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