Thursday, January 29, 2009

'Front Row' reviews Palladio exhibition



The BBC Radio 4 arts programme 'Front Row' has a glowing review of the Palladio exhibition which is currently showing at the Royal Academy in London. The exhibition celebrates the quincentenary of Palladio's birth and features large-scale models, computer animations, original drawings, books and paintings. The 'Front Row' programme was broadcast on Tuesday 27 January and can be heard via BBC iPlayer.
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Interactive Architecture dot Org



Interactive Architecture dot Org explores emerging practices within architecture that aim to merge digital technologies & virtual spaces with tangible and physical spatial experiences. Maintained by Ruairi Glynn at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the website is in the form of a blog and focuses on enabling architecture to act not just as an interface between people participating in interactions but also as an active participant in its own right. It’s all quite hard to describe, but is a lot more interesting than it sounds, and shades off into areas as diverse as textiles, interaction design, musical climbing walls and energy-generating dance floors. It includes links to downloadable resources of interest to artists and architects.
Link: http://www.interactivearchitecture.org/
Access: Free

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Legobusier



Croatian architecture student Matija Grguric has recreated Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in the form of a 'serious' architectural model made out of Lego. You can view details of the model on the web, and compare Grguric's efforts with photographs of the real building. Lucky Grguric claims to own 80,000 Lego bricks, so presumably doesn't walk around his flat in bare feet!
Link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/61160
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Exploring the Digital City



The Geddes Institute for Urban Research at the University of Dundee has a website which presents a 2006 AHRC-funded workshop series examining the impact of digital technology and media on the design and use of urban space. The workshops brought together a wide range of researchers from across the arts and social sciences with a view to seeding future collaboration. The four workshops are: New Media + New Space; Media Ecology + Freedom Of Speech; Policing + Politics; Urban Space + Infrastructure. The website records each workshop's programme together with PDF transcripts of the sessions.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/7p27fw
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ETFE: material for an architectural revolution



From time to time I’m asked for information about the newish architectural material ETFE: the transparent, teflon-like plastic which has gained recognition in projects such as the Eden Centre and the Watercube at the Beijing Olympics. Surprisingly little has been written about ETFE that is easy to digest, but I’ve come across a good basic introduction in BusinessWeek magazine which can be viewed in full on the web and which provides a link to an image gallery of projects which have used ETFE:
Link: http://tinyurl.com/5v8j3u
Access: Free

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Inside Liverpool's Cunard Building



There's a nice little three-minute movie on the BBC website which reveals the interior of the grade two-listed Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront. The building was the headquarters and terminal for the Cunard cruise line, and is currently the subject of a campaign for it to be granted the same grade one status as its neighbour, the Liver Building.
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7816440.stm
Access: Free

Monday, January 12, 2009

Casson Archive at the V&A



The Victoria & Albert Museum in London holds the archives of Sir Hugh Casson and his wife Margaret Macdonald Casson, which contain a wealth of material relating to their careers as key twentieth century architects and designers. Sir Hugh achieved popular recognition, and a knighthood, for his role as Director of Architecture for the South Bank exhibition at the 1951 Festival of Britain. The V&A's website includes a small amount of background information on the couple and their work, together with a selection of images and information on accessing the archive.
Access: Free

Friday, January 09, 2009

Le Corbusier Le Grand



I've bought many books on Le Corbusier for the library here at GSA over the years, but the latest purchase from Phaidon Press, 'Le Corbusier Le Grand', is definitely the largest - and weighing in at 20 pounds, the heaviest. In addition to providing a spectacular visual biography, it features many previously unpublished images and documents and is backed up by an introductory essay by Jean-Louis Cohen and chapter introductions by Corb scholar Tim Benton. 'Le Corbusier Le Grand' can be consulted in the Mackintosh Library between 11 and 12 each day.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/9zfk7b
Access: Free

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Zaha Hadid guest-edits 'Today' programme



Architect Zaha Hadid was a recent guest editor of BBC Radio 4's flagship 'Today' programme, extracts of which can be heard on the BBC website. During the programme, she focused on the impact of CAD on architectural design, discussed the work of the Architectural Association, and revisited the peaceful and prosperous Baghdad of her youth. There is an investigation of the spectacular architecture of the Gulf region and a profile of Hadid's Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/7hxxz6
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Library of Urban Design Online (LUDO)



Just launched in a Beta version by Architecture + Design Scotland (A+DS), LUDO is a free online library of weblinks related to a broad scope of urban design issues. In its present form, the library can be browsed by the scale of the development and then by key themes within each scale. Entries lead to websites or to the full text of documents. A+DS hope to develop the library into a more dynamic and searchable resource in the future, which will probably become necessary as its size increases.
Link: http://www.ads-ludo.org/
Access: Free

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

More online journals at GSA



GSA staff and students now have online access to back runs (pre-1996) of 27 international journals in the fields of urbanism, planning and geography. Titles include the Journal of Urban Design, Landscape Research, Scottish Geographical Journal, Regional Studies, Urban Policy and Research, and Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Access is on-campus only; go to http://www.informaworld.com/, browse for the journal title and follow the links to the full-text.
Link: www.informaworld.com
Access: Free on-campus