“You need more fingers than ten:” Collaborating to Document Architectural Practice

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Kathryn Pierce presentation for "New Voices in the Profession" session at the VRA + ARLIS/NA 2nd Joint Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

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“You need more fingers than ten:” Collaborating to Document Architectural Practice

  1. 1. “You need more fingers than ten:” Collaborating to Document Architectural Practice<br />Kathryn Pierce<br />School of Information<br />University of Texas at Austin<br />VRA + ARLIS/NA 2011<br />Friday, March 25, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Presentation overview<br />The Problem<br />Inspiration<br />Context<br />My project<br />Collaboration<br />
  3. 3. Long term preservation of digital architectural recordsArchitectural firms have limited concern about the preservation of records<br />Problem<br />
  4. 4. “A crucial link in the continuum between architectural records of the past and those of the future is being contemporaneously lost simply because no one knows what to do with the records of the moment.” <br />– Laura Tatum, “Documenting Design: A Survey of State-of-the-Art Practice for Archiving Architectural Records,” Art Documentation 21, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 29. <br />5.5 in. floppy disk at the Alexander Architectural Archive, <br />The University of Texas at Austin, <br />Photo by Kathryn Pierce, February 12, 2010<br />Drawings at the Irish Architectural Archive, <br />Dublin, Photo by Kathryn Pierce, July 2, 2010<br />By Richard Binning (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons<br />http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DVD.png<br />
  5. 5. Inspiration<br />revit_screenshot<br />William Cromar<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamcromar/4998526213/<br />00-RESUMEN2-C<br />Image by Alvaro Carnicero<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarocarnicero/116738738/<br />PFC/30-b/Esquema Funcional<br />Image by Alvaro Carnicero<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarocarnicero/113846152/<br />
  6. 6. Art Institute of Chicago - Allerton Building, 2006<br />Photo by Wally Gobetz<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/170180928/<br />Digital Design Data – Art Institute of Chicago Architecture and Design Department <br />Modern wing, Art Institute of Chicago, 2009<br />Photo by Marit & ToomasHinnosaar<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/hinnosaar/3796423217/<br />Context<br />
  7. 7. Context<br />FACADE – Future-proofing Architectural Computer-Aided Design<br />MIT Libraries & School of Architecture and Planning<br />Ray and Maria Stata Center, MIT<br />Photo by Christopher Chan <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/chanc/374392584/<br />Project Information Model, FACADE, MIT Libraries<br />http://facade.mit.edu<br />
  8. 8. Interview and observation based study Engage record creators Consider lifecycle of recordsInclude asset managers <br />My Project<br />
  9. 9. Can libraries, archives, museums, and visual resources collections become viable repositories for long-term preservation? What else can be done to create an active, contemporary, evolving collaboration between these professions? <br />Questions?<br />
  10. 10. “You need more fingers than ten:” Collaborating to Document Architectural Practice<br />Build relationships between repositories and the architectural community <br />Multiple perspectives<br />Different priorities<br />
  11. 11. Selective Bibliography<br />Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. Collecting, Archiving and Exhibiting Digital Design Data. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2004-2007, http://www.artic.edu/aic/depts/architecture/ddd.html.<br />Jolene de Verges & Allison Benedetti,“Saving Our Cultural Heritage: New Efforts to Preserve CAD Models” presentation at the annual meeting for the Art Libraries Society of North America, 38th Annual Conference Proceedings, http://www.arlisna.org/news/conferences/2010/proceed_index.html. <br />MacKenzie Smith, “Final Report for the MIT FACADE Project: October 2006-August 2009,” MIT Libraries, accessed online at http://facade.mit.edu/presentations.html.<br />Laura Tatum, “Documenting Design: A Survey of State-of-the-Art Practice for Archiving Architectural Records,” Art Documentation 21, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 29. <br />Flicker images used under Creative Commons license,http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.<br />Thank you to ARLiSNAP for selecting me to speak in the “New Voices in the Profession” session. I would like to acknowledge the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their generous support of the Doctoral Preservation Fellows at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Finally, a special thanks to the Alexander Architectural Archives and Architecture and Planning Library staff and to faculty and students in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. <br />

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