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Mar 09

Looking for Images? Do you need to make a presentation, or write a paper?

Did you know that you can find images in Artstor, save them in a group, export them straight to a ready-made Powerpoint, and also save citations if you need to use the image in a paper? That’s a handy dandy footnote already made for you.
Also, Artstor has great help documents and, Bonus: The University of Maryland Libraries subscribe to Artstor so you can set up an account with your umd.edu email address and have access to all these features.

Lets Get Started:
Go to Lib.umd.edu and select databases.

Library’s Databases webpage.

Type in Artstor in the search box. Click on Artstor.

You can register with your University email address and then search for images.

If you need a tutorial to help you get started contact Cindy in the VRC – cfrank@umd.edu. We can set up an appointment!

And remember that Artstor has help documents Here.

May 08
Master of Architecture student presents her thesis project.

Master of Architecture student presents her thesis project.

During the architecture program masters thesis presentations, the issue of taking up space to be more powerful came up. Truly, stretching out, putting your shoulders back and chin up, puts you in a more powerful pose, and the act of maintaining a powerful pose actually causes you to behave more powerfully.
For anyone making a major presentation – Masters Thesis, Capstone, PhD dissertation defense, course lecture, – this is useful information.
You want to be the person who is viewed as an expert on your topic. This may have personal relevance and or teaching relevance as something to share with students as they work on their presentations skills.
I am including links to a Ted Talk, Wired Magazine article, and Harvard Researcher bio so that you can continue this exploration.

Ted Talk:
http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html

Wired – Power Postures Can Make You Feel More Powerful:

Cuddy Bio:

May 01

Architecture students have to make presentations several times for each design studio course. Getting up in front of your professors, invited architects and even your peers can be stressful, raising your cortisol levels. However, social psychologist Amy Cuddy has done research that shows if a person adopts a powerful pose, even for just two minutes, cortisol levels drop, testosterone levels rise and you will actually behave more powerfully, as if you really are in control, you really are the expert on your own design.

Example of a powerful pose.

Just to start off, stand with your feet slightly apart, arms at your sides, on your hips, or even hands clasped behind your back, shoulders back, chin up.

Or raise your arms up over your head in victory. Do this for two minutes, before your presentation.

When you are in front of the jury, keep your shoulders back, look at your audience, chin up, keep your hands out of your pockets, and remember, you know your building the best.

You are going to give a great presentation.

Mar 11

Have you ever tried to edit a pdf file, been frustrated by the impossibility of that, and ended up rebuilding the document in word or Indesign? How about saving a video from your phone and then trying to share it? Zamzar, a web-based file conversion tool for converting documents, music, images, and movie files, can help you out. This multi-file type conversion tool has been around for a few years and gets favorable reviews from both Wired and Lifehacker.

 

There is a free version, a basic version for $7, or a pro account for $16.  Zamzar’s free version does limit the size of the document that you can convert to 100 MB, and you then have to click on a link to get to the converted document, but it works!

I tested it by uploading a PDF which I wanted to convert to a word document. After  a few minutes, I received an email with a link to download the converted document. Amazingly, the formatting, including colors, was all there.

PDF document that I started with.

Converted document using Zamzar – a docx. Formatting stays the same.

Terrific!

Jan 28

We like something because it makes sense. We get it.
I was just in a senior architecture studio pin-up, where the class was looking at each class member’s analytical drawings of a croissant. Each student had been asked to convey the ‘croissantness’ of a croissant; his or her choice on type of drawings, models or video. There were photographs of mixers, plans, sections, and elevations of the croissants, and sequential drawings of rolled up triangles. The student had to stand next to his or her set of drawings while the classmates interpreted the drawings. The exciting moment arrived when one person said’ “I like the drawings on the left. Why? Because they make sense.”
As designers, we like to make sense out of things, solve problems, provide solutions. I had a studio critic who explained it slightly differently – “Architects provide order out of disorder.” As architects we use graphics – our drawings and models – as the language of communication. What Makes Sense?
The VRC blog will revisit the issues of communication throughout the semester so welcome back!

In the meantime check out this website:

http://flowingdata.com/2012/04/27/data-and-visualization-blogs-worth-following/

Nov 26

So many course lectures are built in Powerpoint these days. To make your life a little easier, I am directing you to an automated image importer that import a folder of images into a Powerpoint presentation. This were shared with me by my colleague at the University of Washington, so I cannot take any credit. Check out the Simulacrum blog for access to the image importer. Click on the link within the blog to get to an older version of the image importer.  Or you can come see me, Cindy, in the VRC to pick up the image importer. Bring a flashdrive with you.

 

Oct 12

Announcement!
Our colleagues in Urban Studies and Planning are sponsoring a competition.
If you are an undergraduate student here at the University of Maryland, and you like competition, mobile apps, inventing things and helping your community, then this EVENT is for you. The Code for Community Challenge invites students to come up with an app that meets a community need. Click HERE for more information:

http://www.arch.umd.edu/planning/cfc/index.html
Alex Chen of Urban Studies and Planning can also be contacted for more information.
Sep 27

Welcome back to a new semester here at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. This semester’s focus will be images and how to find them, how to use images in presentations and papers, formatting images, how to finesse powerpoints, and prezis. We will also post beautiful pictures of architecture, public spaces, smart growth, and historic preservation, along with some not so beautiful pictures as well.

Keep in mind that here at the school, you have access to an archive of slides, many of which are already digitized, and many of which are copyright accessible. They were taken by a traveling student or faculty member and can be used by students for presentations and papers under the Fair Use portion of copyright law.

Other sources of images include the world wide web, and I will be explaining how to focus your search so you don’t end up with thousands of google images to sort through. In fact this website “How to Use Google Search More Effectively” will get you started with that. Lastly, the University has a subscription to various image databases, including Artstor, where I will be uploading archival materials from the School’s collection of architecture, planning and preservation images. Like this one, for example:

Portland Place, London

 

Or maybe you would like this one:

Burano, Italy; Pink House

 

Aug 22

Welcome to the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. You are on the Visual Resources Collection Blog – MAPPimages. Check here for information about relevant new images, training session times, who is who and what is what.

Please check out the School’s Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryland-School-of-Architecture-Planning-Preservation/200576986628466. Latest posts include pictures from the Summer Study Abroad programs to Scandinavia, and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Wednesday August 22, 2012 is the new graduate student open house, so I will be talking about the cameras, video cameras, lights, tripods, Flat panel TV’s and images that you can borrow.

Cameras that students may borrow.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Canon Video camera

Apr 05

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation grants graduate degrees in Historic Preservation, Architecture and Real Estate Development, as well as a Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. At the undergraduate level you can get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture.  But, what do you do with one of these? You could pursue the Architectural License, but you could also go into industrial design, or be an urban planner, or civil engineer.  For encouragement and consideration of the various options now open to you, please read Dr. Lee Waldreps’ brief and informative article titled, “Architecture and Beyond: Opportunities Abound”.

 

Remember, you are always learning people skills, communication and collaboration skills, and these will serve you well for any job.