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Yale Silk Road Database


The Yale Silk Road Database hosts over 6,000 images that document major sites along the Silk Road contributed by students and faculty from 2006-2009. Taken by those working in the fields of art and archaeology, religious studies, history, East Asian languages and literatures, and Central Asian and Islamic studies, these images highlight the dynamic visual culture of the region.

UT Researchers Map Oil Spill


The oil slick as seen from space by NASA’s Terra satellite on May 24, 2010.

With descriptions of the Gulf of Mexico’s coastline that Clint Dawson, head of the Computational Hydraulics group at UT, used for hurricane simulations, a team of researchers hoped to model the spread of oil into the complex landscape of marshes and wetlands.

The team received emergency funding from the National Science Foundation and TeraGrid. Researchers used resources from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to complete the simualtion. Once the 3D model is up and running, it can help inform emergency response teams as they work to predict how potential hurricanes may draw the oil inland.

Read more about the ground-breaking research here.

Sustainable Sites Initiative


The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has recently selected 175 pilot projects to test a national rating system for sustainalbe landscape design. The Project is a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden

“The pilot projects include corporate headquarters, botanic gardens, streetscapes, federal buildings and public parks that vary in scope from several thousand dollar budgets on less than one acre to multimillion dollar efforts affecting hundreds of acres. These projects will restore habitats, rehabilitate landfills, clean and store stormwater, lower the urban heat island effect, create outdoor educational opportunities at schools and reconnect neighborhoods to parks and public transportation.”

Read more about the 175 sites selected here.

Google's New Gadget – People Hopper


Image courtesy of Google Labs

If you’re a member of Google’s Social Networking Service, Orkut, check out the latest application from Google Labs.  People Hopper creates a path of faces between yourself and a friend, using publicly available profile pictures. While finding strangers who look like you and a friend may not be a high priority, the application is one example of the potentials for image matching technology.

Clay-less and Carbon-less Brick


The winner of Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition  has been announced. American architecture professor Ginger Krieg Dosier developed  a bio-manufactured brick, which has the potential to reduce worldwide CO2 emissions by millions of tons a year. The traditional method of baking brick in kilns produces more pollution than air travel worldwide. Dosier developed bricks made from bacteria and sand. The production is simple – mixing and drying – so it can be employed cheaply all over the world.

Read more about Ginger Krieg Dosier’s innovative design here.

Polaroid Collection to be Auctioned by Sothebys, Not Without Controversy


Sotheby’s will auction over 1,000 Polaroid photographs today, including works by Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Harry Callahan, and Robert Frank.

The sale is not without controversy, however. The original collection, amassed by Polaroid founder Edwin Land, was meant to be kept intact in order to represent the breath of the medium. However, PBE Corp., formerly Polaroid Corp, has been ordered by a Minnesota bankruptcy court to auction the photographs to help pay the company’s debts after falling victim to Minnesota businessman Tom Petters’ 3.7 billion Ponzi scheme.

Read more about the legal issues here and explore information and images provided by Sotheby’s.

"The City We Imagined/ The City We Made"


The Architectural League of New York’s latest exhibition, “New New York 2001-2010: The City We Imagined/ The City We Made” tracks the design that has shaped New York in the past ten years. Archipelago, a video project by Urban Omnibus, explores a day in the life of five New York neighborhoods.

“While the image of the city –- and the perception of change — often references the urban scale of the skyline, the experience of the city emerges from daily interactions with the built environment at the scale of the neighborhood: the ways the physical city shapes how we live, work, play and move.”

Read more about the video project here.

Creativity in Digital Space – April 29,2010

visualization lap

Texas Advanced Computing Visualization Laboratory

Experience work from local artists displayed on the the world’s highest resolution tiled display wall at the The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TAC). Explore Creativity in Digital Space is an event that will present photography and video works from local artists – Lawrence McFarland (recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship), Trey Ratcliff, Robert Melton, Ricardo Meleschi and Morgan Gaither.

Thursday April 29, 2010
The University of Texas at Austin
ACE 2.404a

Sponsored by

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TAC)
UT Austin Department of Art and Art History
Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA)