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