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Sep 22 2014

New today, 9/22

By: Karen DeWitt

Sep 22 2014

Image Discovery Week

By: Karen DeWitt

From  September 22nd to the 26th the Design Library and the Special Collections Research Center are hosting Image Discovery Week to highlight all of the image collections available through NCSU Libraries. Follow our blog blitz each day to learn about a wide variety of image-related resources. Stop by the Design Library for bookmarks, brochures, candy…and fun with Viewmasters!

By: Karen DeWitt

For Image Discovery Week, todays featured resource is the Design Library Image Collection. It is an evolving and rapidly growing collection of images accessible through LUNA, a web-based digital library. The collection contains more than 70,000 digital images covering art, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphic design, including plans, sections, and other drawings. Records for the Design Library’s 80,000 35mm slides, can also be searched via LUNA. Library staff will digitize slides from the collection and make the images accessible through LUNA upon request. With LUNA, patrons can export high-resolution images, create media groups, and even share images and media groups using persistent URLs.

The most recent additions to the Design Library Image Collection include images, plans, sections, drawing, etc. of the following:

Portable Architecture – including Jennifer Siegal, Renzo Piano, LOT-EK, Tado Ando, Shigeru Ban, and

many others.

Contemporary Landscape Architecture – including Maya Lin, Landworks Studio, Laurie Olin, and more.

Works by Michael Van Valkenburgh, SWA Group, Turenscape, Sasaki Associates, EDAW, Shigeru Ban, and Harwell Hamilton Harris. Also, images on the topics of Post-Katrina New Orleans and Ideal Cities/Utopias.

Please remember that you must login with your Unity ID to see the high resolution images.
Check our blog each day this week to learn more about exciting and value image resources!

Sep 18 2014

New today, 9/18

By: Karen DeWitt

By: Karen DeWitt

By: Karen DeWitt

Multimedia research contest

What is it?

Students at NC State are experimenting with new and interesting methods of conducting and presenting research through visualization and digital media.  The 1st Annual Multimedia Research Contest seeks to recognize and promote this innovation by offering prizes for student projects using animations, web sites, digital maps, 3D visualizations, video games, or other creative formats.  Here’s your chance to develop your skills, and try to win some cash in the process!

Completed projects are due February 1, 2015, and should include a bibliography, 50-100 word abstract, and a 200-300 word overview of the research process.

Who is eligible?

Any NC State undergraduate or master’s student is eligible to enter. Students may enter either individually or in groups. Groups may have both undergraduates and graduates within the same group. Students from all departments in the university are encouraged to enter.

Prizes

Select projects will be publicly showcased within the NCSU Libraries.

Through a generous grant from Gale Cengage Learning, the Libraries will offer:

  • Total prizes of $1500, including a grand prize of at least $1000.
  • A catered awards reception in Spring 2015.

For more information see: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/multimediacontest

By: Karen DeWitt

Do you want to build a robot that interacts with Twitter, a banana piano, or your own wearable electronics project? Are you interested in learning about 3D Printing but aren’t sure where to start? The Libraries are offering several exciting Makerspace workshops this semester that will provide an awesome introduction to a variety of innovative technologies. All workshops are free for all NCSU students, faculty, and staff, and no prior experience is required to participate!

Articulated Hand holding an LED

Register here for workshops:
Getting Started with 3D Printing – Friday Aug. 29, 2-3:30pm, Hunt
Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey – Thursday Sept. 4, 6-7:30pm, Hill
Getting Started with 3D Design – Friday Sept. 12, 2-3:30pm, Hill
Getting Started with 3D Printing – Tuesday Sept. 30, 6-7:30pm, Hill
Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey – Friday, Oct. 3, 2-3:30pm, Hunt
Getting Started with 3D Design – Thursday Oct. 9, 6-7:30pm, Hunt
Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey – Tuesday Oct. 21, 6-7:30pm, Hunt
Spooky Sounds with Arduino – Tuesday Oct. 28, 6-7:30pm, Hill

A full calendar of workshops is also available at go.ncsu.edu/makerworkshops

By: Karen DeWitt

Post contributed by Sarah Breen, Library Associate.

Cal Poly Amphitheater Concept Sketch

Marvin J. Malecha, dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Design and professor of architecture, has contributed to the profession through wide-ranging endeavors as a practicing architect, educator, administrator, researcher, and member and leader of professional organizations. In 2011, Dean Malecha shared a sample of sketches with the public through an exhibition held by NCSU Libraries. Prior to joining the University as dean of the College of Design, Malecha was dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he was active in teaching and research.

North Carolina State University Mace

The Special Collections Research Center in NCSU Libraries holds a collection of Malecha’s papers containing drawings, concept sketches, prototypes, correspondence, speeches, articles and papers, publications, personal notes, meeting minutes and conference notes, presentation materials and photographic materials related to his work over the last five decades. Malecha has contributed more than just leadership to the university–he has also designed images for various departments, the University Mace, and has led the design effort for the Chancellor’s Residence on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.

Angels in the Architecture

To read more about the Marvin J. Malecha Papers, take a look at the guide to the collection found here.

By: Karen DeWitt

UNC-TV recently aired a brief documentary program on the Dorton Arena that includes several items from Special Collections, including an architectural model (see above image) of the Dorton Arena.

The documentary included an interview with NCSU School of Architecture’s Alumni Distinguished Professor of Architecture Dr. Wayne Place, who noted that the architects of the Dorton Arena were “pushing the envelope in ways that are almost unimaginable.” The Dorton Arena was conceived of by the Polish modernist architect Matthew Nowicki, but completed by William Henley Dietrich after Nowicki’s untimely death in a plane crash over North Africa. The documentary includes several images of Nowicki’s drawings of the Dorton Arena as he began to conceptualize the design of the building.

William Henley Deitrick’s drawings of the Dorton Arena that represent the final design can be viewed here.

For more information about the Special Collections Research Center and architectural materials, please contact us at library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu

Aug 01 2014

New today, 8/1

By: Karen DeWitt