Thursday, June 12, 2008

Review of Journal Subscriptions


We have recently undertaken a comprehensive review of our current journal subscriptions, to ensure that our journals remain relevant and useful to the developing learning, research, teaching and leisure needs of our users.
A number of new titles have been recommended for subscription by our Subject Librarians, with some current titles recommended for discontinuation.
These recommendations are now available for consultation, and we want to hear your opinions or feedback.
Our consultation document will be available to view on the Library Website until 31 October 2008.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_journals.html

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CumInCAD Database



CumInCAD is an online cumulative index of publications about computer aided architectural design. It includes bibliographic information about over 8,700 records from journals and conferences such as ACADIA, CAADRIA, ECAADe, SiGraDi, CCAD futures, DDSS and others. What is it about the world of computer-aided design and acronyms? All papers include full abstracts, and full texts (in PDF format) of around 6000 papers are also available.
Access: Free

V&A Object Database



The Victoria & Albert Museum has created a database for the objects in its Architecture gallery, enabling them to be searched by place, date, or architect/designer. The collection spans a huge time period and features the work of more than 100 architects. Images, which include drawings and photographs, are accompanied by museum-level descriptions and a brief but informative text.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/69s9ze
Access: Free

Climate Change Festival, Birmingham




Although Birmingham's week-long Climate Change Festival has now ended, its website provides an interesting insight into one conurbation's ideas for 'reinventing the city, reinventing the way it works, changing the way we all manage our lives'. It presents suggestions for a low-carbon city, illustrates some thought-provoking exhibits, and explains how to become involved.
Link: http://climatechangefestival.org.uk/
Access: Free

Flickr Friends of the Twentieth Century Society




Intute's Arts and Humanities service has picked up on an interesting group on photo-sharing website Flickr. The 'Friends of the Twentieth Century Society' are posting some excellent images of modern-movement buildings from around Britain; currently there are more than 1100 that can be viewed. There is a lively discussion area, and a related Facebook group.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/c20society/
Access: Free

Free Saturdays at the Lighthouse


Entry to Glasgow's Lighthouse, Scotland's award-winning national architecture and design centre, is now free on Saturdays to encourage access to its exhibitions, weekend events and workshops. Saturday opening hours are 10.30am-5.00pm.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Energy Heritage


Changeworks, the Edinburgh-based environmental organisation has published 'Energy Heritage', an online downloadable guide to improving the energy efficiency of traditional and historic homes. It sets out the issues that affect energy efficiency improvements in these properties and the improvement measures that exist and are applicable, and provides a detailed case study of a project carried out in an 1820s tenement house.
Access: Free

Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Buildings



The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) have just published 'Design and detailing for toxic chemical reduction in buildings', the third in a series of online and downloadable design guides. It sets out the context and principles of designing for toxic chemical reduction, and shows five typical construction details together with alternatives which optimise the potential for each to exploit toxic chemical reduction techniques. Explanations and costs are included.
Link: http://www.seda2.org/dfcrb/index.htm
Access: Free

Branded Meeting Places





Having struggled to find information on this interesting subject for a student recently, I was delighted to see that the Intute service has picked up on an AHRC-funded 'Branded meeting places' project at the University of Edinburgh. This cross-disciplinary project is looking at newly-emerging places that have particular meanings as loci of human encounter, such coffee houses, transportation hubs, customised meeting places, and informal, locally-branded spaces. At this stage, its website has some findings arising from workshops, together with background information and contact details.
Link: http://ace.caad.ed.ac.uk/NonPlace/
Access: Free

Public Spaces Research Cluster



This AHRC-funded research cluster, based at the University of the West of England in Bristol, is exploring the potential of the creative design of outdoor public spaces in promoting healthy and inclusive environments for the next generation. Its website currently provides background information on the project, together with reports and presentations from a series of workshops examining issues such as the role of design in counteracting young people's sedentary lifestyles, and attitudes to safety in outdoor play environments.
Link: http://environment.uwe.ac.uk./publicspaces/
Access: Free

'Makeshift' fanzine



'Makeshift' bills itself as 'an experimental fanzine about architecture and its alternatives'. Established by two Masters students at the University of Sheffield, it comprises user-generated content which can be turned into a pdf to produce a paper-based fanzine. The content is a little thin at the moment, but hopefully this will change with increased awareness.
Access: Free

Field: a free journal for architecture




The University of Sheffield has published its first issue of 'Field', a free annual online journal for 'developing dialogue on critical and experimental perspectives on architecture'. The first issues comprises 11 contributions on the theme of architecture and indeterminacy, including articles on the space of subculture in Berlin and a consideration of the potential of derelict and vacant land.
Link: http://www.field-journal.org/index.php
Access: Free