This site is one of three honored for excellence and innovation in design.
Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures (DKV) recently garnered a distinguished honor: Three Web sites designed by the group were given Webby Awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Webby Awards are the leading international honor for excellence in Web design. Below are columns recognizing two of the winning sites; the columns originally appeared this winter in the University newspaper, The Record.
The Architecture and Development of New York City
Walking tours are a great way to experience New York City. But with winter around the corner, cold winds may keep you from enjoying the scenery. Columbia University DKV has a solution: They've created a virtual tour of the architectural development of the city, hosted by Andrew S. Dolkart, James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Dolkart is the author of Guide to New York City Landmarks and Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development as well as other publications based on his well-known walking tours of New York City neighborhoods. To take the tour without having to brave the cold, cozy up to your monitor and check out the site.
China and Europe: 1500-2000 and Beyond
Conventional historical timelines teach that the modernization of China began in the 1800s as a reaction to modernization in the West. But recent scholarship has shown that from the 11 th through 16 th centuries, China led the world in economic development; and that by many measures, China's economy was more productive than Europe's during that period. In light of these new findings -- and new ways of interpreting information -- how do we define "modern" and when do we start counting? The Asia for Educators Program, working with Columbia Interactive and DKV, has created an exciting journey that traces the economic and ecological developments of China and Europe and compares them over the course of several centuries. Enjoy the trip by clicking here.