.

Now we launch the «urbanNext Lexicon of Expanded Architecture». Lexicon, because we organize all the concepts, strategies and reflections on the basis of their lexical definition. Each week a new lexicon is proposed through a selection of related content. All these concepts make an extensive database, which responds to current issues and addresses relevant phenomena that need to be reflected by the practice.

The trans-media content map is a combination of printed and audio-visual formats. We have more than 600 talks available. This implies that there are more than a hundred hours of interviews with over five hundred internationally renowned specialists. It will include more than 100 eBooks from Actar Publishers archive and new releases. Texts can be easily selected and key words can be quickly searched in the text. Our new search engine allows our audience to find specific content in their preferred format. All our content is thoroughly tagged so the navigation across our web page is intuitive and valuable.

A tool which is going to engage with a generation of students and architects who are demanding new platforms of interaction, in order to consolidate their continuous training.

Our content data base resources will be available to registered university’s students and faculty with three means of remote access: IP identification of remote connection, Proxy server like E Z proxy, or through a VPN service.

For further information re Actar New York, please reach out to Brian Brash. You may email him at Brian.brash@actar-d.comFor Acta Barcelona contact Ricardo Devesa at ricardo.devesa@actar-d.com


Heather Albarazi
Digital Marketing & Communications Manager