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Subject: Software for architectural design

Software for architectural design

From: Karen L. Pavelka <pavelka>
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Karen Potje <kpotje [at] cca__qc__ca> writes

>At the Canadian Centre for Architecture we are beginning to consider
>a strategy for preserving electronic records in our collections.  We
>have only recently begun to receive diskettes and CDs from
>architects and designers, but we know that we will receive more and
>more electronic media in the near future.  In order to anticipate
>the kinds of electronic records we may receive, I wonder if we
>should do a survey of the architectural design software that
>architects and design firms are using now, and of how (or if)
>architects themselves organise or archive their electronic records
>so that projects can be found in the future.  Have any institutions
>with holdings of architectural material carried out this kind of
>research?  Does anyone have advice to give on this subject?

In the summer of 2000 one of my students researched how contemporary
architectural records were being produced, managed, stored and
discarded.  Her work includes a survey tool she designed and mailed
to architectural firms around the United States and a compilation of
the survey results. The paper is not published, but I can get
permission from the student to send you a copy if you like.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:1
                  Distributed: Wednesday, June 6, 2001
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Received on Tuesday, 29 May, 2001

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