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

Monday, October 22, 2007

Improving street design




The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has published 10 useful case studies of streets around England Ireland, looking at design development and implementation to provide an insight into recent developments in street design. Each case study features scheme descriptions, explanations of the design, key ingredients of success, and extensive photographs.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/269jsy
Access: Free

Dissertations in the Library

Starting to research and prepare your 4th Year H+C Dissertation? Did you know that the Library stocks the entire runs of these extended essays back to 1986? All essays are indexed in the Library catalogue and can be consulted in the Library on a reference only basis - simply ask at the Library Service Desk. We've also recently added all last year's dissertations to stock!

Friday, October 19, 2007

People, Place and Policy Online




Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) is publishing 'People, Place and Policy Online'. This free online journal provides a forum for debate across a broad spectrum of issues relating to CRESR's expertise in urban policy, social and economic regeneration, housing and labour market analysis. Articles are presented as pdfs or html, and it is possible to receive new issue alerts by email.
Link: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/ppp-online/
Access: Free

Project for Public Spaces





Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a New York-based non-profit organisation dedicated to 'placemaking' and to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build communities. The lively PPS website covers key programme areas including squares, parks, waterfronts and transport infrastructure, and includes an image collection, case studies, a discussion forum, and newsletters and bulletins.
Link: http://www.pps.org/
Access: Free

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia: architecture 1956-1987

Here at Glasgow School of Art we're getting excited about a forthcoming book and exhibition at Glasgow's Lighthouse. 'Gillespie, Kidd & Coia: architecture 1956-1987', which opens on 3 November, is the first major retrospective of the work of one of the UK's most distinguished architecture practices. Based in Glasgow, the firm's imaginative approach to architecture resulted in a wide range of exceptional buildings throughout Scotland and England. The exhibition is part of a wider HLF-funded project, details of which will be made available on a dedicated website (see link below). To whet your appetite, here are some images taken on a recent visit to some Gillespie, Kidd and Coia ('GKC') churches in the west of Scotland. Top two photos show St Mary of the Angels, Camelon, Falkirk, built 1958-1961; bottom two show St Patrick's, Kilsyth, built 1964:





Link: http://www.gillespiekiddandcoia.com/

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New look for Go-Geo




Go-Geo, the online resource discovery tool which allows for the identification and retrieval of records describing the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geospatial data that exist within UK tertiary education and beyond has just had a makeover. Visitors to the site will find a new map-driven quick data search, new colour schemes to make navigating across the site easier, reorganised resource channels and descriptive icons serving as visual aids to quickly assess resources.
Access: Athens

Monday, October 15, 2007

Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library







Your Glasgow School of Art Athens account will now give you access to a tremendous new resource: the ICE Virtual Library, the world's largest repository of full text civil engineering papers. Spanning 1836 to 2001, the collection includes full text, photographs and drawings covering thousands of diverse buildings and projects such as Glasgow's Victorian water supply system; recent Olympic stadia around the world; and Santiago Calatrava's Alamillo Bridge in Seville.
Link: http://www.athens.ac.uk/
Access: Athens

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sir Basil Spence: celebration of a modern architect





2007 is the centenary of the birth of the architect Sir Basil Spence (1907-1976), and a new website has been launched to draw together the work of the Lottery-funded project which is making his archive more widely available. The website beautifully illustrates and describes his many and varied projects, and interestingly includes audio and video clips in which contemporary architects and designers provide their responses to his work.
Access: Free

Paved with gold




The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has published 'Paved with gold'; new and pioneering research showing how good street design contributes both economic benefits and public value. It includes case studies from 10 London high streets to demonstrate the direct link between street quality and property prices. The full report is available to download.
Link: http://www.cabe.org.uk/AssetLibrary/9868.pdf
Access: Free

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Eric de Mare: architect, photographer, writer

English Heritage (EH) has made available online photographs taken by the celebrated architectural photographer and writer Eric de Mare (1910-2002). The website offers a 'taster' of 17 black and white images of a variety of architectural subjects, and there is a link to EH's 'ViewFinder' web pages, which is a major online image resource which includes 2,800 of de Mare's photographs and reflects his interest in modern architecture.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2em2st
Access: Free

Monday, October 08, 2007

Brunel Collection

The Brunel Collection website showcases the superb archive of original source material relating to the Brunel dynasty of civil engineers and architects held at the University of Bristol. It provides detailed listings of the holdings about Isambard Kingdon Brunel, Henry Marc Brunel, and Isambard Brunel, together with a history of the collection and a Brunel chronology.
Access: Free

Dissertation Surgeries

Our Subject Librarians are now holding dissertation surgeries for 4th year students who are beginning to plan and research their H+C extended essays. They can help you source books, journal articles and images for your essay, as well as advising on how to search for information more effectively. To book a surgery appointment, simply email your Subject Librarian.