The CAD Block Exchange Network—a wiki-styled resource for uploading and downloading free architectural CAD files—offers "Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century," a ZIP file containing plans, sections, and elevations of 100 structures, including work by Corbu, Wright, Aalto, Moneo, Ito, Koolhaas, Gehry, Kahn, Rietveld, Gaudi, Isozaki, Nervi, and many others. bit.ly/4ESSiG
Working from his own photographs of cityscapes, British artist Richard Galpin creates architectural abstractions by slicing and peeling away pieces of the images’ surfaces. The results? Colorful, dynamic geometric forms—further evidence that less can be more.
Ed Mazria’s Architecture 2030 and the environmentally minded Rocky Mountain Institute have teamed up to offer Green Footstep, an online tool for calculating the carbon footprint of your construction project—whether residential or commercial, new or retrofit—from predesign through occupancy.
The 1960s were a particularly fruitful decade in the greater Los Angeles area for interesting and important architecture. In 2010, the oldest of those structures turn 50, the generally accepted threshold for considering a building historic. To celebrate the decade’s design heritage and advocate for architecture at risk of being lost, the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee have launched an education and outreach program, for which this site serves as the central repository of information.
Nick Carr, a film-location scout in New York, blogs about the interesting things he sees and learns doing his job. In this entry for his occasional "New York, You’ve Changed" series—which compares, shot by shot, the New York depicted in movies with the city of today—he breaks down Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic, Taxi Driver. bit.ly/4deHzm