Architectural Sources on the InterNet

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From: [email protected] (Ian G. Theaker)
Subject: architectural sources on the InterNet
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 1994 16:01:30 GMT

I found this while gophering about last night. Good luck,!


Compiled by Jeanne M. Brown
Architecture Studies Librarian
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This edition is dated February 1994. Additions and/or
changes to the previous edition (11-93) are indicated with
an *. All of Section 1c and Section 11 are additions.
Thanks to Kim Larsen, Peter Stott, Kazys Varnelis, Gunter
Enzi, and Ziga Turk for their comments and suggestions.

I plan on issuing periodic revisions and additions, to be
posted to the University of Michigan Clearinghouse for
Subject-Oriented Internet Research Guides, and would
appreciate receiving corrections and/or suggestions. They
may be sent to [email protected] or to Jeanne Brown,
The University Libraries, Box 45-7001, University of
Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 89154-7001. This is
not purported to be a comprehensive list; nor can I
guarantee that it is completely error free. Nonetheless it is
hoped that it will assist those interested in architecture and
building in their use and explorations of the Internet.

Knowledge of basic Internet operations such as gopher,
telnet, ftp etc. is assumed.

Keywords include: architecture, building, construction,

Copyright: Permission is granted to use this material for
non-commercial purposes, provided the author is credited.

Section 1: Gopher Collections
a. general collections of which architecture
is a part
b. gophers devoted to architecture/
construction/ building
* c. gophers of architecture schools/university
Section 2: WWW-based Information Servers
Section 3: Electronic Journals
Section 4: Listservs
Section 5: Newsgroups
Section 6: Full Text
Section 7: Images
Section 8: Indexes
Section 9: Library Catalogs
Section 10: FTP Sites
* Section 11: Government Information Sources

Format: Following the gopher, ftp, www, or telnet address,
separated by slashes, is the path to the material described.
For example, UNLV's Architecture Studies Department has
material on the UNLV gopher, but to get there you must
first gopher to, then choose UNLV
Campus Information, then choose College of Engineering,
before finally being offered the choice Architecture Studies.
This is indicated in the standard format: Campus Information/College of
Engineering/Architecture Studies


Section 1: Gopher Collections.

a. Many gophers are offering information grouped by
subject or discipline. A few which have good sections
devoted to art and architecture, fine arts, and/or
architecture alone are listed here.

NCSU's discipline approach. One of the few that
have separated architecture from art. At this
gopher, as of 11/93, you will find ADA
Regulations, Archigopher, Architronic, and
Archpics. Gopher to NCSU's
Library Without Walls/ Study Carrels/ Architecture
(or Disability Information for the ADA

* RiceInfo, Rice University discipline approach.
gopher to 1/ subject/ architecture.
One of the two gophers (along with NCSU)
currently listed in gopher jewels under architecture,
with a relatively extensive menu including standard
sources such as Archigopher, but also some not
usually seen, such as the menu choice for the
Chicago Architecture Foundation and Netspiro (the
UCB image library). In my opinion, currently the
best of this type for architecture and related fields
(termed in RiceInfo as sub-fields, and including
building/construction, computer graphics/cad,
design, environment, horticulture, and urban

UCSB's discipline approach. This combines art and
architecture. Gopher to gopher
central/ Donald C. Davidson Library Gopher/ the
Arts Library/ Art and Architecture. As of 11/93 you
will find the ACM SIGGRAPH Online Bibliography
Project, Archigopher, Artbase: Bibliography of Arts
Online, Ceramics gopher, Listservs in Art, the
Vatican Library Exhibition, and a UCSB Library
Reference Guide for Art.

Library of Congress' discipline approach. Gopher
to Global Electronic Library/
The Arts.

Output Magazine. It calls itself a magazine, but its
really a collection of items gleaned from the
Internet. It is all supposed to be design-related,
although the relation is sometimes only in the eye of
its creator. Gopher to UT
Austin/ Departments and Projects/ Output
Magazine. Includes postings from various net lists,
such as DESIGN-L (see mailing lists on initial

Carnegie Mellon's gopher is Mac-based, with lots
of Mac compressed files. Gopher to english- Art and Architecture. Includes
postings from alt.architecture (newsgroup),
Architronic, image files and more.

b. The following gophers are devoted specifically to
architecture, building construction, and related fields. Archigopher. Currently
concentrating on images, it plans to expand, and
serve the cause of "dissemination of architectural
Included are samples of Palladio's architectural
projects, CAD images, lunar architecture, and
Greek architecture. DAEDALUS Design
Gopher. An experimental gopher at the Centre for
Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology, it is intended to provide "virtual
document collections that reflect the original nature
of the research being undertaken at the Centre." The
particular focus of the Centre is environmental
design. Links are provided to other net sources
under the subjects architecture, building &
construction, design, horticulture, urban planning,
and environment. The Co-operative Network for
Building Researchers is using this gopher as a home
as well, with a database of members.

* Building and Construction Research
(TNO-Bouw). Menu choices include Centre for
Building Research, Centre for Fire Research,
Building Technology, Indoor Environment, and
others. Netherlands R & D/ consulting center. OASE (Online Architecture
Students of Eindhoven), Netherlands

* IRMA (Information Reference
Model for AEC) archive. It contains papers,
archives from the email conference, and software
utilities. From researchers and students at
the faculty of Architecture & Town Planning,
Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology. Topics,
according to the information they have provided,
will include "recent construction technologies,
professional and student architectural projects, and
historical/theoretical material relevant to
architectural research."

* ICARIS -- Integrated CAD
in AEC Research Information Server, from
Slovenia. Just started in August 1993. "The server
should collect information related to research . . . in
. . . : topics of the CIB W78, integrated computer
aided design in architecture-engineering-construction
industries, topics of the CBR (Computers and
Building Regulations), AEC Information Systems,
and automation in construction in general."

* Istituto Universitario di
Architetture, Venice In addition to information
about the school, it contains (among other things) a
link to its library catalog, and a demonstration
WAIS-searchable SGML database.

* c. More and more university departments and schools are
taking advantage of the capabilities of gopher to mount
information on their programs. Most are "under
development." Many offer menu choices that prove to have
little or no information attached. Their addresses are
included for those interested in this area of gopher

* Information/ Catalogue/
School of Architecture University of Southern
California. Probably the most extensive data I
found for an architecture school gopher. Another
approach to finding information on this gopher
related to the School of Architecture is to search the
indexes (a choice on the first menu) by
"architecture". This turned up the School of
Architecture's responses to the provost's questions
regarding strategic planning, as well as information
on the Architecture Library.

* Campus Information/
College of Engineering/ Architecture Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Planning is
underway to expand in the next several months.

* Istituto Universitario di
Architetture, Venice. It includes syllabi and research
projects of the faculty (in Italian) as well as other
non-school items.

* Produced by the
students in an Architectural Modeling class, the
projects in siteX provide the substance here.

* inform./ architecture Czech
Technical University. A description of the program,
and staff information.

* materials and
structures center Michigan State University,
engineering primarily. The center's information
includes newsletters and a calendar of conferences
in the US with the dates of the conference, ate the
abstract is due, and date the paper is due.

* of Art and
Architecture Brown University. Departmental
description and concentration requirements.

* University of

* Yale. At the
moment, only the school's academic calendar is
posted, but it includes jury week!

* University of Virginia.
Although only one of the three menu choices
contains information (the description), the
computers in planning menu choice to be developed
is intriguing.

* University of Hawaii School of

* /Resources of Interest to Your
Field of Study/School of Architecture
Mississippi State University

* University of Maryland School of

* Austin/Departments and
Projects/Output Magazine/SLAB and UT School of
Architecture So far this is mostly links to other
gophers of interest, but it promises that soon will be
included SLAB Magazine, samples of work, and
information files.

* University of Minnesota,
College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture.
Nothing there yet but the advisement "under


Section 2: WWW-based Information Servers

The EDV-Lab at the Technical University of Vienna
(Austria) has set up an architecture-related web site.
Mosaic URL address: To enter the
www system, telnet to One option
will be www sites by location. For this site, choose
location, then Austria. This web site includes
connections to other architecture-related gophers,
online art and architecture journals, architecture-
related newsgroups, and miscellaneous. It (thanks to
Gunter Enzi) also has produced a hypertext version
of this list!

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has recently
announced a gopher and a web site. To get to the
web site telnet to, login:www.
Access is provided to their gopher, their library
catalog, and their publications list. The Lawrence
Berkeley Laboratory has a Center for Building
Science which has programs in Building
Technologies (including windows and daylighting),
Energy Analysis, and Indoor Air Quality.

* Georgia Institute of Technology graphics,
Visualization and Useability Center.

(See also Section 11: Government Information


Section 3: Electronic Journals

Architronic, architecture's electronic journal,
produced by Kent State University Department of
Architecture and Environmental Design, is available
at several sites, or you can subscribe by sending a
message to [email protected] :
subscribe arcitron <name>

* To have a look at the first issue, gopher to Global Electronic Library/ the Arts/
Arts Journals. For the most recent issue, gopher to Various gophers have different
issues of Architronic. To generate a list of sites with
Architectonic issues, search veronica.

Although Architronic is the only electronic journal
in architecture, related areas are fielding journals of
their own. To find electronic journals in related
areas, gopher to Journals are
organized in various ways, including subject. Art is
a subject; Architecture is under the subject
"Science" -- as are engineering, environment, and
other topics of interest.


Section 4: Listservs (Discussion Groups)

Design-L: this discussion group interprets "design"
broadly to include arts, architecture, industrial
design, etc. The list owner pulls many postings
from other discussion groups (like ARTCRIT) and
newsgroups (like alt.architecture). To subscribe
send the subscription request to
[email protected] or [email protected]
If you want to view some recent postings, gopher
to Daedalus or Output Magazine (see above in gopher

The lighting discussion group is quite active
(although less so with the establishment of
newsgroup, with postings ranging
from technical to general discussions. To subscribe
send subscription request to [email protected]

The only specifically "architecture" discussion group
is ARQUITECTURA-L, in Spanish, originating in
Venezuela. To subscribe send a message to
[email protected]

Computer-related lists include [email protected], [email protected] (or @vtvm2., and [email protected] There are

* A couple of construction discussion groups are
operating out of the UK: To subscribe to BUILT-
ENVIRONMENT or IT-RD send a JOIN message
(e.g. JOIN IT-RD First Name Last Name) to
[email protected] to browse the archives
of mailbase lists, gopher to Lists
are in sections, alphabetically by list name.

* Consortium of Art and Architecture Historians
(CAAH). This is a restricted list. To apply send a
subscribe message to [email protected] or
[email protected] You'll be given
further instructions by email.

* Cooperative Network for Building Researchers. To
join send a message to [email protected] with
your name, department, institution; email, fax,
phone and postal addresses; and indicate your main
teaching and research areas.

* ICARIS (see gopher description) also runs a
discussion group. To subscribe send message to
[email protected] the message should read

* IRMA (also a gopher). to subscribe to the
discussion list send mail to [email protected] with SUBSCRIBE IRMA-L in the body
of the message.

Lists of listservs in the arts, and their addresses, are
available at many sites. e.g. gopher to ucsbuxa., choose gopher central, library gopher,
arts library, art and architecture. For a selected list
aimed at architecture interests, see the article in
C&RL News April 1993. Easy access to the
standard Kovacs list by academic discipline is
provided at the University of Saskatchewan (gopher
to, choose Computing, then
Internet Information, then Directory of Scholarly
Electronic Conferences). This list is searchable by


Section 5: Newsgroups

* alt.architecture is the name of a "newsgroup" or
informal discussion group. Some topics which have
been discussed in the past are architecture schools,
alternatives to fiberglass insulation, pedestrian
malls, and gargoyles. You can read the most recent
postings to alt.architecture by gophering to RiceInfo
(see above). Other usenet newsgroups of interest
are alt.cad, alt.planning.urban,,
and The gopher at the
Virginia Polytechnic ( accesses 46
usenet news servers (each server has thousands of
newsgroups), including their own. An excellent site
for browsing through newsgroups. And hopefully
your system will have local news feeds and readers
(such as RN, TIN, or Trumpet) to read these groups
at will.


Section 6: Full Text

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The full-
text of the ADA is available online at several
locations. Gopher to
topics/ libraries/ ADA, or gopher to dewey.lib. without walls/ study carrels/
disability information/ ADA. One problem with the
online edition is that it is long, and frustrating to
use if you want to do a quick browse. Perhaps
soon there will be a searchable online edition.

* Documents related to the ADA are at gopher resources/united states
government/ ada regulations

The Carnegie Mellon gopher (english-server.hss. includes full text of some article-length
pieces, e.g. "Office Patterns." Choose Art and
Architecture, then Text.

Architronic, the electronic journal described above,
is of course also "full text."

* Commerce Business Daily. Gopher to
Searchable index for last day, and last ten days.
Commerce Business Daily "announces invitations to
bid on proposals requested by the US Federal
Government. This gopher is updated every business


Section 7: Images

Unless you have mosaic on your system (and many
of us do not), images on the Internet must be
retrieved and downloaded before viewing. Software
for viewing is also necessary. Several freeware
software can be obtained easily from the Library of
Congress gopher: Library of
Congress: Facilities, Activities, and Services/
Events and Exhibits/ Online Exhibits/ [any of the
exhibits listed]/ viewers. Information in the
README will help you select the appropriate

CAD models, architecture projects, Palladio Image
Archive, Lunar architecture --- all this and more can
be found at the archigopher. Gopher to libra.arch.

Johns Hopkins' gopher includes several images.
Gopher to, choose Images, then

Images are posted to the newsgroups alt.binaries. (for pictures done using
computer graphics programs) and alt.binaries.
pictures.fine-art.digitized (for reproductions).
Archives are available for ftp from uxa.ecn.bgu.

The Carnegie-Mellon gopher (english-server.hss. includes many images, as well as pointers
to many of those elsewhere, in both dos and mac
formats. Choose Art and Architecture, then either
Gopher or Images.

The Otis collection of images is available for ftp:
ftp to

* Texas A & M images collection. Gopher to / Hot topics: A & M's Most
Popular Items/ Images Images include those
from University of Michigan, the Vatican Library,
the Bodleian Library, the University of
Pennsylvania's Art History Slide Tray, and Johns

* Mostly for mac: ftp to

* University of California Berkeley image library
(requires xwindows). Accessible through Riceinfo
(gopher to


Section 8: Indexes

ACM SIGGRAPH Online Bibliography Project.
Searchable by keyword, this online bibliography
will turn up lots of material on such topics as CAD
and computer graphics. It is available at several
gophers, including UCSB and Library of Congress.

Arizona State's Solar Energy Index can be searched
by telnetting to, choose Other Library
Catalogs, then Arizona State.

Uncover, a table of contents index covering many
architecture periodicals (1986- ), is now accessible
without charge. Telnet and choose

Archpics, an index to architectural illustrations, is
available through the NCSU gopher (see above), or
directly from Carnegie Mellon (telnet library.cmu.
edu, login:library).

Artbase: Bibliography of Arts Online is available at
several gophers, including UCSB.

* Art/Architecture titles from Princeton University
Press. Gopher to


Section 9: Library Catalogs (a sampling).

To obtain the telnet address and logon procedures
for libraries not listed below, gopher to, choose Research and Library
Services, More Research and Library Services,
Library Catalogs Beyond Yale. The list is
searchable by location or keyword.

Julia Morgan Collection, San Simeon: Calpoly State
University, San Luis Obispo. Telnet library.calpoly.
edu (to exit type x at menu).

Roman Ecclesiastical Architecture, University of
Wisconsin Milwaukee. Telnet
(to exit type exit or end).

Columbia University Library. Telnet columbianet. (to exit type q twice). The Avery is
the premier architecture collection; however their
online catalog, named CLIO, dates from 1981 only.

Carnegie Mellon. Telnet Includes
archpics, an index to architectural illustrations.

* Iowa State Visual Resources Collection (College of
Design) index. Gopher to
Research Information/VRC Indexes for medium,
country, artist, title, style, technique, century,
location. Includes architecture.

EPA National Catalog Database. Telnet epaibm.

Rensselaer Polytechnic (including a separate
architecture slides database). Telnet infotrax. About 30,000 volumes in
architecture, with a special interest in emerging

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (see WWW-based
Information Servers above).

University of California. Telnet In
addition to strong collections in architecture at
UCLA (23,000 volumes) and Berkeley (160,000
volumes), the UC Melvyl catalog is also a gateway
to the catalogs of many other impressive collections
including Harvard, Princeton, Penn State, Yale.

Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (including
Arizona State University). Telnet
Arizona State has an architecture collection of about
20,000 volumes, and specializes in solar and energy
efficient design.

Harvard. Telnet Login: hollis.
VT100 required. About 235,000 volumes in

Yale. Telnet port 6520. VT100
required. About 75,000 volumes in architecture,
with emphasis on theory and research.

University of Michigan. Telnet
At host? prompt type mirlyn. VT100 required.
About 50,000 volumes in architecture.

* University of Maryland College Park, including the
National Trust Library. Telnet,
select pac, select University of Maryland College


Section 10: FTP sites (Additional sites can be identified by
searching archie).

* Otis:
In addition to the OTIS choice, you can choose
vatican archives or smithsonian.

Disability info:
(file ico.dok therein)

* Mostly for mac: graphics/

Images posted to newsgroup alt.binaries.
pictures.fine-art: ftp


*Section 11: Government Information Sources (a selection
of those thought to be of interest to architecture/building.
Extensive guides to government sources are found at the
University of Michigan Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented
Internet Research Guides).

* Many gophers link to government information,
including (of course) the Library of Congress
gopher ( and InfoSlug at the
University of California Santa Cruz (gopher to community/guide to

* A good collection of US government gophers can be
found at the UC-Irvine gopher. Gopher to gopher- virtual reference desk / US
government gophers.

* NTIS FedWorld, in addition to NTIS information,
is a major gateway to government information, but
difficult to access as often busy. Telnet

* Environmental Protection Agency gopher. Gopher
to It includes ACCESS EPA, a
directory full of information, that also refers you to
other sources, and a link to the EPA online library

* Water Resources. Gopher to
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