Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mackintosh Library Closure

The Mackintosh Library will close on Thursday 31 January 2008 for essential conservation and repair works to its fabric as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project.
The Mackintosh Library will remain closed for the duration of these works, with work scheduled to finish on 3 March 2008. Details of the reopening of the Mackintosh Library will be confirmed at a later date.
The Library apologises for the inconvenience this closure may cause. Readers are reminded that the Main Library, which houses that majority of our collections, will remain open for the duration of the Mackintosh Library closure.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Australian architecture and design journals online





A family of six well-established architectural and interior design publications from Australia are now largely freely available online, including 'Architecture Australia', the country's premier architectural magazine which is published every two months. Much of the past ten years' worth of this title can be viewed and downloaded; if you're searching for articles within this journal, remember that you can quickly identify references through either architecture.com or the Avery Index.
Link: http://www.archmedia.com.au/
Access: Free




Thursday, January 24, 2008

Europan 9 winners announced



The winners of Europan 9, the world’s largest housing and urban design competition for young architects, have been announced. Details, including images and descriptions, have been posted on CABE's website. For those interested, GSA library holds copies of previous Europan competitions.
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wren and Inigo Jones podcasts




The Royal Academy of Arts has made available two podcasts on Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, in which the architect and broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson discusses with RIBA drawings collection curator Charles Hind and the biographer Adrian Tinniswood, the influences and inspirations which created the city of London. The podcasts run for 34 and 32 minutes respectively, and they can be played either directly on the website, or downloaded to play via QuickTime.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2sgcdc
Access: Free

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Collection Development Policy



Our new Collection Development Policy sets out how we aim to enhance and develop our collections for today and for the future. It details how we decide what to add to the collection, and how we aim to balance the competing needs of all our students, staff and researchers. Our new Collection Development Policy is available to view on the Library website.
Link: www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_index.html
Access: Free

Monday, January 21, 2008

More dissertations added to Library stock




We've recently added more than 100 dissertations to the library from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Spanning the period 1973-1981, they have a particular focus on planning and urban renewal in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, and most feature useful maps and images from the period. Details can be found on the library catalogue, and like all our dissertations, they can be used for reference.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library
Access: For reference use in GSA library

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Paul Trevor's East End of London archive



This fine online photographic archive is not strictly architectural, but it will be of interest to urban designers, and here at Glasgow School of Art, to those architecture students working on their Stage 2 and Stage 3 Built Environment essays. It presents 500 of Paul Trevor's evocative photographs of life in East London's Spitalfields from the 1970s to the 1990s, a period of rapid social and physical change. The database, which is freely available via the Visual Arts data Service (VADS) is searchable and offers high quality images.
Link: www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/EEP.html
Access: Free

19th Century Newspapers



Yet another online resource is now available through your GSA Athens account. '19th Century British Library Newspapers' gives you instant access to some two million newspaper pages from the national and regional press of the period. The database is fully searchable, and newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others, and there is even background information about individual newspapers.
Link: www.bl.uk/collections/newspapers.html
Access: Athens

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A sense of place



The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has recently published 'A sense of place', which looks at what people living in new housing developments really think of them, and considers the implications for those involved in the delivery of new homes. The report, freely available online, provides a fascinating picture of how design quality and other factors affect the experiences of residents.
Access: Free

American Landscape and Architectural Design 1850-1920



The Library of Congress has made available online a wonderful collection of 2800 digitised lantern slides representing the development of American buildings and landscapes during the period 1850-1920, partly drawn from the work of Harvard University faculty members. The collection includes views of cities, buildings, parks, estates and gardens and features photographs, maps, plans and models. It is fully searchable and high resolution images are provided.
Access: Free

Friday, January 11, 2008

AR Awards for Emerging Architecture









The AR (Architectural Review) Awards are the world’s leading and biggest for young architects, with £15,000 of prize money for built or manufactured work. The Awards have a useful website, which provides lists of entrants, and illustrations and descriptions of the winning schemes. It includes an archive dating back to the inauguration of the Awards in 1999.
Access: Free

Thursday, January 10, 2008

NEW! JSTOR Subscription


Over the last year the Library has received several requests for access to JSTOR, the scholarly archive of full-text journal articles in a variety of arts and humanities subjects. We are pleased to report that we have now subscribed to this resource, providing our students and staff with access to this invaluable resource.
JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. The Library now subscribes to Arts and Humanities Collections I, II and III. A list of titles included in these collections is available at http://www.jstor.org/about/collection.list.html
JSTOR is perfect if you want to access interdisciplinary articles online, from on-campus or from home. All you need is your Athens account, which can be requested at the Library Service Desk.
Link: http://www.jstor.org/
Access: Athens