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