“ArchNet is a web-based international community of scholars, students, and professionals working in architecture, planning, landscape design, and the related fields. This community shares expertise, local experience, and resources, and engages in dialogue around pertinent issues. The website itself provides access to scholarly resources and a forum for community members to interact, promoting debate and critical thinking.
Membership in the ArchNet community is free, and all personal information is kept confidential. Registering as an ArchNet member takes only a few minutes, and with membership comes the ability to contribute to ArchNet.
Members can store their own image and file collections in their Personal Workspace; they can contribute events to the Digital Calendar, post a topic or response to the Discussion Forum, create or join a Group Workspace and work on a collaborative project, and add to the Web Links directory. For more information on membership and how to contribute, please visit the Help section.
Within the Digital Library, members have full access to an extensive range of information on cities, sites, and buildings. Downloadable online resources include images, publications, and other types of media files such as CAD, video, and PowerPoint. Members can also use course syllabi and bibliographic resources; visit a calendar of conferences, exhibitions, and events; and work with others on a group project. Discussion and scholarly dialogue takes place in the Discussion Forum; group projects, as well as classes supplementing university lectures, are available in the Group Workspaces. Member files in a Personal Workspace can also be shared with the larger community, fostering interaction.
ArchNet is supported by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network and is currently based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In January 2012, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture will take over responsibility of the site, with the exception of the Digital Library, which will be curated by the MIT Libraries.