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Content added to Archnet in 2020

2020 has been an unusually difficult year around the world, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As universities took courses online,, a joint project of the Aga Khan Documentation Center of the MIT Libraries (AKDC@MIT) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) worked with our partners step up the pace through which we made available quality resources for studying Islamic architecture and the built environment of Muslim societies more broadly.  Approximately 3,350 new records have been published on Archnet so far this year.  In addition to making over 2,700 new images available for download, we have also published records […]

Archnet in May 2020: What’s new and how many are visiting?

362 new records were published on in May 2020, including records and images of 3 structures in the ruins of a Ghaznavid palatial complex, Lashkiri Bazar, north of Bust, Afghanistan; and photographs of an 18th c. house, Bayt Boghose Kirdikian in Aleppo, Syria. Also newly published, Volumes 30-33 of Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World; and video from interviews with prolific Iraqi architect Hisham Munir, “Conversations at the Shahi Qila,” and a flyover video of City Park and the Jamatkhana in Khorog, Tajikistan. Nearly 50,000 distinct visitors viewed 279,000 pages in the month of […]

Archnet in February 2020

261,519 Archnet pages were viewed during the month of February, with each visitor consulting an average of 3.61 pages, according to Google Analytics. While the prize booklet for the Tamayouz Excellence Award was the most downloaded publication in February, it was followed closely by the chapter on “Belapur Housing” from the collection of essays on the work of esteemed Indian architect Charles Correa. Other than the homepage, which is the default page for, Timeline proved the most popular entry page for visitors.  The image to the right shows other popular resources from last month.  You can see lists of […]

Happy New Year from ARCHNET!

Happy New Year from all of us who work on  We wish all  our users, donors and contributors a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020! 2019 was an eventful year for us. Archnet moved to a new platform and a new provider in 2020 without causing significant disruptions to our users.  In addition we made available records for over 6,500 images, 170 new sites, 90 publications, and 45 authorities. We brought you documentation of the shortlisted and recipient projects in the 14th-cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. We also launched new collections of abstracts from Cities as Built […]

Most popular resources in August 2019

August 2019. We’ve just posted lists of the most accessed Archnet resources for the month of August. As is often the case, the Archnet Timeline was the most accessed page, aside from the home page. In the run up to the August 29th announcement of the recipients of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, many people checked out the collection devoted to the 20 shortlisted projects. The most watched video last month was a selection of Andalusian music recorded in 1959 by Paul Bowles in Ouezzane, Morocco; the most downloaded publication was a survey of the work of Charles Correa; […]

Archnet marks International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9

To mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, Archnet is highlighting the architecture of indigenous people.  The background images on the site are photographs of the Amin Mosque, a Uyghur mosque built in the 18th century in northwest China; and a street in the Old Town of Ghadames, an oasis town on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Libya. Click the images and text on the homepage tiles to learn about more resources devoted to the theme. There is also an Archnet collection that gathers select resources focusing on manifestations of indigenous culture and vernacular […]

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, may be offline for up to 1 hour between 2-4 am EST (7-9 am UTC) for behind-the-scenes server maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Watch this page or subscribe to our RSS feed to follow updates.

Exhibition from the Archive of Paul Collart Includes Previously Unpublished Images of Palmyra

Archnet announces a new collection of black and white photographs taken by the Swiss archeologist Paul Collart (1902-1981) during travels in Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Turkey. The collection is curated by Lobna Montasser, Media and Documentation Officer at the office of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva. It provides a representative sampling of Collart’s photography in the region, and features previously unpublished photographs taken while Collart was leading an excavation of Baal Shamim in Palmyra. Montasser selected the images in the Archnet collection from thousands of photographs in the Paul Collart archive at the Institute of Archaeology […]

Archnet Online Office Hours: August 22, 2017

Join us on August 22, 2017 at 9:30 am EDT for the first in what we hope will be a continuing series of Archnet Online Office Hours.  This 1 hour pilot session with Archnet Co-Director Sharon C. Smith and Archnet Content Manger Michael A. Toler. The session will begin with a brief demonstration of the most recent Archnet enhancements, followed by an extended Question and Answer session. The session will be in English, and headsets are required.  Registration for this pilot session is limited to 30 the first 30 registered participants.  Registration closes on August 14th at 11:59 pm EDT. […]

New Archnet Features

This morning’s Archnet update, the first of the 2017 development cycle, includes a number of enhancements intended to improve the user experience. Users will no longer have to drag, zoom, and click the map in order to apply country filters to a search. It is now possible to find and select countries simply by opening the Geo filter, typing a country name, and hitting the return key. Also in the realm of geolocation, users will find the site maps contain considerably more detail, often including place names written in local alphabets. Frequent users of social media will be happy to […]