As students and faculty prepare to continue their Spring semester remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction's help desk has gone virtual. We have launched an online chat feature on the LADC's website that will provide immediate access to library information and resources.
Although our physical doors will be closed, you can find a friendly LADC staff member available for questions via chat: Monday-Thursday from 8:00AM to 8:00PM, Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and Sunday from 1:00PM to 8:00PM.
Praxis: a journal of writing and building is a nonprofit journal published twice yearly by an all-volunteer staff*. Each issue contains articles relating to a common theme (i.e. a current design problem or topic). Praxis delves into its topics by addressing both theory & practice, and making connections in order to present an integrated view of architecture for academics and professionals; it attempts to "bridge the gap" between theory & practice.
*One of the editors, Benjamin Gilmartin, spoke at the APLA Fall Lecture series in August 2012.
Look up Praxis in the library catalog here: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat07161a&site=eds-live&scope=site&AN=aul.4131516
Baseline, the International TypoGraphics Magazine, was originally published in 1979 as promotional material by Letraset. It made a reputation for itself because of its inclusion of objective editorial content. The subject matter is type and typography: According to its website, the purpose of the publication is "to reflect all aspects of type, including its design, history, use, and links to the graphic, art and craft scenes."
The Journal of Green Building is an electronic resource for all those in disciplines related to the built environment (e.g. architecture, engineering, construction, construction management, building science, facilities management, landscape architecture, interior design). The journal contains both a research and an industry section, in order to publish scholarly research and practical applications together. In the research section, peer-reviewed articles present current research findings about high performance building design and construction, while the industry section covers applications, techniques, and processes, featuring case studies and articles written by practicing building professionals.
Access the Journal of Green Building via http://www.journalofgreenbuilding.com/.*
*For off-campus access, go through the link in the Catalog and use your global ID to log in.
The Journal of Planning History, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is published quarterly on behalf of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH). It was established in 2002 to succeed SACRPH's semiannual publication Planning History Studies. The journal focuses on planning history in the Americas, but encompasses transnational planning experiences. It also covers a range of topics within the field of planning history, including planning history pedagogy, planning history in planning practice, the intellectual roots of planning processes, and planning history historiography.
The Journal of Planning History is available online from February 2002-present. Look up JPH in the library Catalog here.
Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme is a magazine about contemporary architecture, urban planning, and arts published in Barcelona, Spain. It is the Journal of the Association of Architects of Catalonia. The magazine has been in publication since 1944, but has been revamped by a new editorial team since 2011.
Each new issue contains theme, case study, & reference to a past magazine issue, presented in the magazine sections of Visual Essay, the Observatory, & the Archive. As well as looking back to the magazine's past in the Archive section, each issue of Quaderns also looks to the near future with a presentation of the next issue's theme by a guest contributor.
The most recent issues of Quaderns are located on the LADC's current periodicals' shelving.
The International Construction Database (ICONDA) is the bibliographic database of the International Council for Building Research, Studies and Documentation (CIB). ICONDA specializes in the technical literature published worldwide in the fields of building construction, civil engineering, architecture, and planning.
ICONDA contains over 500,000 records of publications and adds approximately 30,000 records each year; its contents are updated monthly. Coverage goes back to the launch of the database in 1976. Referenced publications come from more than 20 different countries and include more than 400 periodicals, as well as books, research reports, conference proceedings, business reports, theses, and non-conventional or “grey” literature.
This is the default search interface:
Use the Advanced Search to search by keywords, author, title, or journal, and limit by year, full text only, language, etc.
Access: ICONDA single-user access is available for AU faculty, staff, and students (if off-campus, sign in using your AU global ID and password). Access ICONDA via http://www.lib.auburn.edu/ICONDA.
The LADC recently acquired campus-wide access to BuildingGreen Suite, an online resource for building industry professionals and students that provides information on sustainable design and construction.
This database includes GreenSpec, an online product guide with 2,200+ environmentally preferable product listings, and 360+ project case studies provided by the High Performance Buildings Database, as well as articles & videos for continued education, blogs, discussions, the e-version of Environmental Building News, and more. BuildingGreen Suite also offers the option of browsing/searching information by CSI division or LEED credit.
Access: BuildingGreen Suite, or go to our Databases by Title page and click on BuildingGreen Suite.
Auburn University Libraries recently subscribed to Material ConneXion's online Materials Database, which can be used to access information on over 6,500 materials for design, building, and manufacturing. Material ConneXion focuses on collecting the most advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials from around the world.
Materials in the database are categorized by their composition (polymer, natural, metal, glass, etc.). They can be searched by keyword, manufacturer, or country. With Advanced Search, you can narrow your search by selecting physical properties (such as translucent, flexible, or good impact resistance), usage (fire resistant, outdoor use, acoustics, etc.), sustainability (non-toxic, recycled, etc.), or processing (weldable, printable, etc.).
Here's the link: AU Libraries' portal to Material ConneXion.
You can also get into the Material ConneXion database through the LADC's home page, lib.auburn.edu/ladc. Under "Search for E-Resources," click on "databases", and you'll find the link to Material ConneXion under M.
The LADC has recently subscribed to Log, a journal of architecture and urbanism [Link to catalog record]. Log was founded in 2003 and continues to be published three times a year by Anyone Corporation for the purpose of advancing knowledge & understanding of architecture and and the contemporary city.
The current issue, number 24, is titled Architecture Criticism, and includes essays by scholars such as Jeffrey Kipnis, Anthony Vidler, Charles Jencks, and Sylvia Lavin [click on the names to view books at AU Libraries from these authors]. Articles in this issue treat topics such as Piplotti Rist's installation at the Wexner Center, Reiser + Umemoto's 0-14 tower, Colin Rowe's review of La Tourette, contextual counterpoint in recent work of Herzog & de Meuron and Edouard François, and Lacaton & Vassal's transformation of Bois-le-Pretre tower in Paris, among others.
Log is located on the current periodicals shelving at the LADC.