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Image Discovery Week – Check Out CAMIO

Fri, 2017-03-24 15:12

OCLC’s Catalog of Art Museum Images Online (CAMIO) is a growing online collection of approximately 100,000 images documenting works of art from prominent museums. Its contents represent global cultures from prehistoric to contemporary, covering the complete range of expressive forms. Images can downloaded and they may be used for educational purposes if they are cited.

Crossing the Ohio Louisville

McCulloug Chainsaw Factory Chair

Image Discovery Week – Archivision Research Library

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:51

During the past year, the Design Library Image Collection added more than 70,000 commercial images from the Archivision Research Library. These high quality images cover of the subject areas of architecture, urban design, archaeology, landscape architecture and art. The time periods included range from ancient to 21st Century. The Library is intended for scholarship and teaching in architecture and art history but also has broad appeal across disciplines. The collection is curated by Scott Gilchrist, a trained architect as well as professional photographer.

To view the images from the Archivision Research Library, just go to LUNA and do a keyword search for “Archivision.” Don’t forgot to login to see more than just thumbnails!

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

Brookfield Place

Image Discovery Week – Learn More about ARTstor Digital Library

Wed, 2017-03-22 16:54

ARTstor is a digital library of over 2 million images in the areas of art, graphic design, industrial design, the built environment, the humanities, and the sciences. It provides tools to browse, search, view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.

With ARTstor, patrons can download high-resolution images, create image groups (folders), direct others to specific images or image groups through persistent URLs or hyperlinks, upload personal files, export images to their Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool or into PowerPoint, and integrate content with courseware. ARTstor also provides mobile support for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices, which features Flashcard View for study.

Some of these features require instructor-level privileges (open to students and staff as well). To obtain privileges (open to students and staff as well), email Barbara Brenny.

Some notable collections in ARTstor include:

  • Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
  • Art on File’s Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art
  • Columbia University’s architecture collection
  • Ezra Stoller Modern Architecture Archive
  • Foundation for Landscape Studies
  • Cooper Union’s graphic design collection
  • Hartill Archive of Architecture and Allied Arts
  • Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
  • Islamic Art and Architecture (Sheila Blair)
  • Magnum Photos
  • MOMA’s architecture and design collection
  • Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Archive (SAHARA)

Image Discovery Week: Glass Negatives and Lantern Slides

Wed, 2017-03-22 11:42

This week, we’re joining the Harrye B. Lyon Design Library of the NCSU College of Design to celebrate Image Discovery Week by highlighting some of the unique visual resources offered through NCSU Libraries.  Check out the Design Library blog to view a sampling of the wonderful images they have to offer, which they’re sharing in a blog blitz all of this week.

Today we’re sharing some of the images from the University Archives Photograph Collection of glass plate negatives and lantern slides, showing scenes of farm life and landscapes around North Carolina (because it’s also Agricultural Awareness Week!).

"Two people standing in a tobacco field"

This collection consists of glass negatives and lantern slides that were created by developing a photographic negative over a piece of light-sensitive lantern glass, and were then often hand-painted to give the image a rich, colorful finish. The slides were displayed using “Magic Lantern Slide” technology, lit up by lantern or candle light, and projected on a wall.

"Children in front of strip farming fields"

Much of the material in this collection was created by or received from the Agricultural Extension Service, and depicts various aspects of agriculture in North Carolina, including agricultural extension work, agricultural research, farms and farm life, animal husbandry, botany, horticulture, and crop science.

"Barn, fields and a row of flowers with mountains in the background"

"African American Home Demonstration Club at Thompson's Roadside Market"

"Man with flowers in field in the mountains"

"Harvesting Lespedeza hay with mule-drawn agricultural equipment"

You can view more of the slides in this collection through our Rare and Unique Digital Collections site, where you can also access thousands of imagesvideoaudio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.  If you’d like to learn more about these resources or have any other questions, as always, please feel free to contact us!

Image Discovery Week – Take a Sneak Peak of the Dean Henry L. Kamphoefner Image Collection

Tue, 2017-03-21 15:12

The staff at the Design Library have been working diligently behind the scenes to digitize all of the 35mm slides donated by the founding dean of the College of Design, Henry L. Kamphoefner. The slides he donated are a combination of his original photography and those given to him by professional contacts.

There are still many more slides to digitize, but please take this opportunity to see works of architecture and landscape architecture ranging from ancient to 20th Century. See modernist masterpieces like Paul Rudolph’s Cocoon House or James Fitzgibbon’s Daniel House. View examples of North Carolina Architecture, like Clemmer & Horton’s Catawba Dairy Bar or J. Frank Fitzgibbons’s George Paschal House. All of the images that have been digitized so far are viewable here.

This project was begun in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the College of Design in 2018. Check back with the Design Library for future developments on this fascinating project.

Cocoon House

Daniel House

Catawba Dairy Bar

George Paschal House

Image Discovery Week!

Fri, 2017-03-17 15:54

Come to the Design Library or to the Special Collections Research Center from Monday, 2/29 to Friday, 3/4, and join us during Image Discovery Week!  Image Discovery Week highlights the image and visual resources available from the NCSU Libraries.

We’ll have an eboard set up in the Design Library, displaying a rotating sample of images from the ARTstor Digital Library and the Design Library Image Database. We’ll also have bookmarks and a brochure listing image resources to hand out.

On Wednesday, from noon to 4pm, an HTC Vive virtual reality system will be set up in the Design Library, and anyone will be welcome to try it out.

For information on image databases and other image resources available at the NCSU Libraries:

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/guides/design/imageresources

And for image collections created by the NCSU Libraries:

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/design/imageoverview

Special Collections digital image collections:

http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/

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Family of George Matsumoto visits Special Collections and Hunt Library

Tue, 2017-03-14 09:31

The family of former NCSU School (now College) of Design faculty member George Matsumoto visited Special Collections, Hunt Library, and the College of Design on Monday, March 13. The family, along with representatives from the College of Design and other interested members of the public from North Carolina Modernist Houses celebrated and honored Matsumoto’s architectural legacy in North Carolina and beyond.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) also acquired new materials donated by the family that will be available for researcher use in the near future. SCRC has already digitized the Matsumoto architectural drawings, which are available online. The George Matsumoto Papers were acquired in the late 1990s and contain important materials documenting Matsumoto’s work, including correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings and sketches, and other materials. George Matsumoto’s work was documented in a publication from 1997 called “Simplicity, Order, and Discipline: The work of  George Matsumoto from the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections.”

Matsumoto was born in 1922 in San Francisco, California, and earned his B. A. in Architecture from Washington University. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later worked with various architectural firms. Soon thereafter he joined NC State’s new School of Design in 1948 until he left for Berkeley in 1961. Matsumoto was brought to NC State by Henry L. Kamphoefner, the first Dean of the School of Design. Matsumoto is considered to be one of the key early faculty members at Design, and especially important as a practitioner and teacher who promoted modernist architecture.

Matsumoto was influenced by leading architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer; Burns wrote that “The ideas that mattered most to George Matsumoto as a designer and as a teacher were those that served as the focal themes of the modern movement: strict adherence to functional demands, clarity of plan, structural logic and expression, economy of means, perfection of detail, and the rationalization of construction processes tending toward industrialization.”

To learn more about Special Collections, or to access Special Collections materials, please contact us here.

Special Collections reveal rich history of Bragaw Residence Hall landscape on NC State campus

Tue, 2017-02-14 10:29

Blog post contributed by Lindsey Naylor

The Landscape Architecture Archive in the Special Collections Research Center provided historical insight on Monday for Master of Landscape Architecture students working to redesign the courtyard space behind Bragaw Residence Hall.

The full space between the Bragaw, Lee and Sullivan residence halls was designed in the early 1970s by Lewis Clarke, a well-known modernist landscape architect who taught in the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture during the 1950s and 1960s. The Lewis Clarke Collection, one of the largest in the archive, includes as-built drawings and project files for the space, which was one of several residence hall projects that Clarke’s firm completed for NC State at the time.

Clarke’s original design included an amphitheater, a rolling lawn with clusters of trees, a courtyard off of the Bragaw common area, an entry planting off of the Sullivan parking lot, and a series of sweeping brick paths with white brick accents that echoed the style of the paths designed by Richard Bell and installed a decade earlier to the west of the Brickyard.

Students are proposing new designs for the Bragaw space, which has morphed over time as Fountain Dining Hall was constructed and as new paths were installed that cut through the original design. The drawings and files from the Clarke collection helped paint a picture for students of how and why the Bragaw space evolved, which pieces of the current landscape are remnants of the Clarke design, and how a new design might respond to the site’s historical context.

In addition to the Clarke drawings and files, students were able to review slide images from the Office of the University Architect Records that showed Clarke’s models and concept diagrams for the project, the construction process, and the final constructed space.

Students examine slide images of Clarke's models and of the 1970s iteration of the Bragaw landscape.

Images in the Rare and Unique Digital Collections showed students how the space was used before Bragaw’s construction in 1958: During the 1940s the site was home to Vetville, a community of pre-fabricated apartments for veteran students with families, and one of several campus projects built quickly to accommodate the post-war boom of students attending NC State with support from the G.I. Bill.

The site once was home to Vetville, a pre-fabricated apartment community for veteran students with families.

Combined, the collections offered a rich history of the site for students who are considering how to transform it yet again. Students will translate their designs into construction documents, with the possibility that one scheme will be constructed by a summer Design+Build class. The studio, LAR 503 Design Development, led by Carla Delcambre and Jesse Turner, is working with University Housing and the NC State Facilities Division to get feedback on designs throughout the semester.

Special Collections partners with COD faculty member Kofi Boone to evaluate “lost landscapes” on campus

Fri, 2017-02-10 15:17

Blog post contributed by Lindsey Naylor

In LAR 582: Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism, students take part in formal class debates and deploy arguments that draw from their growing knowledge of theory. For the first debate, Professor Kofi Boone assigned two teams that argue opposing sides of the question: Is the new landscape for the Talley Student Union a step forward or a step backward?

But only two students had actually seen the previous student union landscape — a visit to the Special Collections Research Center was definitely called for! With access to detailed drawings and archival images pulled from three separate collections, the whole class could grasp the forms, spaces and uses that defined what was then called the Student Center Plaza.

The former plaza was designed by Richard Bell, a renowned local landscape architect who just a few years earlier had designed the Brickyard. Bell’s design for the Student Center Plaza featured a multi-level fountain that stepped down into the site; walls and plantings that created a buffer against the railroad and the traffic of Dunn Avenue; an amoeba-like open lawn; and seating that wrapped around the site and the student union.

A 1980s view of the former Student Center Plaza. Dunn Avenue is beyond the wall in the background. UA 003.026

Students in Boone’s class came to D.H. Hill Library on Thursday to see in person the drawings and images from the Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials, the Office of the University Architect Records, and the G. Milton Small Papers.

The Richard C. Bell collection, in the Landscape Architecture Archive, holds about a dozen drawings for his Student Center Plaza design, including grading and planting plans, site sections, construction details and illustrative renderings.

The University Architect collection has dozens of slide images, taken in the 1970s and 1980s, that give a rich picture of the plaza’s use and its human scale. About 25 of the slides were scanned for Boone’s class and soon will be available online in the Rare and Unique Digital Collections.

The Small collection includes floor plans, elevations and perspective renderings of the Student Center and the Student Supply Store, the two buildings that formed the southern and western edges of the plaza. The Student Supply Store was demolished during the new Talley construction, and the Student Center was gutted to form the core of the new building.

Students examine Bell's 1975 grading plan for the Student Center Plaza.

SCRC holds a wealth of materials that give insight into the history of community spaces on NC State’s campus. Boone, who works in the Experience Design Lab at the College of Design, is exploring ways to use digitized archival images and oral histories in conjunction with site-based virtual and augmented reality, to enrich individual experiences of campus and other landscapes.

Boone brought to class an Oculus Gear VR to share a 360-degree image of the current Talley landscape and refresh students’ memories of the existing site design. SCRC Associate Head and Curator Gwynn Thayer brought an early “model” as a fun, historical comparison– a stereoviewer, which was the 19th century’s attempt at creating a three-dimensional alternate reality.

Kofi Boone uses the Oculus Gear VR to view a 360-degree image of the current Talley Student Union landscape.

Student Jackson Kiel uses the stereoviewer to view a 19th-century sublime landscape.

Phaidon Design Classics iPad app

Wed, 2017-01-25 10:33

Phaidon Design Classics, a three volume set covering beautifully designed objects is now available in the Design Library as an iPad app. The app offers, at the touch of a finger, access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless design classics by not only renowned designers, such as Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Le Corbusier, Jasper Morrison, Dieter Rams, Eero Saarinen, and Philippe Starck but also anonymously designed pieces, such as the clothes peg, the corkscrew, and the chopstick, that have stood the test of time.  Come to the Design Library and check out an iPad or iPad mini to try out this unique app.

For more information on the app, see the publisher’s website: http://www.phaidon.com/apps/phaidon-design-classics/

New iPad app for Design

Wed, 2017-01-25 10:17

Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers’s singular explanation of complex color theory principles. Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, the content is now available as an iPad app, and has been added to all the iPads and iPad minis in the Design Library.  The Interaction of Color mobile app for iPad is packed with elegant and innovative features that help you understand the book’s ideas, view the plates, experiment, and create and share your own designs. This interactive edition of one of the most influential books on color ever written offers users an entirely new way to experience Josef Albers’s original masterwork.  Come check out an iPad or iPad mini from the Design Library to try out this unique and fascinating app.

For more about the app and the book, see the publisher’s information here: http://yupnet.org/interactionofcolor/

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