Information Resources, Collections and Gateways to Resources

Academic Info is an independent Internet subject directory. It is an educational gateway to online college and research level Internet resources. Even though the target audience is the college and university community, the subject guides will prove useful to high school and general users as well. (USA) Academic Info

Ask:What if? is a community for people interested in careers that have a positive impact on other people’s lives and the community they live in.
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SustainAbility. Independent think tank and strategy consultancy. Experts in corporate responsibility and sustainable development. Advisors on market risks and opportunities.


ADAM, the Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway, is a searchable catalogue of 2546 Internet resources that have been carefully selected and catalogued by professional librarians for the benefit of the UK Higher Education community. (UK) Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway

The Arts and Humanities Data Service is a national service funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee of the UK's Higher Education Funding Councils and the Arts and Humanities Research Board to collect, preserve and promote re-use of the electronic resources which result from research in the arts and humanities. It will encourage research and educational use of its collections and make information about them available through an on-line catalogue. (UK)

AHURI is dedicated to drawing together researchers, policy-makers, industry and the community in Australia in order:
- to achieve better housing market outcomes
- to achieve efficient and effective housing assistance program
- to build viable communities.

Agrigate covers agriculture, forestry, environment, food science, horticulture. ARIGATE is a subject information gateway for resources, both online and offline, identified as valuable to those participating in Agriculture Research. The purpose of Agrigate is to support identification and dissemination of high quality research materials. (AUS) ARIGATE

API - Architectural Publications Index to architectural books and periodicals held in the RIBA Library. (UK) 

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) is a new non departmental public body, established by the Scottish Executive as the national champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment. scotlogo

Architecture Week provides the facility to search for events in your area or nationally, look at summaries of previous years events, find out about employing an architect, download maps and tours and get children's activities for parents and teachers.

Architect Search is the UK's leading online resource of images and information that helps you find the right architect for your residential project. Architect Search is a service provided by Design for Homes, the UK online portal for residential design.

Architronic is a scholarly refereed journal, exploring the new ranges of architectural communication available through digital media. It is a platform for both presenting and reviewing research as a journal, and a forum for stimulating dialogue on emerging ideas.
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Art & Architecture is a practitioner led alliance promoting interaction between artists and architects. Art & Architecture encourages dialogue between architects, engineers, planners, developers and artists.
Art & Architecture is a cross discipline amenity, which advocates a better quality built environment for all. The A&A website features the unique and innovative International Practitioners' Network, putting potential commissioners in direct contact with practitioners. (UK)

A Vision of Europe Architecture and a human approach for the European city. How to develop new, acceptable models for urban living. Buildings as a part of a whole. (UK)

Best Practices. A searchable database containing proven solutions to common urban problems facing the world's cities today. Compiled by the Together Foundation and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements. (INT)

BIDs. ATCM has launched a website which tracks the progress of the 23 national pilot sites together with background information about BIDS (UK)

British BIDs is an integrated membership organisation. British BIDs provides comprehensive web-based information and services including a library of BID related documents, a matrix of BID project case studies, full listings of all developing and formal BIDs, a directory of BID suppliers, a recruitment service and BID related press coverage. British BIDs is a collaborative venture between Partnership Solutions and BURA

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Bioregional Development Group is an entrepreneurial, independent environmental organisation promoting sustainability. Interesting links to BedZED -Beddington Zero Energy Development in Sutton, London - a showcase residential development for sustainability by Bill Dunster Architects. (UK)
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Biz/ed is a unique business and economics service for students, teachers and lecturers. (UK)
bizlogo is the business and community portal for identifying, structuring, closing and supporting Brownfields and Urban Redevelopment transactions on the Internet. (USA)

Budgeting for Sustainability provides guidance and technical support on implementing sustainability in building projects. It details how key elements of sustainabilty can be accounted for when setting budgets and calculating the whole life value of projects - allowing clients to assess the social and environmental benefits of an early investment in design quality. (UK) bfs

Building for Life is committed to the quality of new housing development. It is an initiative which promotes design excellence and celebrates best practice in the house building industry.

CDU is the information service of the French Ministère de L'Équipement des Transports et du Logements, offering topical bibliographies, virtual library, glossaries, links. (FR)

Centre for Accessible Environment is the registered United Kingdom charity which is the information and training body on the accessibility of the built environment for disabled people. (UK)

Changing Places provides an excellent compilation of case studies which demonstrate the realisation of the urban renaissance programme in the UK, supplemented by international benchmark schemes. The case studies are classified by themes - urban design, sustainability, market towns, waterfronts, urban living, mixed use, town centres, governance, integrated transport, quality of life, public realm and heritage.

The Netherland Architectural Institute
Cor van Eesteren Manifestation '97 contains
full information about the Manifestation '97, about the EFL Foundation and about Cor van Eesteren. (Ned)


Countryside Character Network is an informal network, open to anyone who has an interest in Landscape Character Assessment and its applications. The website provides background information about the CCN, the CCN newsletter and workshop proceedings. There is also a discussion forum where members can discuss issues, projects and practice related to Landscape Character Assessment. ccnlogo

Creative Spaces: a toolkit for participatory urban design presents a toolkit of methods and a series of site stories from the Architecture Foundation Roadshow which toured London Boroughs in 1998 & 2000, and brought together residents with designers to think creatively about the future of local sites. (UK) 

Cyburbia (formerly PAIRC) contains some 7171 links to Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment. Cyburbia also contains information about architecture and planning related mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups, and hosts several interactive message areas. Cyburbia is sponsored by the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. (USA)

Designs and layouts is a resource directory with comprehensive coverage of all aspects of design, with topics ranging from basketball layout to urban design, design and development to cad. (USA)
Architecture, environmental design and 3D design resources webpage. Lots of links. Predominatly American. (USA)
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Design for Homes An excellent collection of contemporary housing schemes which demonstrate best practice architecture, Urban Design and energy efficiency. Similar to the CABE case study library. (UK) Design for Homes project gallery logo

The Design Guidance Research Unit is led by Professor Tony Hall. Its work centres on the study of urban form and on design control, including the development of new vehicles for design policy and the use of computer visualisation in decision-making. Its aim is not only to seek originality but also to make an impact upon planning practice. (UK)currently unavailable

Designs on Democracy is the website for the Designs on Democracy competition, an open two stage competition run by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), in association with CABE, the Design Council and the Architects' Journal. The competition forms part of a wider project exploring the role that design can play in deepening democracy and promoting citizen involvement in decision making.

Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is an international, interdisciplinary organisation founded in 1968 by design professionals, social scientists, students, educators, and facility managers.

Environments BY DESIGN is a peer reviewed, refereed research journal for all with professional concerns in the field of the built environment. It was established in 1996 by the Faculty of Design of Kingston University. eduserylogo

Eduserv Internet provides managed hosting and development services to major clients in government and national agencies. They design, create, and manage the hosting infrastructures and web applications their clients need to run their businesses. edlogo

EEVL (the Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) is a UK-based guide to engineering information on the Internet.The site features a catalogue of quality engineering resources (selected by subject consultants), targeted engineering search engines, bibliographic and events databases, including the Recent Advances in Manufacturing bibliographic database, a directory of science and technology librarians, an Engineering on the Internet bibliography, and Hot Links to useful sites. (UK) Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library

ELDIS is a Gateway to Information Sources on Development and the Environment. It offers an easy route to the latest information on development and environmental issues, providing an ever increasing number of descriptions and links to a variety of information sources, including online documents, organisation's WWW sites, databases, library catalogues, bibliographies, and email discussion lists, research project information, map and newspaper collections. (UK)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK Government's leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences. epsrc

Galinsky the website profiles exciting modern buildings and the means to explore them: photographs, descriptions and practical visitor information. Buildings can be searched for by architecture or region, and the descriptions are jargon-free and illustrated with great photographs. (US)

Gated Communities International website is an information exchange for researchers investigating the global spread of gated communities, the privatised city, private planning and micro-local government. (USA)

Green Building Press: Information and publications to help you create healthy and ecological homes and buildings. (UK) gbplogo

Green Construction is a collection of abstracts of newspaper and periodical articles relevant to green building in the UK. greenplogo

The Guardian, Society - The Big Issue: Urban Design
The on-line Guardian newspaper focuses on the issue of Urban Design, with insightful regular articles on the subject. (UK)
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Holland is a dutch website looking at how the combination of architecture and water can stimulate creative processes and new insights. hollandelogo

Iconda is a bibliograhic database produced by IRB (below) containing approximately 460,000 references to planning and building from 22 countries. References are in English. Purchase of CD ROM is required. (GER) icondalogo

IRB is the central information facility on building and planning in Germany. It gathers and procures technical, economic and planning-related information from science and practice of the special fields of structural engineering, architecture, planning, building industry, town planning and regional planning. (GER) IRB

Innovative Transportation Technologies provides information about unconventional (therefore innovative) transportation technologies.

INTBAU is a worldwide organisation dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character and the creation of better places to live. It brings together practitioners, artisans and students for the advancement of traditional building trades and crafts. They provide training for artisans and builders in order to help them to maintain and restore old buildings by traditional methods, and for architects and urban designers to help them design new structures that enhance traditional places. intabaulogo

Landscape Design Trust has developed primarily as a publishing house, using journals and books, and aims to disseminate information about landscape to the widest possible audience.

The Live Work Network is a membership organisation for everyone with an interest in providing live/work units - properties that combine workplace and home.
worklogo is a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration.
livingstreetlogo is a travel planning site organized into five channels: Business Traveler Info, Leisure Info, Around Town, City Guide and MyMapQuest. (USA) quest

Metropolis examines contemporary life through design - architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation. Subjects range from the sprawling urban environment to intimate living spaces to small objects of everyday use. In looking for why design happens in a certain way, Metropolis explores the economic, environmental, social, cultural, political, and technological context. metrologo

MULETA is a multilingual and multimedia tool on environment, town and country planning, building and architecture, funded by the EU. ( EUR) 

Multimap provides a comprehensive interactive atlas of Great Britain. Area maps can be retrieved by entering the name of a British city, town or village. Detailed street-level maps covering greater London are also available. (UK) Multimap

The Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU) is responsible for overseeing the Government's comprehensive neighbourhood renewal strategy. The NRU runs a number of the government's cross-sector regeneration programmes, including New Deal for Communities and Neighbourhood management. The website offers useful funding information and an extensive collection of factsheets. (UK) nrulogo

NetEc is an international academic effort to improve the communication of Economics via electronic media. It consists of information on printed working papers, data about electronic working papers, world wide web resources in Economics, Jokes about economists and economics. (UK) NetEc

OnSite Ireland is intended to heighten awareness of current architectural developments within Ireland. Projects, events, links, discussion groups and recent articles from the Irish Architectural journal are also included. (EIRE) archilogo

The Planning Portal offers a wide range of interactive services and guidance on the planning system for Planning Agents, Consultants and Professional Users. (UK) planning_portal_logo

PADDI: Planning Architecture Design Database Ireland. PADDI is a bibliographic database which aims to provide wide access to information on all aspects of the built environment in Ireland, north and south. Indexed material includes items published from c 1865 to the present, but the majority of items date from the mid 20th century onwards; the time period covered is 12th century to the present. paddilogo

Periferia Internet Resources for architecture and urban design in the Caribbean. This site includes details of urban design projects and links to other documents including a bibliography on new urbanism. (CAR) periferia

This site is published by the US-based Planning Commissioners' Journal. This site now includes a 'Planning Reports Center' where planning departments, agencies and non-profit organisations can post summaries of planning-related reports. (USA)

Planweb is a resource for Town Planners and the Land and Property Profession. This site includes information about GIS, planning organisations, academic planning site and public sector sites. (UK) planweb an information resource for all involved in town & country planning and the built environment in the UK. Gives access to key planning documents and runs several discussion forums. (UK) planlogo

Public Art South West manages the Public Art Online website. The site provides a useful contribution to the critical debate around public art practice, the sharing of knowledge and good practice.
partlogo is the UK Regeneration Information Portal providing a variety of useful resources, including links to inward investments sites across the country. (UK) regeneratlogo

Regional Futures is the sustainable solutions learning network. Features Britain's first regional news digest to focus on sustainable development issues. (UK)

Regional Plan Association (RPA) is an independent, not-for-profit regional planning organization that improves the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning, and advocacy. (USA)

Renewal a website dedicated to what works in neighbourhood renewal. Documents on the site include how to guides, case studies, project summaries and a useful toolkit. (UK)

The Resource Discovery Network is a free Internet service dedicated to providing effective access to high quality Internet resources for the learning, teaching and research community. The service is primarily aimed at Internet users in further and higher education. Others will also find the service to be of value for personal and professional development. The RDN provides access to a series of Internet resource catalogues containing descriptions of high quality Internet sites, selected and described by specialists from within UK academia and affiliated organisations. (UK) RDN

The River Restoration Centre is a non-profit making company promoting the restoration of rivers for conservation, recreation and amenity. The website includes information about the centre and its projects. (UK)

Sapling is about making better places: creating vibrant, vital and sustainable cities. The site has lots of urban-related links and is based around Graham Soult's PhD research at the University of Newcastle's Centre for Urban Technology. (UK) Sapling

Intute (ex Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)) is a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.


The State of the Nation's Cities gives access to a downloadable database on American cities and suburbs and brings together more than 3000 variables from a wide variety of sources, allowing easy comparability of built environment indicators . (USA) American Cities and Suburbs

SCN is for those who want to help make their communities more livable. Here a broad range of issues are addressed and resources are provided to help make this happen. This web site is being developed to increase the visibility of what has worked for other communities, and to promote a lively exchange of information to help create community sustainability in both urban and rural areas. (USA)

One Million Sustainable Homes An informative, well presented and accessible website which details the WWF's One million sustainable homes campaign. The campaign aims to tackle the harmful effect that our houses have on the environment. The goal is to provide people with the choice of living in a home that is healthier, safer and cheaper for them and the environment. (UK)

Sustainable Measures develops indicators to measure progress towards a sustainable economy, environment & society, and offers free training materials, a database of indicators, online & print rersources and answers to FAQs. (USA)

Transport Visions Network: the Young Professionals' Perspective A network developed for professionals under 35, by the Transport Research Group at Southampton University. Its aim is to address a series of transport themes and to produce a number of thematic vision documents over a period of 30 months. TVNetwork is funded by EPSRC the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and the Department for Transport. (UK)

Urbamet. Information resource on the development of town planning, housing and transport in France and abroad, created and managed by a non-profit organisation whose members include French government organisations and NGOs. Includes access to the Urbamet bibliographic database. (FR)

Urban Design: University of California, Berkeley Planning Resources on the Internet: Urban History & Design lists approximately 25 selected Internet sites with resources, text or images, for research in urban history or urban design. Compiled by Deborah Sommer, City and Regional Planning Librarian Environmental Design Library, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

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UDF is an Austrailian based organisation formed with the purpose of encouraging better design of our cities, towns and regions. 
The website is the on-line version of the UDF quarterly publication, Urban Design Forum.

Urban Ecology Australia is committed to the transformation of human settlements into EcoCities - vibrant, equitable, ecologically sustaining and economically viable communities. Incorporated in December 1991, UEA is a United Nations accredited, non-profit, educational association and Australia's only national, federal government recognised, community based, urban environmental organisation. (UK)

The Urban Regeneration Toolbox is available for purchase online. The site also has details of monthly BURA debates and an overview of what the Toolbox provides. 

Web Urban Design is a resource network of worldwide websites focusing on urban design. WUD aims to provide a direct and easy access to key websites dealing with the following aspects of urban design: Urban Form & Space Analysis, Urban Heritage Conservation, Traditional Design of Cities, Urban Design Guidelines, New Urbanism & Urban Design, Smart Urban Design, Cityscape Regeneration.