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Archinet Archinet is the pioneer site in the UK with a newbuilding commentary page, details of competitions, features and practice profiles - effectively electronic brochures. However, it hasn't quite managed to sign up enough members to achieve the critical mass a site needs.

w w w MIT Computer Architecture Group The ARB will really hate this one it is really about computers. And it s the writing on the wall for architect registration. So is OSA Intermediary Architecture Infrastructure at w w w s/9812-IA-paper and so too Software Architecture and the Architecture Trade-off Analysis Initiative at www a.

Don t bother quite frankly . Architext One of the most comprehensive and useful architectural sites at the moment . Information is on the whole up-to-date, carefully chosen and edited, said our sister magazine, The Architectural Review , a few months ago about this Australian site based in Brisbane. And so it is.

w w Canadian Centre for Architecture Bit of a disappointment: you might have expected direct access to the catalogues of the collections but there is only a link to Research Libraries Group at w w w to access the library . The rest of the site explains it s exhibitions, public programmes, that kind of thing. Doesn't seem to be updated all that frequently . Pity, because this should be an example to us all.

w w w s Guide to Architecture A really lively site guided by American journalist Jackie Craven and there s a search engine built-in. T opics range from Ancient Architecture to W omen. Message board, chat room, shop. Current special features include Six Sexy Castles , Paul Williams, the orphan who grew up to design for the S tars , House Styles:

Greek Revival and Arrogant Architect s . But don t let these bit s of dumbing-down put you off there are some really good sections as well.

w w w s/architecture dmoz open directory project Part of a potentially enormous self-regulating republic of information mainly in the form of links so at the moment it s a little inchoate. One of those useful and virtuous self-help project s which will presumably go on for years and years. Worth returning to. s/architecture Virtual architecture library Really interesting, if promiscuous, site with port folios of designers, building pictures, sources in history , construction, project s, models, publications plus conferences and competitions and links to engineering and landscape. Essential site.

www.clr TUALLIB/arch University of Nevada library Started in 1993 (which explains why it s so extensive) this pioneering architecture library site is run by super librarian Jeanne Brown. It covers such topics as building and construction, design, housing, planning, preservation, facilities management, energy and the environment, landscape architecture and that sort of thing plus links to everywhere else. A terrific site. ADAM the Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway, geddit? This is a searchable catalogue of 2514 Internet resources (around 400 of them specifically to do with architecture) selected by academic librarians. A reasonable search engine.

w w Googie Architecture This is Chris Jepsen s collection of pictures of Googie architecture. Googie? you ask. According to Stephen Lynch, Googie is architecture for the masses the bright neon, swooping roofs and endless glass walls of diners, motels and bowling alleys. Even the name came from this roadside world: Googie s was a chain of coffee shop s in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 1950s. The style encompasses everything from oversize signs to curved, padded booths in turquoise and salmon shades. It is flagcrete and dingbats and terrazzo.

There are Turkish-style screens and woodsy Aframes. Spaceships, martini glasses and tiki torches bump elbows. About the only word that defines Googie is kookie . And the City of Anaheim is aiming to record and archive Googie and Tiki for posterity .

No, don t ask. Associated sites include Syd Nagoshi s Roadside Peek at w w;

Gaga over Googie at w w; and the Doo Wop Preservation League at w w sen/googie.htm The architecture hate p age Wonderful opportunity for slagging of f your rivals anonymously because it is currently a bit weak-kneed and ripe for a malice-driven group to target innocent s. Of course we don t approve of that.

w w w AJplus No, no. Don t cash in your subscriptions. This is not an online rival to the august organ you are currently perusing, but a complementary thing. There is updated daily news, a serious job section, a big building bank, product directory, exhibitions, construction comp any directory, BSI updates, IT kit search, and it s part of the Emap Construction Plus site. Fantastic site, but we would say that wouldn't we?

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