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Architecture Research @ Yale: Images, Plans, Drawings, Maps, AV


Video on Architecture & Design

Art & Architecture in Video 
Documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms and providing the context necessary for critical analysis.

An online audiovisual database featuring videos of building projects and interviews with contemporary architects.

Finding Building Plans and Images in Published Literature


Avery Index to Architectural Periodical Literature This is the premier database for locating indexed architecture articles.

  • Remember to search for variations on the building's name.  For example "Villa Stein" or "Villa Stein-de Monzie" or "Villa de Monzie" or "Villa Garches"


Books+ or Orbis

  • Books tend to have a broader scope than articles.  If you are not finding a book specifically on the building you are researching, try broadening your search.  For example: Instead of searching for books only on Villa Stein, search  Le Corbusier and Villa as keywords.  



Digital Images & Databases:

  • ARTstor : a subscription-based digital image resource with images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.
  • Building Types OnlineIncludes case studies by experts, architectural drawings, and photographs of the buildings. Browsable by building type, urban context, morphological type, context type, and author. 
  • Digital Collections:  digitized material from Yale University Library, including images of global art and architecture from the Visual Resources Collection.

Archival and Manuscript Materials:

Plans, Sections, and Elevations:

These Library of Congress Subject Headings can be helpful places to start, but are not the only way to locate plans, sections, and elevations.  *These may be included in articles but are not consistently published. 


Architecture - Image Databases