Notebook, 1993-

DIRECTORIES - A Representative Listing with Periodic Corrections and Additions

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** 'Visions for the Future from the Past' - An exhibition, including: "Focused on emergency housing for disasters, 'Cloud Skippers' lifts buildings above floodwaters using helium balloons . . . . A neighborhood inside a garden. . . . Mapping out a "biophilic" version of a city, intended to connect the city with nature . . . . 1978 design imagines a city grown from the sea using Biorock, a technology that uses fast-growing coral reefs to build new structures . . . . This map shows an interconnected power grid in Europe, part of a larger plan for a low carbon grid for the continent . . . . 1969 vertical transportation system and platforms for housing, work, parks, and city services . . . . Sound data to map out the quietest parts of a city . . . . The first use of "parametic urbanism," which uses software to map out relationships between all of the elements in the plan . . . . After London was flattened by World War II, planners mapped out different neighborhoods to figure out how the city could be redesigned to change demographics, making it more egalitarian."

** TERREFORM - "We are a unique laboratory for scientists, artists, architects, students, and individuals of many backgrounds to explore and advance the larger framework of socio-ecological design . . . . These solutions are derived from the interface of design, science, engineering and synthetic biology." . . . . . . . . ** p l a s m a studio - "New Formations that Engage a Dialogue with the Existing . . . . Deep Space; Immersive Environments . . . . Seamlessly Integrating Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism . . . . " ** CLOUDS AO - "Cloud formation is a negentropic process wherein disordered water molecules are condensed into higher order structures. The shape of a cloud reflects the conditions under which it was condensed, just as architecture is an artifact of the cultural and technological circumstances within which it was created, embodying the aspirations of people who formed it. . . . Architecture has become a discipline obsessed with form making. We have no doubt about the importance of the sculptural in architecture, however our explorations focus on the potential of the immaterial. We are interested in the experiential qualities of architecture, ways in which form and material can elicit lasting emotional or cognitive revelation. . . . "

Worldview . . . . . . . Smart Cities - "The City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is a unique network of research groups experienced in the design of technology and infrastructure, the analysis of big data, and the development of rigorous scientific theories. The City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab provides an interdisciplinary nexus where these research networks join to improve the design, livability and understanding of high performance urban environments." . . . . . . . carlorattiassociati - Walter Nicolino &Carlo Ratti - "La civilisation digitale cherche et trouvera son expression architecturale . . . . " Pevsner's Architectural Glossary - A mobile app with which to look up architectural terms anywhere . . . . . Sustainable Design - "(also referred to as "green design", "eco-design", or "design for environment") is the art of designing physical objects to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. It ranges from the microcosm of designing small objects for everyday use, through to the macrocosm of designing buildings, cities, and the earth's physical surface. It is a growing trend within the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, graphic design, industrial design, interior design and fashion design" . . . . . . . SmartWrap . . . . . . . A Daily Dose of Architecture . . . . . . . The Danville Project - What do streetlights, crosswalks, curbs and public safety have to do with artists? . . . . . . . GSAPP - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation - Columbia University . . . . . . . archiseek - (Directory) . . . . . . . Smart Growth Online - Projects around the US . . . . . . . Asian Historical Architecture: A Photographic Survey . . . . . . . FlatPak House . . . . . . . Office of Mobile Design . . . . . . . Architects Newspaper . . . . . . . (Royal Institute of British Architects). . . . . . . National Trust for Historic Preservation . . . . . . . The Un-Private House . . . . . . . fabprefab . . . . . . . Historic Places in America [National Park Service] . . . . Architecture - Information from Architectural Record . . . . . . . Pritzker Architecture Prize . . . . . . . Open Architecture Network"How do you improve the living standards of five billion people? With 100 million solutions. Your solutions." . . . . . . . Architecture Museums in the World

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"The wind, the color of the sky, the trees around --the building is not done only to be the most beautiful," he said. "It's done to give advantage to the surroundings. It's a dialogue." - (Jean Nouvel - "French Architect Wins Pritzker Prize" - NYTimes 3/31/08)

Yin Yu Tang - A late Qing dynasty mercants' house was originally located in southeastern China - Re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts . . . . . . . A City, and People, at a Crossroads A view of Kashgar once the hub of an ancient trading route - (NYTimes 5-28-2009)

Two Cities on the Persian Gulf - Major new museums designed by some of the world's most celebrated architects: I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel

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Interior Design Society - Specialists in Residential Interiors . . . . . . . Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Washington. DC) . . . . . . . Period Interiors - "An itinerant mural painter, traveling from home to home in the same manner as such early nineteenth-century artists as Rufus Porter, Moses Eaton, and John Avery . . . " Limited Edition Landscape Wallpaper . . . . . . . Interior Design Centers - (State Listings, USA). . . . . . . ASID Referral Service . . . . . . . Plasma Screens - Plasma tv, DLP TV, LCD Tv screens and Video Projectors . . . . . . . Interior Design - New Products, Library, Newswire, JobZone, Events Calendar . . . . . . . apartment therapy - Daily Blog . . . . . . . Glossary of Faux Technique & Terms . . . . . . . Christie's . . . . . . . DESIGN NEWS

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MocoLoco - Modern Contemporary Design Blog . . . . . . . Ethnic and International Crafts (NYC) . . . . . . . Inhabitat - Blog. . . . . . . Textile Rooms / Technical (Textile Dictionary, Tables, Fibre Content and Care Labelling, Quality Control, Basic Weaves). . . . . . . Design*Sponge - Design Blog . . . . Staffordshire Porcelain - (Auctions at Ebay) . . . . . . .

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Beyond the Craft - "Since ancient times man has paid an almost mystic attention to glass, attributing something magical and supernatural to this transparent material. Magicians of legend could predict the future by gazing into a crystal sphere, chemists and alchemists studied prisms in search of a stone which would turn metal into gold, magic that was born in flames and like that fire that gave life to the popular belief of the Phoenix, the mythological bird with the golden plumes, glass is synonymous with beauty. Still today, for the visitors who come to Murano, the same scenes which inspired writers and legend are represented. In fact the furnace structures have remained unaltered over time and new technology is seen only in small details. All this is because of the attachment the master glass-blowers have towards tradition. Like a clock, they seem to have stopped time in the more than one thousand years of history of glass-blowing in Venice. The glass masters "battono" (beat, i.e. use) the same glass-blowers pipes and the same instruments which were knowingly forged in the machine shops which were built up over the island which, together with other small activities, has made Murano one of the centers of Venetian commerce. The origins of the art of glass blowing in Venice go back to before the first millennium. This is confirmed by a document written by a Benedict monk, Domenico called "Fiolario", who manufactured phials for use in the home. There is no certainty as to the shape of this phial since not one, neither whole nor in pieces, survived to the present day. We can only hypothesize as to the aspect of the phial from some iconographic documents. The technique used to make the phial was that of blowing into glass using those instruments that the late Roman glass blowing activities had passed down through the ages. It is presumed that later the technique was refined in Venice more than any where else in Europe because of the trading contacts that the Venetians had with the Orient and above all with countries that already had an ancient tradition in glass blowing such as the Fenici, the Syrians and the Egyptians. Such traditions, renewed in the celebrated furnaces of Islam, were an occasion to reconstruct both Western and Oriental knowledge and techniques there by giving the Venetian production a particularness that made their glass so important throughout the world over the course of centuries. Today Venetian glass production is at it's pinnacle, and is world renowned for it's quality and form." - ( - Murano Glass . . . . . A Perspective on Glass

"The Muranese concept of beauty is directly proportional to the difficulty of creating the object . . . . " - "A Future beyond Glass" - - NYTimes 6/3/11) . . . . .Installations -- (Chihuly has collaborated with glassblowers from Murano)

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Union Internationale des Architectes

The Great Buildings Collection - "This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds. For up-to-the-moment coverage of the latest buildings, designers, ideas, and trends, is richly cross-linked with ArchitectureWeek, the leading architecture magazine online."

Beijing's New Architectural Monuments - For the aquatic center: "Engineers began by applying a uniform series of diagonal braces to a model of the structure's surface. The pattern of steel members was adjusted to provide support where necessary. Creating a structure that mimics the natural formation of bubbles is complicated . . . . Engineers discovered that slicing through the cube at an arbitrary angle would produce a pattern that appeared random and organic . . . ." The CCTV Headquarters' designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has a complex pattern of steel members along its facade. The building is designed as a vertical loop with the towers rising at angles. - (7/13/08 NYTimes multimedia presentation shows the new architecture and the expansion of Beijing)

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home - "Home to the Huang family for eight generations . . . . Originally located in the small village of Huang Cun near the mountain of Huangshan . . . . . The 16 bedrooms of this elegant home were occupied by direct male descendents, their wives who came from other villages, their children, and at times, non-family members. . . . While many cultures use genealogies for tracing family history or connecting living family members to their ancestors, the link to one's ancestors in Huizhou, as in the rest of China, is part of a vital life cycle of the family. Presenting offerings and gratitude to the ancestors can result in wealth and fertility for the living and guarantee that their own spirits will eventually be cared for by their descendants . . . . The Hunag Family genealogy extends back 35 generations . . . . "

Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses (December 8-March 26, 2006) - "Employing a wide range of materials, processes, and scales, these dwellings run the gamut from a glimmering sculptural metallic guesthouse by Steven Holl located on the windswept mesas of New Mexico (and thus aptly named Turbulence House) (2005) to Black Barn (2005), a pitched-roof, modern adaptation of a Viking longhouse designed and produced by Pinc House of Sweden to one-room cabins such as the diminutive weeHouse (2003) by St. Paul-based Alchemy Architects to expansive modular configurations such as the custom homes of Resolution: 4 Architecture of New York. Adapting to a variety of lifestyles and contexts, these works challenge our preconceptions of prefab. Breezehouse (2005) by Michelle Kaufmann of San Francisco takes a particularly ecological orientation with its extensive use of small gardens, cross-ventilation, energy-efficient appliances and mechanical systems, and renewable and nontoxic materials. Projects such as FlatPak House (2004) by Lazor Office of Minneapolis eschew the homogeneity associated with older prefab structures by offering owners a wide range of material choices and a hand in the layout of their spaces, while Rocio Romero's LV and LVL Houses (2003/2004) exist as kit homes and have been used for a number of purposes, from affordable primary residences to a remotely sited bed and breakfast. . . . " (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)

Groundswell - Constructing the Contemporary Landscape - [Macromedia Flash Player] - "Navigate from a map at this MoMA Web site to explore 23 urban landscape projects located all around the world. There are gardens, parks, and museum campuses, intended for public use, often reclaiming abandoned or degraded industrial land. Basic information is provided for all 23 sites. For example, the entries for the Shanghai Carpet, a plaza above underground parking, with stone, brick, and timber construction, or Lurie Garden in Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., consist of a drawing or model, the project description and credits, and photographs. Six of the entries give additional information: a lengthier project section, with descriptions and credits; a site section with schematic plans; and an animated experience section, allowing visitors to see the site from different angles and in different conditions. For example, see the Schouwburgplein, (Theater Square) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from an aerial view, night view in the rain, or as if seated on a bench outside. [DS] " (Scout Report)

American Institute of Architects & American Architectural Foundation

The Indian Institute of Architects

Architectural Institute of Japan

Col-legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (Architects' Institute of Catalonia, COAC)

Centro Italiano di Architettura

Architect Online - Magazine, News, Resources, Portfolios, Products, blogs, jobs, etc.

American Landscape and Architectural Design [American Memory, Library of Congress]

Architecture Internet Resources [Architecture Studies Library - University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries]

Canadian Centre for Architecture

MIT Architecture - "We intend to actively develop diversity and interdisciplinarity, a trademark of our department, and further integrate the discipline groups within the department: building technology, computation, design (including urbanism), history theory and criticism, and visual arts. As always, we will maintain a highly international faculty as well as student body. With our students and faculty, we are building programs around global agendas and continue to pursue design/research activities in many parts of the world."

Renzo Piano Building Workshop - Osaka, Japan -- Punta Nave (Genoa), Italy -- New Caledonia, Nouméa -- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris -- Work in progress updates -- "Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop jointly created in 2001 the 'Workshop Foundation', an educational initiative to create programs and activities advancing architectural practice, with a special emphasis on directly engaging students in the physical processes of designing, making and building that takes place within professional architectural firms."

Santiago Calatrava - "Santiago Calatrava is renowned for his elegant and audacious bridge design . . . . his passion for bridge building in general, and in grand alpine settings in particular. From his native Spain he was drawn to Switzerland to study structural engineering, developing a powerful synthesis of technical expertise and innovation, artistic imagination and sensitivity to natural forms.".

Álvaro Siza - "Mr. Siza, now 74, has steadily assembled a body of work that ranks him among the greatest architects of his generation, and his creative voice has never seemed more relevant than now. . . . " - (NYTimes, 8/5/2007)

Office for Metropolitan Architecture and AMO - "A leading international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. It is engaged in a large number of projects in Europe, Asia and North America. . . . . View Work, Visit Projects, Publications, Work (OMA is continuously in search for talented trainees and professionals) . . . . " - AMO is "a design and research studio based in the company's Rotterdam office. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and master plans, its subsidiary AMO is a think tank that operates in areas beyond the boundaries of architecture and urbanism - including sociology, technology, media and politics." cutuz

2x4 - "With cutting-edge projects in virtually all graphic media-print, web, motion graphics, and environmental design, 2x4's trademark approach heavily emphasizes critical thinking and research. Known for intellectual content and explorations of rhetorical meaning, many of 2x4's projects question the nature of design and are as much about the thinking process behind each work as the finished product. This ideology, based on an almost algorithmic approach, is the foundation for 2x4's pioneering model for design, one that makes process the product." (source SFMoMA)

The Pompeii Forum Project - "A collaborative research venture that is archaeologicaly based, heavily dependent upon advanced technology, and so conceived as to address broad issues in urban history and urban design. Evidence gathered to date challenges commonly held and widely published notions about the evolution of the forum, especially during the final years of the city's life. The goals are to provide the first systematic documentation of the architecture and decoration of the forum, to interpret evidence as it pertains to Pompeii's urban history, and to make wider contributions to both the history of urbanism and contemporary problems of urban design." [The Pompeii Forum Project is an interdisciplinary collaborative research venture sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Virginia, and private contributors.] [See Archival Photographs]

Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples - "In the first century BC, the picturesque Bay of Naples became a favorite retreat for vacationing emperors, senators, and other prominent Romans. They built lavish seaside villas in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius where they could indulge in absolute leisure, read and write, exercise, enjoy their gardens and the views, and entertain friends. The artists who flocked to the region to adorn the villas also created paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts for the residents of Pompeii and nearby towns." - Download the exhibiton brochure, children's study guide, and view the videoclip and slideshows: Highlights from a photographic album of "Pompei," by Giorgio Sommer and Documenting Discovery: The Excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum - (The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC)

ArchitectureWeek - The New Magazine of Design and Building

Allied Works Architecture - "Building in the landscape is an exercise in capturing infinity. In a tenuous balance between the experience of protection and connection, the architecture aspires to manifest a moment of reflection. . . . The potential for evocative experience can be found in any situation . . . In making space for contemporary art, the architecture must first serve the artist. Not by attempting to render a "background" for the art, but by providing a specific spatial presence, an intentional vacancy that achieves meaning through the art itself."

Asian Historical Architecture: A Photographic Survey - Edited by a number of professors and graduate students from Columbia, Yale, and the University of Virginia, this site offers thousands of photographic images of Asia's diverse architectural heritage. In total, the site contains over 6450 photos of 457 sites across seventeen countries. The geographical parameters of the site are limited to areas heavily influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism, or Hinduism. From the site's homepage, visitors can click on any one of the seventeen countries covered here, and look for various items of interest. One rather novel feature is that there are numerous clickable maps of large urban areas, which visitors can use to locate specific landscapes or other aspects of the built environment. Several highlights of the site's photographic images include those locales in Afghanistan, such as the Citadel of Heart (built on the foundations of a fort built by Alexander the Great) and the Minaret of Jam, which stands in the remote Hari Rud river valley. [KMG] <#team> [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.]

Land Views - "A network for artists, architects, designers and ecologists working in and for the landscape . . . . Including 'Ecoartists: Engaging Communities in a New Metaphor' . . . . to envision a more sustainable world?"

National Institute of Standards and Technology - "The National Institute of Standards and Technology is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration. Established in 1901,* NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards."

Digital Archive of American Architecture - [Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC]

archiseek - Architecture Directory

Virtual Architecture's Web Home - Network-Based Educational Activity Structures

fabprefab - Architecture Blog - "An architecture and design magazine that features today's most creative projects as well as the most influential of the past. We work closely with major architects around the world and keep our readers informed with weekly updates."

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Zeroland - Architectural sites and listings by geographic location.

ACADIA [The Association for computer-aided design in Architecture] - "ACADIA was formed in the early 1980's for the purpose of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education."

A Daily Dose of Architecture - "(Almost) daily architectural musings and imagery from New York City.�

Smart Growth Online - "There has been a good deal of talk about the notion of smart growth among those in the planning community, and recent works have suggested that mainstream America is becoming more intrigued by this form of managed growth and development. Some of the tenets of this movement include creating walkable neighborhoods, fostering distinctive communities, and creating a range of housing opportunities and choices. This well-developed site will allow even the casual visitor easy access to a host of materials about the smart growth movement and various projects being developed around the country that adhere to these various tenets and principles. Visitors can sign up to receive a free weekly e-newsletter, browse through full-length publications in their resources archive, and sign up to become a member of the smart growth network. Finally, there is also an online audio archive of talks and lectures sponsored by the smart growth network that dates back to 2000. Some of the speakers featured in the archive include the well-known author and social critic Joel Garreau and Robert Lang, director of urban and metropolitan research at the Fannie Mae Foundation." [KMG] <#team> Scout Report

A New Look at the Multitalented Man Who Made Tropical Landscaping an Art - Slideshow - "Over the last decade, he has emerged as 'something of a hero' for a new generation of American landscape architects, said Karen van Lengen, dean of the school of architecture at the University of Virginia. He is admired not just for his formidable technical skills as an artist, she said, but also for the attention he paid to plant communities and their relationship to the environment. . . . . By organizing native plants in accordance with the aesthetic principles of the artistic vanguard, especially Cubism and abstractionism, he created a new and modern grammar for international landscape design." (Lauro Cavalcanti, curator of the exhibitoin at the Paço Imperial Museum in Rio de Janeiro) - NYTimes 1-20-09

'24 Rooms Tucked Into One - "A tiny Hong Kong apartment is a model of flexible living, with sliding wall units and fold-down tables and chairs. . . . This room --the 'maximum kitchen,' he calls it --and the 'video game room' he was sitting in minutes before are just 2 of at least 24 different layouts that Mr. Chang, an architect, can impose on his 344-square-foot apartment, which he renovated last year. What appears to be an open-plan studio actually contains many rooms, because of sliding wall units, fold-down tables and chairs, and the habitual kinesis of a resident in a small space. As Mr. Chang put it, "I glide around." (NYTimes 1/15/09) - Box of Tricks - (Slideshow)

'A Building that Blooms and Grows, Balancing Nature and Civilization' - "Capped by a stupendous floating green roof of undulating mounds of plants, it embodies the academy's philosophy that humanity is only one part of an endlessly complex universal system. . . . Mr. Piano's building is also a blazingly uncynical embrace of the Enlightenment values of truth and reason. " - (NYTimes 9/24/08) - See the Slideshow

City of Culture - "It involves $27 billion, the world's top architects and a brand-new city of culture . . . . a 670-acre cultural district in Abu Dhabi . . . . the buildings promise to be more than aesthetic experiments, outlining a vision of cross-cultural pollination

. . . . a canal flanked by a string of 19 pavilions that could be used to present art and architecture biennials . . . . the development authority began a series of conversations with Yale University about creating an arts institute - encompassing art, architecture, music and drama - directly across the performing arts center. Next on the agenda is a competition to design a national museum.

Mr. Nouvel conceived of his classical museum as a watery warren of buildings, plazas, alleyways and canals evoking a small city floating on the sea. A shallow lacelike steel dome nearly 600 feet in diameter hovers over the complex, shielding it from the heat and allowing a delicate pattern of light to filter down to the open-air courts. The dome recalls traditional mosques and perhaps the enormous geodesic dome that Buckminster Fuller once proposed erecting over Lower Manhattan, a delicate container meant for the rich cultural mix throbbing underneath. It's as if Mr. Nouvel has fashioned a contemporary Venice, a remarkable expression of the creative magic that can arise when East and West collide. - (View 'News' and more at Atelier Jean Nouvel

Mr. Nouvel and Mr. Gehry have ingeniously harnessed local architectural traditions without stooping to superficial interpretations of historical styles. Intrinsically their designs acknowledge that the flow of culture between East and West has not always been one-sided. If they convey nostalgia, it is for a belief in the future.

It is heartening to see Western architects engaged in seeking a balance between the brute force of global culture --its ruthless effacement of differences, its Darwinian indifference to the have-nots --and the fragility of local traditions . . . . Today most serious practitioners are willing to acknowledge that cultures are forever evolving, and subject to new interpretation . . . . the ultimate challenge lies in taking a hard look at the global role of the arts." - ('A Vision in the Desert' by Nicolai Ouroussoff - NYTimes 2/1/2007)

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company - (DPZ)) - "After studying architecture at Yale in the 1970's, (Andrés Duany) and his wife (Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk) helped to found Arquitectonica, a Miami firm that became known for its modern and hip sensibility . . . . they had decided that the best way to affect a landscape was not through designing discrete buildings, he said, but by writing new building codes governing zoning, parking, retailing, transportation and urban design . . . . Groups began gathering to learn from one another, and "then, it grew," (Andrés Duany) said. . . . New Urbanism has come to monopolize urban planning. The congress, he said, is "the only truly organized voice in planning in the United States and has become the most important force in architecture, with the exception of Frank Gehry, in the last 30 years. . . . Clearly, New Urbanism is out of sync with the phenomenon of the star architect, Mr. Duany added pointedly. "We're a group," he said, "and these days, anybody who's an architect who isn't an 'individual' is very suspicious: 'What do you mean, you all have a system of beliefs? You believe in something other than artistic expression?'" - ('An Architect With Plans for a New Gulf Coast' By Robin Pogrebin. Published: May 24, 2006 - NYTimes)

Antenna - Technological CARE package for the 21st century . . . . Self-Service Check-in Kiosk . . . . . Power Flower . . . . Web Portal in the form of a Self-Standing Revolving Door . . . ."Antenna's mission is to make the experience of technologically enhanced objects and environments more meaningful and exciting. The projects Antenna engages in range from public to commercial, from realized to explorational. Antenna's user-centered design approach, incorporating rapid prototyping and use involvement, helps understand human behavior, which is particularly important when designing the unfamiliar, elicited by new technology."

Comedia - "Original thinking - transforming Cities . . . . The overall ideas seek to answer: How we create the pre-conditions for decision makers at all levels to think, plan and act with imagination and in an integrated way; How we develop a common language across professional disciplines concerned with city making; How we combine an understanding of hard - physical - as well as soft - cultural, social and economic infrastructure; How we encourage people to think differently, so they do things differently and do different things; How do we identify, harness, promote and sustain the creative, cultural resources that are present in every human settlement if we look deeply enough."

Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, UK - including - RCA Now and - Rotating Fish Bowl, Wearable Canoe, Vegetable Tableware, tinyDancer (The social internet has given rise to the virtual- self. I am looking at products that bridge the physical-virtual divide), Animal Superpowers . . . .

Berbard Khoury Beirut's Rebel Architect - "I'm not moralistic," Khoury said to me. "My designs are about joy. I'm very touched when I leave at 7 in the morning and see life coming out of that hole. My problem is that no one is building anything that relates to us today. Instead, we live under tile roofs, the way we represent ourselves in postcards. I think if you define the issues clearly --what is really going on --you have already done a lot." - (Nicolai Ouroussoff, chief architecture critic for The New York Times. Published: May 21, 2006 NYTimes

eOcculus - Eye on New York Architecture and Calendar of Evnets (AIA NY Chapter)

International Interior Design Association

Period Interiors - "An itinerant mural painter, traveling from home to home in the same manner as such early nineteenth-century artists as Rufus Porter, Moses Eaton, and John Avery . . . "

Decorative Arts & Antiques

American Society of Interior Designers - [ASID]

Interior Design Educators Council

CITIZEN:Citizen - "CITIZEN:Citizen makes a connection between the concepts of art and the discipline of design. Our associations, as well as the work itself, are not just the structure but the foundation of our business. We are an agent, a distributor, a manufacturer, a showroom, a gallery, and a space. It is a collection with a clear intention and commitment to pursue honest and integral work."

Council for Interior Design Accreditation - With Links to Programs & Associations

National Council for Interior Design Qualification - "The National Council for Interior Design Qualification serves to identify to the public those interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice by passing the NCIDQ examination."

The Apartment - "Founded in 1999 as an experimental retail venture, the apartment became internationally known and synonymous with modernity and fun, as much for its taste, design work and witty delivery as for its consistent support of forward-thinking designers and brands. the apartment continues to expand its reach through its conceptual events, editorial, online shop and branded entertainment efforts.

Martha Stewart, the Catalog for Living

Decorative Arts and Material Culture. [Univ. of Wisconsin / Madison - Documents, Images, Resources]

HomePortfolio - "HomePortfolio is the leading Internet destination for premium home design products. We present a rich, easy-to-navigate editorial selection of top-of-the-line and hard-to-find products and direct you to your nearest retailers. It's the fastest, easiest way to find the products you want for your home. HomePortfolio lets you choose your favorite products and organize them in your own Personal Portfolio."

Cyburbia - "Internet resources for the built environment . . . . Cyburbia is a non-commercial Web site containing a comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment. "

Marimekko - "Marimekko Corporation is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company that was established in 1951. The company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories under the Marimekko brand, both in Finland and abroad."

Interactive Collector [Includes Online Auctions, Catalogues, Dealer Directory, Associations, Publications,etc.]

Way of Design - "Interior Design with an Oriental Perspective"

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - "Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum believes that design shapes our objects, environments, and communications, making them more desirable, functional, and accessible. The Museum celebrates the nature of design and explores its impact on the quality of our lives."

The Quilt Index - "An online research and reference tool designed to provide unprecedented access to contextual information and images of quilts held in private and public collections. This pilot Index presents quilts inventoried over the past 20 years by quilt documentation projects in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois. The Quilt Index was conceived and developed by The Alliance for American Quilts in partnership with Michigan State University's MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts and Letters Online and the Michigan State University Museum. The Index was supported in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Chandler Decorative Arts - "Decorative Art and Historical Restoration - Faux bois (wood graining) - Trompe l'oeil - Wall glazing and color washing - Italian plaster - Marbling - Gilding - Fine art murals - Hand-painted furniture finishes and decoration - Hand-made wall coverings - Chinoiserie - Exotic cabinet finishes - Recasting and finishing damaged historical architectural features."

Textile Museum - "The Museum's collections represent the textiletraditions of non-Western cultures. Numbering over16,000 objects, the collections span 5,000 years, datingfrom 3,000 B.C.E. to the present." [Washington, DC]

pdf - Textile Terms - (The Textile Museum - Washington, DC)

Suspended Abstract Space - "The spiraling, infinite, self-repeating imagery of fractal coastlines, islands, foliage, and branches locate the viewer in a suspended, abstract space. My work uses the visual language of drawing and painting to expand on the semiotic similarities between maps and fractals." (The work of Shona Macdonald)

Trompe L'Oeil Murals - [Ron Francis]

Art On Walls - Steve Bogdanoff's work is influenced by ancient Greek art; wall murals from the Greek Bronze Age and Greek pottery, c.3100-323 BC.

Interiors & Sources

Bricsnet - "The e-marketplace for the global building industry. is an integrated work-centric environment, where building professionals access industry information, buy and sell materials, obtain mission-critical software applications, and share project information. The software and Internet services at help users to achieve project cost savings, process efficiencies, and stronger relationships with customers, business partners, and suppliers. is used by architects, engineers, building developers and owners, contractors, and building product manufacturers."

Architecture for Humanity

The Furniture Society

Antiques & Collectibles

The Arts & Crafts Society

ArchNet - "An online community for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, landscape architects, and scholars, with a special focus on the Islamic world." [University of Connecticut]

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Beauport - "Some 40 rooms filled with collections of American and European objects, arranged by Sleeper into compositions ofcolor, light, and evocative meaning. "

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America - [Gottscho-Schleisner Collection of Photographs, Library of Congress]

Textile Society of America - "Founded in 1987, TSA serves the interests of textile specialists and has about 500 members worldwide." [Symposia, Workshops, Publications, Job Postings, Links]

Handweavers Guild of America - "The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., is dedicated to encouraging excellence, inspiring creativity, and preserving fiber traditions through education."





IFTH - A Toolbox at the Service of the Industry. A true technological centre at the service of industry, IFTH offers a range of solutions for the development of new products or processes for the different markets: Transport, Health, Apparel or Building. In order to assist companies in their innovation approach, the Institute has developed a network of service platforms for industrial Textile, Apparel and Technical Textile companies."

Fabric Stock Exchange [Textile Brokerage, numerous links to related sites]

First View [Fashion]

Fashiondex Online - "The Complete Source For Everything Textiles! Your One Stop Sourcing Site!"

Musée des Tissus [Lyon, France]

Mode á Paris - Couturiers and Fashion Designers [Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-á-Porter des Couturiers and Créateurs de Mode ]

Textile Museum of Canada

Chinese Art and Antiquities [Some References]


Weaving Art Museum - "During the last two decades appreciation for all types of flat-woven textiles has grown immensely and no longer are these documents of warp and weft placed on the back shelf of art history. For the past decade this focus of energy has spotlighted the kelims of Anatolia (modern day Turkey). Along with this elevation of status has come increased interest to determine the historic and artistic roots of this weaving tradition."

Designs in Tile - "Specialists in Custom Historic Tiles & Murals."

Design Issues [Journal / Massachusetts Institute of Technology] - "The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. Regular features include theoretical and critical articles by professional and scholarly contributors, extensive book reviews, illustrations, and a section for reader response. Special guest-edited issues concentrate on particular themes, such as artificial intelligence, product seminars, design in Asia, and design education. Scholars, students, and professionals in all the design fields are readers of each issue.

Art Center College of Design

Arteriors - "Using artistic talent, dedication to excellence, and good old Yankee ingenuity, Arteriors has provided the best in mural painting and faux finishes for over 20 years. As you browse through our web site you'll see examples of traditional faux finishes, such as stone, marble and wood graining, as well as decorative paint finishes. Check out our "brocade" stenciled wall patterns and many other subtly applied, subtractive sponge, glazed and rag finishes. Our murals are masterfully rendered and range from vintage travel poster style depicting New York City, to panoramic landscape murals painted in the Hudson River School style. Our work is commissioned for both residential and commercial settings and is thoughtfully designed for each individual space."

Design Museum

Digital Murals, Wall Graphics, etc. - "Modern technologies are now allowing the creation of large scale computer generated murals like this one for the lobby of the United Airlines San Francisco maintenance facility . . . . Since 1975, ME PRODUCTIONS has been known as one of the leading innovators in the art of wall graphics and murals for commercial and corporate environments. ME PRODUCTIONS specializes in consultation, design and production of wall graphics and murals for virtually every aspect of the corporate environment. Problems common in many of todays modern offices such as endless hallways, partitioned office mazes, sterile environments and ever changing colors and styles can be inexpensively and dramatically solved with this unique art. We work closely with our clients to custom design their environments within the limits of their specific needs, budget, architectural, and image requirements. We have a professional design and production staff who are proficient in every aspect of painted wall art and are expert in the latest technologies of large scale digital art. We can create both abstract and fine art murals, corporate wall graphics, custom signage, and specialty faux finishes. Let your imagination be your guide." [ME Productions]

Faux like a Pro - "The Internet's Premiere Faux Finish Web Site . . . . faux finish and decorative painting for home improvement do-it-yourselfer, interior designer and painting contractor. Learn how to decorate your house and home with beautiful paint techniques . . . . "

Index of Traditional arts and crafts by Country [Yahoo]

International Directory of Design - "Published by Penrose Press, he International Directory of Design is the only multidisciplinary, multinational, multilingual directory dedicated to the diversity of design: its educational programs, professional organizations, and periodical publications. The search engine has a multilingual index which is cross-referenced in six anguages on the web -- English, French, German, Italian, Potuguese, and Spanish, and is searchable by geographic location and design subject." Colleges & Universities, Journals, Events, etc.

International Fabric Collection - "Offers 100% cotton fabrics from many countries. Please select the country of origin to view currently available swatches. Our minimum purchase is 1/4 yard. All fabrics are subject to prior sale."

Metropolis Magazine - "Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation. Subjects range from the sprawling urban environment to intimate living spaces to small objects of everyday use. In looking for why design happens in a certain way, Metropolis explores the economic, environmental, social, cultural, political, and technological context. With its innovative graphic presentation and its provocative voice, Metropolis shows how richly designed our world can be."

The Manhattan Art and Antiques Center

Mural Routes, inc. - "Follow the Heritage Trail of murals, view our artists' database, view Mural News . . . . "Mural Routes was incorporated in 1994 in order to expand the public art mural project initiated by the Scarborough Arts Council in 1990. It's purpose is to promote and facilitate the creation of public art murals for the benefit of the communities in which they are located. Mural Routes offers communication, guidance and expertise to communities, municipalities and other groups who wish to locate murals in neighbourhoods. Mural Routes is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of wall art as a public art form . . . . " [Mural Links]

Nat Park Service History and Culture - "History is everywhere. In nearly 400 national parks and every hometown . . . .' - People, Places, Stories, Preservation, Collections - For Travelers, For Teachers, For Kids - Publications and Programs

19th and 20th Century Architecture and Design - The Aesthetic Movement

On-Line Arts & Crafts Movement Resource Directory of Products Specific to Turn of the Century

Restoration Hardware

The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd

Remodeling Online [How to, Find a Pro, Design, Products, Resouces, Talk]

SERRV - "A non-profit alternative trade organization that promotes the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by purchasing and marketing their crafts using fair trade practices."

S*P*I*R*O [Architecture Slide Library]

Scandinaviandesign - "Companies, News & Events, Product News, Personalities, The Shop, Books & Magazines, Museums & Schools, Information, Search"

Historic New England - "Oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country" - Historic Properties, Collections, Archives and Publications, Education, and Preservation Services (Formerly: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities - SPENEA)

Society of Architectural Historians - "Founded in 1940, the Society encourages scholarly research in the field and promotes the preservation of significant architectural monuments that are an integral part of our worldwide historical and cultural heritage."

Turn-of-the-Century America / Architecture Exhibition - Library of Congress with Detroit Publishing Company Collection - Includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States.


Historic New England Wallpaper Database

Winterthur Museum, Garden, Library

Worldview - "Worldview is a web-based project of the Architectural League of New York that invites architects from around the world to present reports on what is new and interesting in architecture and urbanism in their cities, with a particular focus on cities and regions that are not adequately reported on by the mainstream architectural press. The city reports, which are posted here at contain information on the architectural and urban historical context of each city, brief essays on contemporary issues of importance, and a look at current work and practitioners. Importantly, the reports reflect the architect-reporters' particular voices and perspectives on the issues they choose to raise. Through this project, the League hopes to increase knowledge of architectural developments and issues in cities around the world, and to provide a forum for discussion." (The Worldview project has been made possible by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts)

Gallery Guide - International listing of Museum and Gallery exhibitions.



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