IPLC Launches the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive.

Screenshot from WTA Architecture + Design studio, showing an ‘Emergency Quarantine Facility,’ which is a ‘temporary structure meant to augment and increase the capacity of hospitals.’ The structures can be ‘built quickly in five days.’

Developed by Ann Whiteside and Sara Rogers (Harvard University), Patricia Guardiola (University of Pennsylvania), and Kathy Winsor Bohlman and Jessica Quagliaroli (Yale University) — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Archive documents how the architecture and design communities have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the purposes of the Archive, the design and architecture communities are defined as practitioners and organizations who play a role in shaping public space and the built environment, including: architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and artists. Materials included come from a wide variety of sites, such as national organizations, professional and personal blogs, interviews, design firms, and cultural heritage institutions.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collection Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries and beyond. Learn more about the Program and explore additional collections on the Confederation’s Archive-It page.