Thursday, December 21, 2006

The vanishing face of the traditional English pub



As part of the UK National Archives Podcast Series, architectural historian Geoff Brandwood looks at the enormous changes undergone by the English pub during the past 40 years. He examines what remains of unaltered pubs and what this tells us about their social history.
Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/podcast/going-going.mp3?from=rss
Access: Free

METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture



The Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture journal is one of a relatively small number of refereed online journals available for this subject area. Published each June and December, it focuses on the theory of architectural design and planning, with a particular emphasis on the Turkish context. Recent back issues are also browseable on the website.
Link: http://jfa.arch.metu.edu.tr
Access: Free

Civic Trust Regeneration Unit



Amongst the latest additions to the Intute suite of web resources is the website of the Civic Trust's Regeneration Unit. The technical arm of the UK Civic Trust, the Unit provides specialist services in economic development, urban design and partnership development. The website describes and illustrates the Unit's work and a selection of the projects it has been involved with.
Link: www.civictrust.org.uk/regeneration
Access: Free

Monday, December 04, 2006

RIBApix



RIBApix is a growing database which provides unique architectural images from the RIBA Library's collections. It covers world architecture of all periods together with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts. Many of the images are also of social documentary importance. Low resolution copies of the images may be downloaded free of charge for personal use or teaching purposes.
Link: http://www.ribapix.com
Access: Free

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Women and architecture



Amongst the latest resources added to the Intute suite of web resources is the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries' selected bibliography on women and architecture. This website includes reference sources, indexes, internet sites, film and video, and books and periodical articles. There are also links to selected bibliographies on women and landscape and women and interior design.
Link: http://library.nevada.edu/arch/rsrce/resguide/archwom.html
Access: Free

19th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers



House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1800-1901 are now available online via Athens. Comprising nearly 6,000 volumes and over 4 million pages, the papers cover subjects as diverse as the abolition of the slave trade, growth of the railways, war and conquest, and industrial development. Bills, House of Commons Papers, Command Papers, treaties, census data, and committee reports are all included.
Link: http://parlipapers.chadwyck.com
Access: Athens

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Architecture Scotland website



Architecture Scotland is a new website from 'Prospect' magazine which aims to profile the best of Scottish architecture, together with general architecture news and building reviews. It includes email bulletins enabling you to keep in touch with what's happening in the industry and a diary of forthcoming events.
Link: http://www.architecturescotland.co.uk

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Streets in the sky



The Intute online service for Arts and the Humanities has a 'Limelight' feature this month on high rise architecture in Britain from the post-war modernist blocks to the latest glass shards which so many British cities are planning.
Link: http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/cgi-bin/limelight.pl?id=103

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

'Map Designers' seminar


An unusual seminar is being held in Glasgow at the Lighthouse on Friday 17 November. Organisers the British Cartographic Society are particularly keen to attract art, design and architecture students for a discussion with cartographic designers on how to make maps 'effective, exciting, irresistible and readable'. The cost of the seminar is just £15 for students.
Link: http://www.cartography.org.uk/Pages/Latest/DGEvent.html

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Self-help books



Following suggestions from Student Support, the Library has recently purchased a selection of books about coping with a range of commonly-experienced mental health issues. All the books are available for loan, and a list of what we've bought so far can be found at:
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/news/mentalhealth.html
Access: Free

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

RIBA Stirling Prize 2006



Those of you who missed the awards ceremony which was televised on Channel 4 recently might like to know the Library has a copy of the programme on DVD available for loan - it's DVD no. 422 in our collection.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Digimap: new features


The annual update to the contemporary Ordnance Survey data took place on Thursday 31 August. The update dates of the new data are within the Digimap Help pages. Note that Boundary Line data will not be updated until 2007 when the new data is supplied by Ordnance Survey.
Link: http://edina.ac.uk/digimap/
Access: Athens