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Visual Resources Collection Partnership

Press Release
30 March 2016

Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection and Avery Library in Partnership with Artstor

The GSAPP Visual Resources Collection (VRC) and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library are excited to announce a collaboration with Artstor, launching a new collection of architectural images. The Avery/GSAPP Architectural Plans and Sections Collection is a two-year project that will ultimately make 20,000 images of 20th century architectural projects available. The first phase of 10,000 images is now available online in the Artstor Digital Library.

Beginning in the summer of 2014, the three VRC student curators worked with Avery staff to establish a collaborative workflow - the first project between the two groups! The impressive collection includes architectural drawings, images and photographs of primarily 20th century modernism. The curators were advised by Mary McLeod and Kenneth Frampton, both professors whose vast knowledge was invaluable in curating the projects included in the collection.

The project was made possible by a dedicated staff of over 30 GSAPP students over the course of two years, who worked tirelessly to create the digital database organizing the images and metadata for delivery to Artstor. Work continues on phase two and the complete collection is expected to be available for the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year. In the meantime, check out the first 10,000!