NYU Architecture Index

The structure for this website will be modeled in design, layout and format similar to many of the sites presented by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). For a sample website see http://www.mnhs.org/people/mngg/index.htm. In basing my digital project design off a site such as the one listed above, I will ultimately be able to create a structured way to present a specific and structured project (thesis), as well as provide an easy and accessible way to search digitalized photos, documents, and newspapers pertaining to NYU building construction in the 1960s.

Main Page

-Exhibit

- Overview of NYU architectural history in the 1960s/ Roberto as architect
- Introduction to general Washington Square campus and layout (main page will showcase an easy to read blueprint/photo of the campus which will provide individual links into the true exhibit portion of the project.

- Individual Buildings
After clicking on each building on the site map the user will be led to a timeline pertaining to the specific location. Here information will be presented with written text (by the project team) and related photographs and documents that illustrate the history of the building in the 1960s. Scanning at a high resolution will allow for users to zoom in on digitalized items to provide more than just a ‘look’ at the documents, but an actual purpose should users want to the use primary materials to support their own research. Documents that require transcription will also have links to the subsequent text.

-Search/ Browse the Collection

In addition to the structured content of the website the project team recognizes that some users may want access only to the documents for research purposes without the narrative text provided by the project manager.
-Browse
-By specific building name
-By specific building address
-By date of construction
-By document type (photographs, documents, maps, blueprints,)

-Focus on Historic Preservation/ Teacher Resources

A large part of this project is to highlight the historic preservation efforts in the area and also the issues that come with growth, urbanization and the impact on the existing built environment. While the project is not anticipating a huge interest from the education community in this subject matter, other links and/or lesson plans could be posted here to use the NYU architecture site as a way to talk about other related issues (ex. historic preservation in general which could be translated to local community history)

-Services/ Permissions

Depending on whether documents are from the Roberto Collection or from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation it will be important to the distinguish between those documents but also provide accurate information for users concerning permission to use digitized items.

-About

-How to use the site (explanation of the best way to navigate information)
-FAQ
-Contact information
-Credits

-Contribute/Share

This portion of the website is still up for debate. There are a number of controversial issues that could potentially arise from information presented about 1960’s NYU expansion as well as relevant current debates. While the goal of the site is not necessarily to flesh out this controversy, ignoring that subject matter would be irresponsible and not particularly helpful to users. In the exhibit portion of the site it is hoped that a balanced perspective will be presented through written text and accompanying documents. The contribute/ share link will serve on more of a trial and error basis. Should thoughtful and respectful dialogue be fostered through the ability of users to post their opinions, the site could potentially become a powerful and informative forum to talk about the current NYU expansion in the area. However, should the ability of users to post comments become a haven for fanatics to attack NYU or the GVSHP then it will be at the discretion of the project manager to remove this feature.

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