ART on FILE: Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art

Seagull Place; close overview, Asymptote Architecture. 2010, Shanghai, China

ART on FILE has contributed more than 22,000 images of contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and public art to the Artstor Digital Library. 

ART on FILE’s Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson have photographed 20th and 21st century architecture and landscape architecture projects around the world, in addition to contemporary public art, historic sculpture, urban design, and historic preservation projects.

ART on FILE was established in 1983 by Chartier and Wilkinson. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, they have broadened their educational role. As such ART on FILE has become a primary supplier of images to libraries and visual resources collections that support teaching programs in contemporary architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and public art. ART on FILE images have appeared in design magazines, text books, and newspapers worldwide.  As part of the collaboration with ART on FILE, Artstor sponsored several photographic campaigns.

ROTTERDAM
From Rotterdam, the Netherlands' architectural capital, an impressive overview of modern design is provided. Sites and locations include Arts Center Katenbrecht, Beurs World Trade Center, Cube Houses, Van Nelle Factory, Library de Boekenberg, Erasmus Medical Center, The Rotterdam Tramway Network, Rotterdam Centraal Station, Scheepvaart en Transport College, Schiecentrale/RTV Rijnmond, The New Institute (NAI), Waternet Rotterdam, Wilhelminaplein Subway Station, World Port Center, and more.

BUENOS AIRES
From Buenos Aires, Argentina, two featured highlights are the Puerto Madero Waterfront district and the Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve, a former resort area that is now home to hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. In addition to historic buildings, Puerto Madero features Santiago Calatrava's Puente de la Mujer, Philippe Starck's Faena Hotel + Universe, Rafael Viñoly's Fortabat Art Collection, and Cesar Pelli's Repsol-YPF corporate tower. ART on FILE has also documented the National Post Office, Recoleta Cemetery, University of Buenos Aires Law School, Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires, and Galerías Pacífico, as well as the neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo, Retiro, and Belgrano.

MEXICO CITY
In Mexico City the release targets the most recent developments in the architectural evolution of the capital, as well as modernist buildings, UNESCO world heritage sites, iconic murals, historic parks, monuments, and colonial edifices.

ISTANBUL
In Istanbul the campaign focuses on contemporary developments in architecture and recent works by prize-winning Turkish architects. Historic projects were also documented to capture Turkey's mix of ancient and contemporary, east and west. Notable buildings and sites include ancient city walls; Santralistanbul Contemporary Art Museum, located in the restored and converted Silahtaraga Power Plant, the Ottoman Empire's first urban power plant; the Sakirin Mosque of 2009 by Hüsrev Tayla and Zeynep Fadillioglu, which serves as an entrance to the 700 year-old Karacaahmet Cemetery; and the Istanbul Museum and Social History Center, designed by Mehmet Konuralp, situated in the former Imperial Mint.

ITALY
Chartier and Wilkinson recorded architectural highlights in Rome and Venice, along with views of Florence. Among the sites captured in Rome are the MAXXI Museum (Zaha Hadid, 2009), La chiesa di Dio Padre Misericordioso (Richard Meier, 2003), Museo dell'Ara Pacis (Richard Meier, 2006), Parco della Musica (Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2008), and the Ponte della Musica (Buro Happold and Powell/Williams Architects, 2008). Highlights in Venice include: Torre Massimiliana Cultural Centre, Sant'Erasmo Island (C+S Associatti, 2004), Sculpture Garden for the 1952 Venice Biennale (Carlo Scarpa), La Giudecca (Cino Zucchi, 2002), the Pinault Foundation, Punta della Dogana (Tadao Ando), Isola di San Michele (David Chipperfield), Ponte della Costituzione (Santiago Calatrava, 2010), Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Mario Botta, 2008), and the Sant'Erasmo Development (C+S Associati).

FRANCE
In France the photographers captured innovative sites such as Musée Branly (Jean Nouvel); Le Monde headquarters (Christian de Portzamparc); Cité de la Musique (Christian de Portzamparc); Bibliothèque nationale de France (Dominique Perrault); Palace Fouquet's Barrière (Edouard François); Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir (Feichtinger Architectes); Le Jardin Atlantique (François Brun & Michel Pena); Cité de la Mode et du Design (Jakob + MacFarlane); Institut du Monde Arabe (Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lézénès, Pierre Soria); ZAC porte d'Asinières (Lead architect: Portzamparc with Brenac & Gonzalez); Jardin Serge Gainsbourg (M. Gelin and D. Lafon); Les Jardins d'Eole Parc de la Cour du Maroc (Michel Crajoud and Claire Corajoud, Paysagistes, with ADR and Georges Descombes, architects); Grand Palais restoration (Agence Alain-Charles Perrot/Jean-Loup Roubert Architecture); and George's Restaurant, Centre Pompidou (Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, restaurant, Jakob+Macfarlane).

SHANGHAI
ART on FILE documented highlights from the city of Shanghai and the grounds of the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, including the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Grand Theater, the People's Square, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pudong Riverside Promenade, the Lujiazui Central Green Belt, the Sports Arena, the Shanghai South Railway Station, the Shanghai Qizhong Tennis Center, the Yuyuan Garden, the Development Tower, the City God Temple Old City, and the Maglev Stations. The Expo pavilions documented include China (architect He Jingtang), UK (Heatherwick Studio), Germany (KAP Forum), France (Jacques Ferrier), Spain (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT), Switzerland (Andreas Bruendler), Italy (Giampaolo Imbrighi), Finland (Teemu Kurtela), USA (Clive Grout), Singapore (Kay Ngee Tan Architects), Poland (Natalia Paszkowska, Marcin Mostafa, and Wojciech Kakowski (WWA)), Luxemburg (Francois Valentiny), Denmark (BIG, 2+2, and ARUP), Chile (Sabbagh Arquitectos), and the UAE (Foster and Partners).

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
In their campaign in the United Arab Emirates, Chartier and Wilkinson focused on the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Dubai sites include the towering Burj Khalifa (Skidmore, Owings and Merrell), the expansive Meydan Racecourse (TAK architects), the Burj Al Arab (Tom Wright of W. S. Atkins PLC), the Dubai Marina (Emaar Properties) and the Rose Tower (Khatib & Alami Group). In Abu Dhabi, Chartier and Wilkinson photographed projects such as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Yousef Abdelki, architect, Halcrow Group, engineers); The Yas Hotel (Asymptote Architects); the Capital Gate (RMJM Architects); and Ferrari World (Benoy Architects).

THE NETHERLANDS AND SCANDINAVIA
In their 2009 campaign, ART on FILE travelled to the Netherlands and Scandinavia, photographing sites in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Malmo, and documenting projects by MvRdV, Henning Larsen, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, 3XN, de Architekten Cie., Foster & Partners, Steven Holl, Wilkinson Eyre, Toyo Ito, Neutelings Riedijk, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Jorn Utzon, Rafael Vinoly, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Grimshaw Architects, Zaha Hadid, and numerous others.

SPAIN
In 2008, Chartier and Wilkinson photographed contemporary architecture in Spain, focusing on new buildings and recent expansions in Barcelona and Madrid. These included buildings designed by Jean Nouvel Architects, Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, EMBT, Herzog & de Meuron, Josep Lluis Mateo, MAP Architects, Albert Viaplana and Helio Pinon, Richard Meier, Richard Rogers Partnership, Rafael Moneo, and more.

UNITED STATES
In the United States the collection centers on the Western and Midwestern United States -- Arizona, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin, and especially the cities of Los Angeles, Portland and Chicago. Featured architects include Shigeru Ban, Santiago Calatrava, Arthur Erickson, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Herzog and de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Meier, Rafael Moneo, Morphosis, and Cesar Pelli. 

THE UK AND GERMANY
The collection also includes images of Berlin and London including works by gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Ulrich Wolff and Helge Pitz, Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Foster + Partners, Alsop Architects, Richard Rogers Partnership, and Wilkinson Eyre, among others.