i've been working in an architecture office for nine years now, usually at a computer. over that time i've amassed a large number of website bookmarks. the ones i frequent most usually find their way to my toolbar. i thought this was a standard practice but apparently i use this feature more than most people as the number of icons on the top of my browser usually draws sarcastic comments from co-workers.
listening to a recent archispeak podcast, the guys mentioned how google has replaced the office library, a spot to find reference materials, standards, details, products and other information. it occurred to me that my bookmarks toolbar had basically become my library; a digital spot i frequent everyday. curious what other architects might have in their "digital library", i thought i'd share my collection of sites.
reference material (stuff i should probably know by now, but don't)
international building code you'd think i would know most of this by heart by now. link is to the 2006 edition which our city still uses....for the next month at least.
2010 ada design standards - more information you would think i would know, but i still find myself double checking myself all the time.
ul fire resistance design wizard - a great way to find fire rated details or an assembly to use.
arcat details, info, products, drawings, overall great site.
revitcity for those few of us still getting use to revit.
profession related (information from great groups i belong to...which is nice of them)
ncarb - a site with wonderful articles related to architecture. also vastly improved from when i was an intern using it to record hours.
aia homepage - just because.
young architects forum their magazine "connection" is amazing, check it out. now.
architecture magazines (those things that sometimes still get delivered by mail)
architect magazine - the digital and better version of the magazine...in my opinion.
the architects newspaper - great articles, news, competitions and job postings.
dwell because there's just something about a "dwell" style photograph that makes me smile.
architecture sites (digital eye candy and information)
archdaily - who doesn't check out this site everyday?
a daily dose of architecture - pictures of buildings that make you go *ahhhhhhh*
life of an architect - the "fun" uncle of architecture blogging. with his insight and wit it's easy to see why this is such a popular site. he also started #architalks which i've enjoyed being a part of the last few months. *side note, i realize this entire post is similar to one bob does every year, but i thought it was varied enough and offered a different enough perspective to post...hope he thinks so too.
design related (sometimes about architecture but thankfully some other subjects too)
design taxi - graphics, art, photography....all about design and all of it is wonderful.
design boom - architecture and various other well designed products.
co. design - articles about design and technology that make you "feel" smarter after reading.
citylab - i could read every article on this site, all day, err day.
music and sound (because sometimes you're a cad monkey and you just need to zone out)
pandora - sometimes completely random music is fun, even though i think coldplay has a deal with them to play their music no matter what station you have it on. see my post about that here.
the current - the best variety of live internet music i've found on-line.
listen to a movie - just what it is, listen to just the audio of your favorite movies. if you ever find me giggling at my desk, chances are i'm listening to caddyshack.
products (because i can dream about owning fancy, well-designed objects)
swiss-miss - delightful little items, photos, quotes and products from around the internet that make you smile.
hi consumption - stuff i can't afford but love thinking about owning.
bless this stuff - more stuff i can't afford.
podcasts (it's like getting an education while you work)
achispeak - priceless insight, information and "gen x" humor about the profession. *side note, the "gen x" comment was placed there simply to see if they'd read this.
99% invisible if you care about design at all, listen to this podcast. topics i had no interest in at the beginning end up fascinating me by the end.
song exploder - it's like hearing about how a building goes together, but with great music.
there you have it, a few "books" in my online, digital library. i'd be curious to any links any other design professionals find interesting, as i'm always looking to add to my ever growing bookmarks toolbar.