Welcome to The Attic

Here you'll find odds and ends, the things we didn't want to throw out but weren't sure where to put--it would be appropriate to call this your procrastination destination. Tailored for architecture and design students, The Attic is here to provide inspiration for your latest project (or, alternatively, waste time). We have everything from weird to wonderful. Mind the dust and watch your step.

Latest Trinkets

Material District.

Materials Catalog
This source is particularly useful for interior architecture students; updated frequently with the latest material innovations, boasting a powerful in-site search engine, and packed full of interesting articles, you can spend hours on this site.

FOOTPRINT Journal

Open Access Journal
A great starting point if you are working on any architectural or urban research involving more contemporary topics. The journal is completely free to access and each edition focuses on a specific topic.

QSPACE

Queer Architecture Research Organization
"QSPACE pushes for organized action through exhibitions, publications, digital archiving, and design guidelines; QSPACE is a hub for students, professionals, and academics to connect and collaborate on LGBTQ topics in the built environment."

Bookshelf

Recommended reading! [Under construction]

Trinket Pile

All of the websites we've put in The Attic, sorted alphabetically.

ada-compliance

Essential design resource
This one isn't as fun as some of the others, but it will undoubtedly come in handy when you're agonizing over the ADA standards for that bathroom you're designing. Gone are the days of your professor redlining your hard work! (Just kidding, we all know profs enjoy writing all over our freshly plotted presentations too much for that.)

Andrewmarsh.com

Sun path analysis tool
This guy has created a bunch of different webtools to analyze sun paths (both in 2D and 3D). Great for your site analysis!

art21

Digital contemporary art gallery
"Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists."

awwwards.

The awards of design, creativity and innovation on the internet.
A collection of the internet's most beautifully designed websites. Handpicked by judges for criteria including (but not limited to) design, usability, creativity and content. Also features resources for web developers.

Blurb

Printing services
This is a great, cheap way to print a professional looking portfolio without breaking a college student's bank. The magazine option is what we recommend; you can opt for the higher-quality one without spending too much.

Cactus.is

Multi-disciplinary design firm
This firm knows that digital tech has become a part of the built environment. Beautifully designed spaces with a well-organized website.
[Be advised that their homepage has flashing animations that may be an issue for some viewers.]

Eventscape

Custom art and architectural fabrication
A company that focuses on fabricating components of custom architectural spaces across numerous markets. Their portfolio is worth taking a look at; they have a lot of unique projects!

Fantastic Offense

Online portfolio
"Fantastic Offense (FO) is a design and research practice proposing that architecture can be a proactive offense for the city. Thinking about urbanism and the role of utopia."

FOOTPRINT Journal

Open Access Journal
A great starting point if you are working on any architectural or urban research involving more contemporary topics. The journal is completely free to access and each edition focuses on a specific topic.

Google Public Data

Free information, automatically graphed
Google's public data tool automatically collects and graphs information from hundreds of open data sets across the globe.

HowLoud.com

Essential design resource
This website can give you what they call a SoundScore in order for you to measure just how loud the site you'll be working on is. It also gives you a "heatmap" of the sound levels in the area, so you can determine where you'll need to mitigate the outside noise the most.

It's Nice That

Creative inspiration database
A lovely compilation of creative projects from numerous disciplines. Covers many different media and has some thought pieces as well. You can sort by category or just browse--they have a podcast, too!

KNSTRCT

A Creative Catalog
A compilation of beautiful, high-quality projects with excellent photography. You can browse by 8 different, equally exciting categories!

Magnum Photos

Online photo gallery
The website of Magnum Photos magazine. Lovely, thought-provoking images for when you need to take a break from your work.

Material District.

Materials Catalog
This source is particularly useful for interior architecture students; updated frequently with the latest material innovations, boasting a powerful in-site search engine, and packed full of interesting articles, you can spend hours on this site.

Meteoblue Weather

Essential design resource
A comprehensive look at the weather and climate of pretty much any location. Great resource for when you're trying to find climate information for your project.

Papertile

Architectural product
Tiles made of recycled paper, and a really neat website to boot!

QSPACE

Queer Architecture Research Organization
"QSPACE pushes for organized action through exhibitions, publications, digital archiving, and design guidelines; QSPACE is a hub for students, professionals, and academics to connect and collaborate on LGBTQ topics in the built environment."

Stalled!

Inclusive design project
"Stalled! is a direct response to the moral panic triggered by court cases seeking to overturn President Obama’s Title IX protections guaranteeing trans individuals access to sex-segregated public toilets that align with their gender identity."

TypeWolf

Typeface bible
You will never need another resource for font choices. This website is AMAZING for finding good presentation typefaces, as well as pairings to make sure your work looks sleek and professional.

TravelTime

Essential design resource
Find out how long it will actually take to get from one place to another--walking, driving, or via public transportation.

Urban Observatory

Essential design resource
Data maps for major cities!

ruler, pencil, eraser

More coming soon!

There will be more fun stuff added periodically. Check back in a bit!