Friday, June 29, 2007

Zaha Hadid exhibition blog









Today sees the opening of the first major UK exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s architecture and design at the Design Museum in London. To accompany the exhibition - one of the largest that the Museum has staged - a blog has been launched to provide exclusive interviews with Hadid, behind the scenes photos, expert analysis and a downloadable exhibition guide.
Link: http://zahahadidblog.com/
Access: Free

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Life and work of Sir Basil Spence





A website that will be worth keeping an eye on as it develops is that of a research project based at the University of Warwick. It will be examining the work of the architect Sir Basil Spence (1907-1976), drawing on his extensive archive of drawings, designs, office papers, press-cuttings and photographs. At this early stage of the project, the website features a fine image gallery and background information on the project, with the promise of further information to come.
Link: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/arthistory/research/basil_spence/
Access: Free

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

UME: the international architecture magazine






UME is an independent international architecture magazine published in Australia, and its 20 72-page back issues, produced twice annually, are now freely available online as full-text PDF files. Each issue has a particular emphasis on showing working drawings, and covers well- and lesser-known contemporary projects from around the world.
Access: Free

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Romanesque sculpture



A further 5000 images from the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI) are now available online via AHDS Visual Arts. This latest addition brings the total number of digital images available from the CRSBI to almost 19,000 images. The CRSBI project aims to photograph and record all surviving British and Irish Romanesque sculpture. A team of skilled and dedicated volunteer fieldworkers locates and visits sites where Romanesque sculpture survives, describing, measuring and taking photographs. This latest collection include images from the magnificent Ely Cathedral, Chester Cathdral, St Albans Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral, as well as churches and buildings throughout the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Huntington, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and Sussex.
Link: http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/CRSBI.html
Access: Free

Monday, June 25, 2007

Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation






This Foundation aims to explore the legacy of the Soviet architect and artist Iakov Chernikhov (1889-1951). Its striking website provides a biographical profile of Chernikhov and includes galleries of his architectural illustrations, typography and art, and there are details of various recent attempts to realise his visionary designs.
Link: http://www.icif.ru/Engl/index.htm
Access: Free

Friday, June 22, 2007

Cardiff University on COPAC



The catalogue of Cardiff University Library has now been added to Copac. The Cardiff catalogue gives access to details of their diverse collections including the European Documentation Centre, United Nations collection, and European Union collection.
Link: http://copac.ac.uk/
Access: Free

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Form magazine



This famous and well-established Swiss-German design magazine is now fully available online, free and without the need for registration. Follow the ‘Magazine’ and ‘form archive’ links to display a complete run of the magazine from 1957 to 2007. The archive is searchable using a simple keyword search box, and thumbnail images of the pages can be enlarged for reading on-screen or printing.
Access: Free

Living with risk


A new report from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) suggests that an over-sensitivity to risk is resulting in bland, standardised streets and public spaces. ‘Living with risk: promoting better public space design’ studied 10 English public space projects in depth to reveal the problems in getting intelligent and creative designs accepted.