Visual Resource Center
The Visual Resource Center (VRC) is a student and faculty academic support center, located in Room 305 of the ENVD building and provides access to a variety of photographic and audiovisual equipment, a portfolio photography studio room, computer scanning stations, and digital image collections. Download VRC Handout
VRC staff members are available to assist ENVD faculty members and students with images for teaching and classroom presentations, including the purchase of commercial images and videos, as well as assistance scanning images on site. Portfolio photography seminars and basic training on how to take quality digital photographs of student projects are offered by appointment. Visual Resource Center employees also provide professional input on digital imaging issues surrounding copyrights, file type choices, long-term digital file storage and can assist with questions about imaging software programs including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Staff members serve as professional photographers for the ENVD Program and take pictures of student reviews and activities, faculty research projects, graduation and other Program events, and faculty, staff and student portraits. Additionally, the VRC staff members videotape the guest lecturers for the Program's 5:47 Lecture Series. These videos can be viewed online through the ENVD Vimeo page and are also available through the VRC’s Environmental Design image collection called LUNA.
Visual Resource Center Office Hours
Fall and Spring Academic Semesters: Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Saturdays.
Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Hours (mid-May to mid-August): Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Visual Resource Contacts
VRC Assistant Director:
VRC Digital Image Databases
LUNA Digital Image Library:
The Environmental Design Collection
The ENVD program's "Environmental Design" image collection uses Luna Imaging's LUNA software and contains nearly 100,000 images of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning sites which were acquired from scans of the VRC's legacy 35mm slide collections, purchases from commercial image vendors, as well as original photography from around the world taken by students, faculty and staff members. Videos of ENVD guest speakers from the Program's Lecture Series are also available for viewing through the LUNA Digital Library. Users may download images from the LUNA collection for nonprofit use in academic research or student course papers, or in PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.
Go to the LUNA Digital Image Library to access the Environmental Design image collection. Copyrights and contractual obligations require that access to this collection be limited to current faculty, staff, and enrolled students of the University of Colorado, therefore collection users must access it from a computer located on one of the University of Colorado campuses, or must use Virtual Private Network (VPN) software for off-campus access to the collection.
If you are a current student, staff, or faculty member trying to gain access to the Digital Library from a remote location off-campus, get the free Virtual Private Network (VPN) software download from the Office of Information Technology. VPN software connects off-campus computers to campus networks and can allow off-campus access to this non-public collection.
The VRC has purchased a one year subscription for the ENVD Program and the CU Boulder campus to access a website devoted to sustainable projects and products. BuildingGreen.com purports to be one of the leading information sources for what really matters in contemporary sustainable design and construction. The site includes integrated databases of authoritative information on sustainable building, including:
- All content from Environmental Building News, the premier journal on sustainable building practices and products, published since 1992.
- The complete directory of green building products listed in GreenSpec(r); the "Consumer Reports" of environmentally preferable products.
- More than 200 case studies of high performance buildings which offer insights into materials used, energy data, ratings and awards, indoor environment, site and water issues, etc.
Product listings are updated daily, and articles and case studies are added monthly. Faculty and students at more than 100 colleges and universities use the BuildingGreen Suite as a curriculum resource, primary text or as a reference resource. In addition, university facility managers engaged in renovation and new building projects are among the tens of thousands of building professionals accessing well-researched, clearly written information through the BuildingGreen Suite. Unlike general searches for similar information on the worldwide web, students can rely on the validity of BuildingGreen's content which has already been vetted by a reputable editorial team.
Faculty and students accessing the BuildingGreen website while on the CU Boulder campus may simply access the site with no passwords needed. The text in the upper right hand corner of the full subscription website should say: "Site access provided by CU Boulder, Program in Environmental Design".
If students, staff or faculty want to access the website while off-campus, they must enter the site through CU's VPN software, download from the Office of Information Technology, with their CU identikey username and password. VPN software connects off-campus computers to campus networks and can allow off-campus access to this non-public collection.
Electronic Library of Colorado Architecture, Landscape and Planning
Additionally, the Electronic Library of Colorado Architecture, Landscape and Planning, a public website featuring photographs taken by the VRC staff, donors and ENVD students of Colorado architecture and natural and urban landscapes can be accessed at http://vrc.colorado.edu/
ARTstor.org is an image database that the University of Colorado campus libraries subscribe to on an annual basis and contains over one million images of art, architecture, and related material of interest to a wide range of disciplines.
To activate an ARTstor account for the first time, users must be on a CU campus so that ARTstor recognizes that you are a member of one of the ARTstor participating institutions. After accessing the ARTstor website's home page:
- Click on the "Enter Here" button in the upper right corner of the screen
- At the second screen, go to the "Log in or Register" portion in the upper right hand corner of the screen and click on the "Register" button. It will ask for an e-mail address and a password that is created by the user.
Once registered, users may access ARTstor from any computer, on or off campus, for the next 120 days. Every time a user logs on to ARTstor, it updates their account for an additional 120 days.
Please note: due to copyright concerns of the image owners, ARTstor's "Offline Presentation Tool" (or OIV) must be downloaded to the end-user's computer's hard drive (from the ARTstor Tools menu) in order to be able to display ARTstor's highest resolution images in presentations.