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Posted: May 14, 2008

"Archivision" Collection at Rensselaer Libraries

"Archivision" is an educational image resource for architecture, urban design, garden landscape, landscape architecture, and public art. The image collection was largely photographed by Scott Gilchrist, a professional photographer, architect and former visual resource curator. Rensselaer Libraries has acquired the base package of the Archivision Digital Archive which is comprised of 16,000 images with extensive data. According to descriptions on their web site, the "Archive's Base Collection is a core architecture collection representing major Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th & 19th Century and Modern sites selected from our more than 100,000 slide archive. The focus here is the Italian Renaissance and Baroque and Modern architecture, especially the work of Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier. The collection also includes gardens & parks, city skylines, cityscapes and public art as well as other design related topics, such as C. R. Mackintosh furniture drawings, etc." In total, the archive is a unique resource of high quality images for teaching architecture, landscape architecture and the history of art.

The images are searchable by  title, creator, site and location. Users can also apply "boolean" searches by using two terms linked with the words "and/or." Images are also grouped into portfolios by style periods such as "Art Deco," "Georgian," and "Abstract." Some portfolios have hundreds of images, while others could be limited to under ten. The images come in several resolutions from screen size to high resolutions suitable for projection. Multiple resolutions serve different educational purposes. Screen and high resolutions can be viewed against a background of white, grey or black.

The Libraries have licensed the Archivision image sets for scholarly study and research. They are mounted on our campus-wide network for use by the Rensselaer community.

Community users are asked to enter their Rensselaer user name (RCSID) and password to view images.

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