Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art (Art on File Collection)

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

Artstor is collaborating with Art on File to share images of contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and public art in the Digital Library. In 2006, Art on File's archive, produced by photographers Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson, began to be made available through the Digital Library. Chartier and Wilkinson have photographed 20th and 21st century architecture and landscape architecture projects around the world, in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Examples of contemporary public art, historic public sculpture, urban design, and historic preservation from a wide range of sites are also included. As part of this collaboration, Artstor agreed to sponsor photographic campaigns to add new direct-digital content to both resources.


Artstor Digital Library and Art on File have released approximately 1,600 new direct-digital capture photographs of architecture, built environment projects, and landscape architecture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands' architectural capital. The second-largest city in the country, Rotterdam offers an impressive overview of modern architecture from the last 100 years. Sites and locations documented include Arts Center Katenbrecht, Beurs World Trade Center, Cube Houses, Van Nelle Factory, Library de Boekenberg, Erasmus Medical Center, The Rotterdam Tramway Network (Rotterdams Tramnet), Rotterdam Centraal Station, Scheepvaart en Transport College, Schiecentrale/RTV Rijnmond, The New Institute (NAI), Waternet Rotterdam, Wilhelminaplein Subway Station , World Port Center, and more.


Art on File has documented the contemporary and historic buildings and landscape architecture of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two areas of focus will be the Puerto Madero Waterfront district located along the Rio de la Plata 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 will also document the National Post Office, Recoleta Cemetery, University of Buenos Aires Law School, Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires, and Galerías Pacífico, as well as the city's architecturally rich neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo, Retiro, and Belgrano.


Artstor Digital Library and Art on File are now sharing more than 1,500 new direct-digital capture photographs of architecture, built environment projects, and landscape architecture in Mexico City. The focus of this release is on the most recent developments in the architectural evolution of the city, as well as modernist buildings, UNESCO world heritage sites, iconic murals, historic parks, monuments, and colonial edifices.


Art on File photographed the built environment of Istanbul, Turkey. In particular, the campaign focused on contemporary developments in architecture and recent works by prize-winning Turkish architects. Historic projects were also documented to capture Turkey's position between ancient and contemporary, east and west. Some of the notable buildings and sites documented include Istanbul's ancient city walls; Santralistanbul Contemporary Art Museum, located in the restored and converted Silahtaraga Power Plant, the Ottoman Empire's first urban power plant, originally constructed in 1911; 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, among many other structures, parks, and notable sites.


In an Artstor-sponsored campaign, Chartier and Wilkinson documented 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), 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).


In another Artstor-sponsored campaign, photographers Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson focused on architectural highlights in Paris. They photographed such significant sites as Musée de Branly (Jean Nouvel); Le Monde headquarters (Christian de Portzamparc); City de la Musique (Christian de Portzamparc); Bibliotech Nationale de France (Dominique Perrault); Palace Fouquet's Barriere (Edouard Francois); Passeralle Simon de Deauvoir (Feichtinger Architectes); Le Jardin Atlantique (Francois Brun & Michel Pena); Cite de la Mode et du Design (Jakob + MacFarlane); Institute du Monde Arabe (Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lézénès, Pierre Soria); ZAC porte d'Asinieres (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).


Art on File documented architectural highlights from the city of Shanghai and the grounds of the Expo 2010 Shanghai China. Highlights include 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 Quzhong Tennis Center, the Yuyuan Garden, the Development Tower, the City Cod 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).


In their campaign in the United Arab Emirates, Chartier and Wilkinson focused on the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Dubai is the site of many recent large-scale construction projects, including the Burj Khalifa (Skidmore, Owings and Merrell), which was completed in January 2010 and is the world's tallest building at 2,717 ft. They also photographed the Meydan Racecourse (TAK architects), the longest building in the world; the Burj Al Arab (Tom Wright of W. S. Atkins PLC), a hotel constructed on an artificial island; the Dubai Marina (Emaar Properties), a man-made marina district; and the Rose Tower (Khatib & Alami Group), the world's tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. 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).


In their 2009 campaign, Art on File travelled to the Netherlands and Scandinavia, photographing sites in a number of cities, including Amsterdam, Netherlands, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden. Chartier and Wilkinson documented projects by MvRdV, Henning Larsen, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, 3XN, de Architekten Cie., Foster & Partners, Steven Holl, Wilkinson Eyre, Toyo Ito, Neutelings Riediijk, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Jorn Utzon, Rafael Vinoly, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Grimshaw Architects, Zaha Hadid, and numerous others.


In 2008, Chartier and Wilkinson documented 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.


On a subsequent campaign, Chartier and Wilkinson continued to photograph sites in the United States, focusing on the architecture Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL. They also travelled to Berlin, Germany and London, United Kingdom, producing new photography for works by gmp 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.


For the initial 2006 campaign, Chartier and Wilkinson travelled throughout the Western and Midwestern United States, photographing sites in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. They documented works by architects such as 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. In Portland, OR, Chartier and Wilkinson photographed examples of the city's urban design and its comprehensive public transportation system, including streetcar, light rail, commuter rail, and urban tram systems.

Art on File was founded in 1983 by photographers Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chartier and Wilkinson have expanded Art on File to better serve the educational community by sharing examples of public sector design with students and faculty. In so doing, 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 newspaper journals worldwide.