Monday, December 10, 2007

The Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938



Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio has just completed an AHRC-funded research project to create a permanent resource for the exploration, research and public exhibition of the Empire Exhibition of 1938 in the context of Scottish and UK social and architectural history. The main output from the project has been the production of well researched and constructed, photo-real, 3D models of the principal buildings and structures that comprised the Exhibition together with accurate 3D mapping. Additionally, video interviews present the opinions of experts in the field of architecture and architectural history as well as the recollections of members of the public who attended the Exhibition in 1938.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Search Google and Yahoo direct from the Library website

Yahoo and Google search boxes have been added to the Online Resources section of the GSA Library website, making it easier to find internet resources that complement Library collections. We have provided a simple search box, with links through the advanced search functions for those carrying out more complex research. Links have also been added to Google's Images, Directory, Blog Search, Books and Scholar to enable full advantage to be taken of Google's suite of services. The Library also has an easy-to-use Google Guide, showing how to achieve better results from Google; there is a link to this Guide next to the Google search box.
Link: www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/onlineresources/eresources_type_web.html
Access: Free

Worldwide dissertations and theses




Sourcing dissertations and theses from the UK and further afield can be problematic for researchers - and librarians. To make life a little easier, we've recently expanded and reorganised our web listings of theses catalogues and databases, and have added helpful icons of national flags to show you exactly which countries are covered by each.
Link: www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/onlineresources/eresources_type_theses.html
Access: Free

Thursday, November 29, 2007

eBooks on MyiLibrary



GSA staff, students and researchers now have access to 36 e-books via the MyiLibrary platform. Subjects covered include architecture, product design, women's studies, the media, film and television, sociology, and economics and business. Perfect if you want to access texts outside of the library, these key reference e-books are easy to access and use.
Link: www.myilibrary.com/members_access.asp
Access: Athens

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences



A couple of enhancements have been made to the IBSS social sciences database, to which GSA staff and students have access via an Athens account. The database, which is a useful source of background information on topics such as urban design and housing policy, now includes short summaries of books as well as of journal articles. The IBSS website has also been overhauled to improve navigation.
Link: http://www.ibss.ac.uk/
Access: Athens

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dudley Zoo





The contribution of London Zoo to the introduction of Modernist architecture to 1930s Britain has been well-documented, but the more complete and slightly later Tecton buildings at Dudley Zoo in the West Midlands are much less well-known. The Twentieth Century Society has drawn attention to the 'at risk' status of this comprehensive collection of structures and the dangers posed by insensitive redevelopment. The society's web pages includes images, links, and suggestions for further reading about this intriguing site.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2ulrwl
Access: Free

Monday, November 26, 2007

Carbuncle Awards 2008



Scotland's leading architecture magazine, Prospect, has just announced the winners of this year's Carbuncle awards, which are given out every other year as a result of public votes for Scotland's most dismal place, worst building, and worst planning decision. These controversial awards now have their own website with links to 'scotlandontv' which includes interviews and a chance to view the judging in action.
Link: www.thecarbuncles.co.uk
Access: Free

Cemeteries as green space



From a variety of perspectives, cemeteries have always been of interest to architects, whether for philosophical, architectural, sculptural or conservation reasons. The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have issued an interesting briefing highlighting the potential for rediscovering cemeteries’ role as public open spaces. The downloadable document considers their legal status, heritage value and contemporary benefits, and includes a useful bibliography and contact list.
Access: Free

Architects' Journal website





The Architects' Journal website has recently been overhauled and upgraded, and its address has changed (see link below). Staff and students at Glasgow School of Art continue to have remote online access to this excellent resource and its daily-updated content via an institutional subscription. If you don't already have access, or need assistance getting into the new website, please contact me at d.buri@gsa.ac.uk
Link: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/
Access: Password required

Avery Index now online at GSA



Here at Glasgow School of Art we can now offer the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals online to staff and students via their Athens account. Avery gives you access to one of the world's most comprehensive listings of journal articles on art, architecture and design, with some titles indexed as far back as the nineteenth century. Avery can also be easily cross-searched with its sister database, Design and Applied Arts Index, to provide immediate access to more than 600,000 quality references.
Link: http://www.csa1.co.uk/
Access: Athens


Friday, November 16, 2007

Glasgow Past, Present and Future




Final year students here at the Mackintosh School of Architecture have produced an intriguing exhibition showcasing their visions for the city in 2057, contrasting these with how the city looks now, and how it looked in 1907. The exhibition runs until November 18th and is at the McLellan Galleries in the city centre.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2ux96a
Access: Free

Future Glasgow





I’m not sure who is behind the ‘Future Glasgow’ website, but it provides a very useful and well-illustrated summary of the many developments either planned or underway in the city. Projects are grouped into commercial, residential, civic, transport and those which, perhaps fortunately, are likely to remain unrealised. There is also an interesting and detailed ‘news’ section and some excellent photographs which provide useful context for what is happening in Glasgow.
Link: http://www.futureglasgow.co.uk/
Access: Free

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Business @ the Mitchell


Glasgow's main public library, the Mitchell, has relaunched its business information service in a bright new location on the ground floor of the building. Many of its services are free to use, and some will be of particular interest to GSA staff and students. These include access to British Standards, information about manufacturers and their products, and even material to support job interviews and career development. The service is supported by a team of experienced and helpful staff and has Wi-Fi and fixed access to the internet.
Link: www.glasgow.gov.uk/businessinfo
Access: Free

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Northern Italian sketchbook





The Archive here at Glasgow School of Art holds an original sketchbook used by the celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh during a tour of continental Europe in 1891. Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has enabled the digitisation of this unique resource and the creation of a website which presents both the sketchbook and the results of additional research into it. The website also includes maps and photographs, and is searchable and browseable.
Link: www.gsa.ac.uk/mackintoshsketchbook
Access: Free

Sustainable Cities



The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) is leading a sustainable cities project aimed at rethinking the way cities are designed and used in the face of climate change. The project's website, which brings together businesses and eight major English cities, has just been launched and will be worth keeping an eye on. It currently includes background articles; the beginnings of a manual to help strategic decision-makers in cities use urban design and management to respond to the challenges of climate change; and links to experts in the field.
Access: Free

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Building Good Employer Guide 2007




Barely an issue of an architecture or construction magazine seems to appear these days without the inclusion of some sort of industry survey. However, Building magazine has just published something a little different: its first 'Good Employer Guide', which is also freely available online. Based on anonymous survey returns from employees in the construction sector, it rates UK companies and jobs for social responsibility, fun and enjoyment, leadership, inspiration, and ability to contribute. Something to bear in mind when job hunting?


Access: Free

The Ford Collection of British Official Parliamentary Publications




More than one million pages of text and 1400 images and maps have been available online to users in the .ac.uk web domain. Drawn from holdings at the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge, and the British Library, the Ford Collection comprises 18th century British official Parliamentary publications. It includes some architectural plans of buildings and bridges, and provides a fascinating insight into a key period of British history.
Link: http://parl18c.soton.ac.uk/
Access: Free, within the .ac.uk domain

Monday, October 29, 2007

Glasgow Factsheets 2007



Glasgow City Council has produced some very useful online background information about the city under 17 topic headings. These outline the city’s twentieth century history; provide key facts and statistics for 2007; and cover industry and business; housing; population; transport; retail; heritage and design; environment; tourism and culture; sport and leisure; social welfare; education; health; international links; development plans; and urban regeneration. There are links to further, more detailed sources of information where appropriate.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/ypywnn
Access: Free

Telford: Father of modern engineering





Edinburgh's National Portrait Gallery is currently staging an exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834). A joint project with the National Library of Scotland, the exhibition includes loans from the Institution of Civil Engineers and features paintings, drawings, photographs, manuscripts, models and scientific instruments. A major component of the exhibition is a commission by contemporary German photographer Michael Reisch, providing a creative engagement with Telford’s legacy. The exhibition runs until 25th October 2007.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2ugu9z






Thursday, October 25, 2007

Space is the Machine




Bill Hillier's classic book 'Space is the machine: a configurational theory of architecture' has been out of print and largely unavailable for the past 10 years. This foundational text of the Space Syntax approach to human spatial phenomena has now, however, been republished in electronic form by Space Syntax Limited, with support from University College London. It is available free of charge from the Space Syntax website.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/36xox8
Access: Free



It is now possible to check whether the Library stocks a particular journal directly from inside the Art Full Text database.
Art Full Text indexes about 500 international art, design and architecture journals, and can be used to search for journal articles on particular artists, designers and architects, or on particular subjects. Access to Art Full Text is via your Athens account. If you have not yet requested your account, see the sidebar of this blog for details on how to do so.
Now for the first time you can check our journal holdings direct from Art Full Text. When you find a journal article you are interested in, click on the full-text PDF link to retrieve it on screen. If the full-text option is not provided, you can click 'Check in GSA Library' to see if we stock it in print form, which you can photocopy the next time you're in the Library. Previously you had to conduct a separate search of the Library Catalogue to retrieve this information.
Link: http://hwwilsonweb.com/
Access: Athens

Scottish Parliament photo tour



The Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh now has an online 'interactive panoramic photo tour'. It features 360 degree panoramas of ten areas of the building, including the debating chamber, committee rooms, the garden lobby, and an MSP's office. There is also a link to a gallery of still images of the Parlaiment's interior and exterior.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/29gw86
Access: Free