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Digital voyages

Astragal stumbled upon a team of workers combing through the archives in the basement of AJ Towers

The scurrying figures were busy gathering material for the forthcoming AJ Buildings Library, a new digital service that will provide drawings, photographs and data for thousands of important British buildings. A copy of the AJ from 20 years ago this week (AJ 18.07.90) recalls a previous era of digital innovation. ‘CAD: Every office should have one,’ states the headline on a dust-covered news report.

‘The RIBA is predicting computer-aided design will be “a major growth area” for practices,’ it continues. ‘[A RIBA report] showed an “incredible” increase in the useof CAD since the last survey in 1987: practices using 2D CAD have risen from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.’

The article concludes: It was impossible to get a view from the group that commissioned the report, the RIBA Computer Sub-Committee. It has been disbanded.’

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