Monday, December 08, 2008

Treasured Places






To celebrate its centenary, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is staging the exhibition 'Treasured Places' at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. The exhibition, which is free and runs until 18 January 2009, celebrates the richness and variety of Scotland’s built heritage from prehistory to the present day as seen through the work of RCAHMS and its photographers over the last 100 years. An accompanying website gives a taster of some of the displays.

Friday, December 05, 2008

RIBA Library catalogue revamp



The indispensable RIBA Library catalogue at architecture.com is looking slightly different following a recent upgrade. It now features a basic one-line 'Google' type search facility, while the 'advanced search' option will take you to the reliable and more familiar combination of search options such as name of architect or journal title. There is also a link to the RIBApix website for image searches.
Link: http://www.architecture.com/
Access: Free

Design Commission for Wales





It's good to see that the Design Commission for Wales' website is now up and running, with downloadable publications including 16 case studies illustrating and describing completed schemes that the Commission considers to be good design exemplars.
Link: http://dcfw.org/
Access: Free

Inclusion by Design




CABE has released a new report, 'Inclusion by design: equality, diversity and the built environment'. It builds on discussions about physical access and widens them to address issues such as cultural and economic access. The report, which is freely available for download, offers everyday examples from urban living demonstrating how good design can help create places that work for everyone.
Link: http://www.cabe.org.uk/default.aspx?contentitemid=2886
Access: Free


Research on Place and Space



Bruce Janz, Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of Central Florida has put together details of print and online resources on the concept of 'place' from a wide range of disciplines ranging from philosophy and medicine to anthropology and archaeology. Although there's a dizzying amount of information, an introductory section provides advice on what to read first, and everything is logically grouped and searchable while at the same time encouraging interdisciplinary thinking.
Link: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/place/
Access: Free

The Great Forth Bridge



The National Library of Scotland has made available online nine fascinating and rare images of the Forth Bridge under construction in 1886 and 1887, taken by photographer Philip Phillips, the son of one of the engineering contractors. In addition, there are three further images from other sources including a watercolour and two illustrated journal entries.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/57v3oh
Access: Free

Centre for Alternative Technology publications



I've bought in some excellent new books published by the long-established Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in mid-Wales. The titles cover a range of topics including small scale wind and solar power, and sustainable water supply and sewerage systems. CAT's website is also worth a look, and includes freely downloadable information sheets on energy efficiency, transport, eco-building, renewable energy, low-impact living, and water and sanitation.
Link: http://www.cat.org.uk/
Access: Free

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ruavista : signs of the city





The Ruavista website explores city streets and urban life through a variety of sounds and images, including street graphics, architecture and sound files. Many of the world's great streets are featured and there are links to further resources such as books and exhibitions.
Link: http://www.ruavista.com/
Access: Free

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nanoarchitecture.net








Nanoarchitecture.net is an online resource for architects and designers which highlights the architectural implications of nanotechnology. In addition to offering links to a range of organisations and online and print resources on the subject, it features a blog which tracks the latest developments, findings and materials. More general information on nanotechnology is also provided.
Link: http://nanoarchitecture.net/
Access: Free

Gendersite



Gendersite is a database of resources on gender and the built environment, produced by the London-based Women's Design Service. The database is searchable by keyword, title or author, and produces references to journal articles, books and other publications with links to the full text where possible. The site also has a series of case studies which highlight and clarify key issues in the debate around gender and gender equality in the built environment.
Link: http://www.gendersite.org/
Access: Free

Major new purchase: Arts and Architecture magazine 1945-1954



The Library has just purchased the Taschen reprint of the entire 1945-1954 run of the magazine 'Arts and Architecture', filling a significant gap in the journals collection. This groundbreaking publication was instrumental in putting American architecture on the map and championing the Case Study House Program. It featured many of the great architects of the era, including Neutra, Schindler, Saarinen, Ellwood, Lautner, Eames and Koenig, with contributions from leading photographers and writers. Arts and Architecture can be consulted in the Mackintosh Library between 11am and 12 noon on weekdays during term-time.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Architecture's Rising Stars



BBC Radio 3 is presenting interviews with five emerging British architects, highlighting their concerns and aspirations, and their views on others who have become part of Britain's architectural establishment. The five interviewees are Alejandro Zaera Polo, Niall McLaughlin, David Adjaye, Alison Brooks and Scotland's Kathryn Findlay. The interviews are available as podcasts and require RealAudio Media software.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/architecture/risingstars.shtml
Access: Free

Designing and planning for play




CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, has produced guidance and good practice on the design of childrens' play spaces. 'Designing and planning for play' calls for an end to 'identikit' designs and offers ideas for creating spaces that allow children to use their imagination, with natural play design. The report can be downloaded as a pdf document.
Link: http://www.cabe.org.uk/AssetLibrary/12265.pdf
Access: Free

RIBA Stirling Prize 2008




Those of you who missed the awards ceremony for this year's Stirling Prize for architecture, 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. 1295 in our collection.

Friday, October 17, 2008

NewsFilm Online


The Library now has a subscription to NewsFilm Online.
NewsFilm Online offers access to over 3,000 hours of downloadable television news and cinema newsreels, selected from the huge ITN/Reuters Television archives. Delivered online in high quality format, this resource is a gateway of unmatched richness to one hundred years of news. Users can watch and download over 50,000 clips, including significant historical events such as the Crystal Palace fire, or the first interview with Nelson Mandela. In addition to the video clips, resources such as running orders and scripts, images, background on news footage, and learning and teaching tools are available.
Link: http://www.nfo.ac.uk
Access: Athens

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Periodicals Archive Online


The Library now has a subscription to Periodicals Archive Online.
This extensive resource provides full-text access to 100s of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It provides researchers with access to more than 200 years of scholarship, spread across a wide variety of subject areas.
For those journals where full-text in not available within Periodicals Archive Online, but is available within the Library's JSTOR collections, we have provided links that will take you straight to the JSTOR full-text without the need for a separate login.
Link: http://pao.chadwyck.co.uk/home.do
Access: Athens

GreenFile


The Library now has a subscription to GreenFile.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 384,000 records, as well as full text for more than 4,700 records.
Link:
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=shib
Access: Athens

Friday, October 10, 2008

3rd Year H+C Book Reviews


For 3rd Year H+C students getting to grips with their current book review project, help is at hand from the Library. All GSA students can get full-text access to the Art Book journal, which has been reviewing quality art publications since 1994. Students can access the full-text of reviews back to 1997, providing a whole host of examples of professional book reviews.
Access is direct on-campus. For off-campus access an Athens account is required.
Link: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118515273/home
Access: Free on campus ; Athens off-campus

Thursday, October 09, 2008

2008 Mackintosh School of Architecture dissertations



In addition to being available via the Glasgow School of Art Library website, details of this year's undergraduate dissertations from the Mackintosh School of Architecture can now be viewed on the Library website in the form of a list, arranged alphabetically by the author's name. Lists of dissertations from earlier years can also be viewed.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/4wstcs
Access:
Free

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Eco-towns report from CABE



A new report from CABE and Bioregional, 'What makes an eco-town?', responds to the Government's proposals for new sustainable settlements with some guiding principles. Available online, the report illustrates some of the core issues that will affect whether a proposed development is good enough to be an eco-town, and the criteria against which this can be measured. It also provides some interesting social and economic information which sets the eco-town debate in context.
Link: http://www.cabe.org.uk/AssetLibrary/12242.pdf
Access: Free

How to find out in the built environment




Roddy MacLeod, Senior Subject Librarian at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has updated his very useful guide to sources of information for the built environment. It covers a wide range of print and electronic resources, and includes advice on issues such as undertaking literature searches and citing references. Although aimed primarily at Heriot-Watt staff and students, it will be helpful to anyone seeking good-quality information on built environment topics.
Access: Free

Friday, October 03, 2008

JSTOR Ireland Now Available


The Library has just added the Ireland Collection to its JSTOR resource. JSTOR provides full-text access to journal articles from hundreds of arts, humanities and social science journals. The Library now has subscriptions to the Arts and Humanities Collection I, II and II and the Ireland Collection.
The Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary resource of materials from and about Ireland. It contains a minimum of 2,500 manuscripts, 200 monographs, and 75 ceased and currently publishing journals. Complementing JSTOR's existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.
Link: http://www.jstor.org
Access: Athens

Friday, September 19, 2008

LSE's Cities studio archive



The London School of Economics' (LSE) City Design and Social Science MSc has made the text of three of its research publications available online, each focusing on a particular aspect of urban development. The most recent publication, 'Outer City', focuses on the city fringe, and specifically the East London borough of Barking and Dagenham. 'Housing and the City' looks at the Southwark area, while 'Bankside 123' discusses the Allies and Morrison development behind the Tate Modern.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Glasgow Doors Open Days 2008



A quick reminder, particularly to students new to Glasgow, about this year's Doors Open festival on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September. It's a wonderful opportunity to see inside more than 135 of the city's buildings - for free. You can use the festival's website to plan your visits.
Access: Free


'Building Design' celebrates Scottish architecture



For the first time, the Venice Biennale has a space within its national pavilions for the celebration of Scottish architecture. To mark this, the weekly journal 'Building Design' for September 12, 2008 has a 10-page feature on the country's architecture in which leading critics and architects choose their most emblematic Scottish building, landscape or urban ensemble.
Access: Free