Do you remember the LaserDisc? This video disc could be considered Archnet 0.1, in that it was an early vehicle for dissemination of visual resources on Islamic architecture. “Images of Islamic Architecture. The Aga Khan Collection was a project of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard, released in 1985. It contained more than 30,000 images of Islamic architecture arranged by region.
Invented in 1958, the LaserDisc became available to consumers in 1978. Movies and concerts on LaserDisc were found in most record and electronic stores, but the format never really caught on, so it din’t pose much of a challenge to the dominance of video cassettes. Though LaserDisc players continued to be manufactured until 2009, DVD replaced them in the mass market long before, also ending the dominance of the VCR.