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    Michael Toler

    Dear Colleagues,

    Below is an announcement regarding the new interface for, which will be deployed very soon. I wanted to bring it to the attention of this group because the site is intended to be a pedagogical resource on the built environment.  While our focus is on societies in which Muslims have been a significant cultural presence, our Open Access database includes many resources beyond that focus.  Moreover, the site contains a pedagogy collection with resources for teaching and learning about architecture, including presentations that can be used as they are or adapted for classroom use.  This collection is already available on Archnet 2.0 but is still under development, so I’d like to take this opportunity to invite contributions from SAH members.

    Thank you!

    Michael A. Toler, Archnet Content Manager

    Coming Soon: ARCHNET NEXT

    The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) are pleased to inform you that we are in the final stages of development for the new iteration of  ARCHNET NEXT, aka Archnet 3.0, is the first major revisioning since of the site since 2013.

    ARCHNET NEXT should be available sometime in the next 3-6 weeks.  The fundamental principle that guided this revision can be summarized in one word: accessibility.   ARCHNET NEXT will be more responsive to users in all corners of the world and on all sorts of devices. A Globally Distributed Content Delivery Network positions content on servers around the world so that it is closer to Archnet’s end users.  This expedites the delivery of material without complicated routing across networks of servers, and will improve the experience for users on slower connections such as those in more rural areas and in developing nations.

    While Archnet will continue to deliver a first-class experience to desktop users, it has been designed to work equally well on tablets and mobile phones. In addition, ARCHNET NEXT takes advantage of this availability on mobile devices by incorporating a “Near Me” feature so that mobile users can find points of interest near their current location. ARCHNET NEXT also conforms to W3C accessibility guidelines for users with disabilities.

    New browsing features will make it easier for all users to get to sites, authorities and collections directly from the home page.  Quick filters and a robust search engine allow users to find precisely what they are looking for more quickly and easily.

    ARCHNET NEXT was developed in collaboration with Performant Software Solutions LLC, based in Boston, MA and Charlottesville, VA. Specialized in Digital Humanities projects, the firm updated the back-end technologies that, greatly increasing the efficiency with which Archnet can process queries of a database that has developed since its inception to become the largest online library focused on the built environment of Muslim societies.  Archnet is a free, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues with a particular focus on societies in which Muslims are or have been a significant cultural presence.

    Our mission is to provide ready access to unique visual and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality. Archnet is an authority, a growing repository, and a tool for teaching and learning about the architecture of Muslim societies, past, and present.   The virtual library contains published records for over 8500 sites and 1100 authorities.  Users can access and download more than 9,500 publications and 125,000 images and videos.

    To be notified when ARCHNET NEXT is available, please subscribe to our mailing list. For other inquiries contact us using

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