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Happy Birthday Michel Écochard

It he were alive today, architect and urban planner Michel Écochard would be celebrating his 114th birthday. Born March 11, 1905 in Paris, he went to work for the Colonial Antiquities Service of Syria and Lebanon almost immediately after graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts. By the time of his death on May 24, 1985 […]

Archnet sites now available on Hoverpin

AKDC is partnering with Hoverpin to make selected Archnet content available on their AI based app. Hoverpin allows users to create personalized maps based on their interests by surfacing and aggregating location-based content from a range of topics onto a single screen. Currently the Archnet layer on Hoverpin gives you a map-based view of sites from 3  […]

AKDC Collaborates on Timeline Travel Project

In fall of 2018, the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT had the opportunity to contribute to an exciting new digital humanities project titled Timeline Travel. The aim of the project is to create an alternative teaching and learning tool for architectural history that taps into the visual learning capacities of today’s students. The Timeline […]

World Interfaith Harmony Week on Archnet

Since 20 October 2010 when the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/65/5, the first week in February has been designated World Interfaith Harmony Week. The week is intended to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.  In its statement setting “Sustainable Development through Interfaith Harmony” as the 2019 theme, the UN page points out […]

Archive of John and Caroline Williams

In 2017 AKDC@MIT received over 18,000 slides taken by John A. and Caroline Williams, author of Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide. The images in the collection document sites in Egypt and across the Islamic world over multiple decades. Currently a sampling of about 700 are available online, with more are coming soon. Of […]

Throwback Thursday at AKDC

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 […]

AKDC and Project Cornelia receive grant to develop LayerCake

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT and Project Cornelia at the University of Leuven are pleased to announce that they have been rewarded a MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Fund grant for workshops in both Leuven and Cambridge to study networks of cultural influence among artists, followed by a symposium […]

AKDC accepts Tamayouz Mohamed Makiya Prize at ceremony in Amman

On December 8 at a ceremony in Amman, Jordan, Michael A, Toler, Interim Program Head and Archnet Content Manager, accepted the Mohamed Makiya Prize of the Tamayouz Excellence Awards on behalf of the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT.” Several hundred people attended the ceremony hosted by the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan (IBC Jordan) under the […]

New developer for Archnet

A new development firm has taken over responsibility for the maintenance, hosting, and future development of Archnet. The new company, Performant Software Solutions LLC is a software company based in Boston, MA and Charlottesville VA, with a specialization in Digital Humanities software projects and technology consulting. The fact that they have a passion for, and a […]

Important Notice: Archnet offline Friday morning (UPDATED)

UPDATE 9:32 am–Due to unexpected server issues Archnet remains unresponsive.  It should be available again very soon. We are working to bring you some major enhancements in Archnet speed and reliability early in the new year. In preparation for these changes, rolling out early in the new year, Archnet.org may be offline for up to […]