Architecture and the Built Environment

This page highlights Artstor content related to architecture and man-made habitats and infrastructures, including monuments, buildings and their interiors, land and cityscapes, as well as our corresponding incursions on the natural environment. Designs are presented in plans, drawings and models, and structures are recorded in archival and contemporary photographs, and Quick Time Virtual Reality (QTVR) Panoramas.

We’ve launched several Architecture and Design image groups conceived as introductory surveys: “Architecture, Plans and Models,” “Cities and Urban Planning,” “Design and Decorative Arts,” “Environmental Studies,” and “Gardens and Landscape Architecture.”

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Browse by Classification for Architecture and City Planning, and refine your results by choosing a country name and/or a date range

Browse The Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Design collection then browse the categories Architectural Drawings or Architectural Models

Add ground plan, section, or elevation when keyword searching for specific sites or buildings

Keyword search for qtvr to locate QuickTime Virtual Reality panoramas of architectural sites and monuments

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Artstor collaborates with architectural photographers with a global reach. James Conlon focused on the earthen architecture of Mali and Yemen. Susan Silberberg-Peirce of Canyonlights World Art Image Bank has photographed Prehistoric and Native American sites in the Southwestern United States, as well as Spanish Colonial missions in California. Art historian Ralph Lieberman has produced images of contemporary museum architecture throughout North America, in addition to his photographs of European monuments.

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