Who was using Archnet at 3:15 pm EST on February 16?

Analytics at 3:15 pm on February 16, 2018

It’s fascinating to watch Archnet‘s real-time statistics in Google Analytics. There’s no reason why I need to monitor the statistics in real-time, but it is definitely interesting to see how many people are using the site and any specific time, where they are from, and what they are looking at.

Yesterday afternoon was interesting.  When I checked in just after 3:00 pm EST, there were 21 users on Archnet from 11 different countries, as shown in the screen capture. Our visitor numbers can vary significantly depending on the time of day, but in general it stays pretty busy from noon to about 20:00 hours GMT. In general Archnet gets the most visitors from India, the United States, and Egypt, in that order. So it follows that these would be our busiest time.  12:00 GMT is 14:00 in Cairo, 07:00 in Boston, and 17:30 in Mumbai.  Continue reading

Architectural Photography in Black and White

photos by Luis Monreal, 2005

For the last Archnet update I chose black and white photographs by Luis Monreal of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, India, and the Great Mosque in Djenné, Mali. Most of the black and white or monochrome images in Archnet are historical taken before the dawn of color photography, but these are relatively recent, taken in 2005. I chose those images in part because using monochrome photographs in the background of Archnet homepages really helps to highlight content on the tiles sliding across the screen, but also because I find them particularly appealing.

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One Reason Why I Enjoy My Job.

bannerBelow is a something that originally appeared in the MIT Libraries Libguide to Islamic Architecture that is maintained by the Aga Khan Documentation Center @ MIT.  The archive it describes is fascinating.  I’ve just replaced it with something new, but I couldn’t bear to just throw this out completely, so I’m recycling it here.  To find out what I archive I’m featuring now, you’ll just have to check out the Archnet portion of the Libguide.  It’s got a lot of interesting resources, most of it compiled by our Program Head and our Visual Resources Librarian, though I try to hold up my end. Check it out and let us know what you think. 

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Spotify Playlist: Architecture, Music, and Metaphor

timelinealmoravidTo celebrate the launch of the new Archnet, I’m presenting a Spotify playlist on the theme of architecture and the built environment. It explores various themes, ranging from an appreciation of great cities and monuments, to architecture as a spiritual metaphor.  Check it out and let me know what you think?

I’m missing are.  This is just what happened to come to mind at the moment, so I’m missing a lot, I’m sure.  What would you add?  Leave a comment and let me know.  

Damascus in the 19th Century-Images


Bayt Shama’ya Afandi, Damascus, Syria

I work on some fascinating projects at the AKDC@MIT.  One that we’ve just started on, and will be uploading in small increments over an extended period is a a new Special Collection in Archnet, the Michel Ecochard Archive.  A  collection of images of 19th-century Damascus is the first installment to be made available.  I’m so intrigued by the images, I wanted to tell you about them here, and about the larger collection you will eventually see more of.

French architect and urban planner Michel Ecochard, 1905-1985, spent much of his career working in the Muslim world, starting in Damascus following his graduation from École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1929, then Beirut from 1931 to 1944, Rabat from 1946 to 1952 and finally Paris from 1953 to 1983.  Continue reading