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Outside of our familiar feeds, social or otherwise, the Internet can be a daunting place. While information and interaction have never been easier, developing ways to get a handle on the quantity and pace of this crowded, if not valuable, world can often be difficult – it’s all too easy to find your digital life unintentionally isolated. In the architectural sphere, shared knowledge and a broad understanding of history and contemporary practice are all-important; discourse and conversation even more so. Are.na, a platform for collaborative and independent research, provides a new lens when surfing, capturing and contextualizing the content of the Internet. Why Are.na's Model is Useful A drawing of Grundtvig's Church outside Copenhagen, for example, can have the same significance for an architect as a story by Hans Christian Andersen – they both, in their own distinct ways, reveal important and aspects of 20th Century Danish culture and society. Anything and everything is relevant when it comes to the processes of designing and building, and the expansion of Internet access has augmented this. When practitioners or students of architecture discover a drawing, a photograph, an essay or an article, their inclination is to collect it; to save it as a project reference. “If it’s not useful right now, it probably will be soon!” – or so the mantra goes. View more View full description
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