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Virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s David and Gladys Wright House

The David & Gladys Wright House virtual tour navigation and imageThe David and Gladys Wright House is temporarily closed for public tours, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the site through a new virtual tour.

The virtual tour of the house, originally built for FLW’s son and his wife, begins with interactive floor plans of the main house and guest house, each of which are dotted with photographs, documents, video, and 360 interactive views. Once inside the 360 views, transparent circles dot the tour, either as a way to re-orient the viewer within the space or to inform by hovering the cursor over it.

If you have Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, click here to view the house in Virtual Reality.

via Wright Society newsletter, Issue 36

Getty’s first online exhibition preserves Palmyra

Two-part panorama featuring Colonnade Street, Louis Vignes, 1864. Albumen print. 8.8 x 11.4 in. (22.5 x 29 cm), each print. The Getty Research Institute, 2015.R.15 (digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program)

The Getty Research Institute‘s inaugural digital exhibition, The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, was developed “as a tribute to Palmyra” with images by traveling artists and explorers who documented the site in former states of preservation. “Their works contribute to Palmyra’s legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.”

There are numerous additional resources to explore, including a Facebook Live behind-the-scenes perspective event with The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra co-curator Peter Louis Bonfitto and web designers Masato Nakada and Karen To Nakada as they discuss the challenges and insights that came with the creation of the GRI’s first online exhibition on Tuesday, March 14, from 9:00-9:15 am.

Nine Architectural Photography Tutorials to Help You Get the Right Shot

Illustrations from "Complete self-instructing library of practical photography," vol. III, p. 56, ed. by J. B. Schriever (American School of Art and Photography (Scranton, PA: American School of Art and Photography, 1909). Courtesy New York Public LibraryCapturing the perfect architectural photograph can be far more difficult than one might anticipate.

In light of this, ArchDaily compiled a list of nine architectural photography tutorials to help you get the right shot every time.
Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand. Image by Stephen Murphy

Interconnection: projection mapping winner of iMapp Bucharest 2016

Interconnection is the winner of both Jury’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award at iMapp 2016 – that is, the 2016 iMapp Bucharest international Video Mapping Competition, “one of the biggest 3D video-mapping shows in the world, an international competition that brings design and contemporary art directly on the facade of approximately 22,000 square meters of the [Romanian] Parliament Palace (click here to see what the Palace looks like in daylight before video mapping transformations). The project, by Limelight Projection Mapping, required the use of 104 video projectors. Make sure to view it full screen.

h/t Slate

Revelations about the scope of Angkor Wat’s communities

This fascinating article in the angkor-wat2New York Times describes how archaeologists have recently been able to shed light on the vastness and advanced level of the settlements of the Khmer empire (802 to 1431 AD).  The obstacles of the thick jungle setting has made excavation very difficult, but a new technique using “lidar” (Light Detection and Ranging) remote sensing technology has enabled the most sophisticated and detailed survey to date.

Structures of Landscape

ENSAMBLE STUDIO, Domo (detail), from "Structures of Landscape" (Image Courtesy of ENSAMBLE STUDIO)

The new Tippet Rise Art Center, on an 11,500-acre working ranch north of Yellowstone in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains in Fishtail, MT, was founded as a site for monumental and site specific installations. One of these installations, the ongoing project “Structures of Landscape” by ENSAMBLE STUDIO, currently features large-scale outdoor sculptures Beartooth Portal, Inverted Portal and Domo (shown above) that are “[e]qual parts shelter, sculpture and landscape.”

via ArchDaily, including a slide show of the installation’s images and models

The Museum of Lost Objects

The so-called Islamic State defacing the Lamassu in Nineveh in 2015 (image: BBC)In the ancient city of Nineveh, a statue of a winged bull survived undamaged for 2,700 years – until IS took a pneumatic drill to it last year (see above).

With hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of people displaced and some of the world’s most significant heritage sites destroyed, the wars in Iraq and Syria have had an enormous cost. While the historical artifacts that have been bombed, defaced and plundered can never be restored – they are very well remembered.

The Museum of Lost Objects, a 10-part story and podcast from the BBC, traces antiquities or ancient sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria through local histories, legends and personal stories and recreates these lost treasures and explores their significance across generations and cultures, from creation to destruction.

For additional information on digitally preserving sites and objects threatened by IS, see the Million Image Database Project.


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