Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fascism in ruins

Artist Dan Dubowitz and architect Patrick Duerden have been tracking down abandoned fascist buildings in northern Italy, and in particular fascist holiday camps along the coasts of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Their photographs are currently on show in an exhibition at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art near Kettering, and a very small selection of the images can be viewed on the gallery's website.
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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Titan, Clydebank

I spent a fascinating couple of hours this weekend visiting the Titan crane at Clydebank, a few miles west of Glasgow's centre. Built in 1907 for the John Brown's shipyard, the Titan is the world's first giant cantilever crane and is one of only 13 remaining. Following closure of the shipyards, the crane has been refurbished and re-opened as a visitor attraction, and it is now possible to walk along its top for a panoramic view of the area, and to visit the structure's wheelhouse where there are archival photographic and film displays. As well as offering glimpses into Clydebank's industrial past, the Titan provides an opportunity for aerial perspectives of the regeneration work being undertaken by the Clydebank re-built partnership.
Access: Limited opening hours; admission charge

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia images on Flickr

Glasgow School of Art's Archives and Collections has made available online 248 photographs of buildings by the Scottish architectural practice Gillespie, Kidd & Coia. The firm was known for its striking and innovative modernist designs, and the image collection covers 33 key buildings, with accompanying descriptions and a useful indication of the current condition and usage of each.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Richard Rogers v Prince Charles

If you don't normally start your day with BBC Radio 4's excellent 'Today' programme, there's an opportunity to listen again to Richard Rogers' reaction to Prince Charles' intervention in Rogers' controversial scheme to transform Chelsea Barracks in London. The scheme has been dropped following claims by the Prince that it was 'unsympathetic'. Coincidentally, it's 20 years since the publication of the Prince's book 'A vision of Britain: a personal view of architecture', which is available in the GSA Library.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Rubble Club

The Rubble Club is dedicated to remembering buildings demolished during the lifetime of their architects. It currently has a UK, if not a Scottish focus due to its connections with the Scottish architectural magazine 'Prospect'. The Club's website includes images and background information on featured buildings, and there is an opportunity for visitors to post comments.
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Monday, June 08, 2009

Improvements to TechXtra

TechXtra, the long-established free engineering and technology search service, has been further enhanced with a range of recent improvements. Full details of these can be found on the TechXtra news blog.
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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Vienna 'world's most liveable city'

The HR consultancy Mercer has recently published its 2009 Quality of Living survey, which puts Vienna at the top of its list of the world's most liveable cities for quality of life and infrastructure. Rankings of the 215 cities surveyed are based on a point-scoring index which consistently place European cities highly, and a free summary, including a breakdown by continent, is available on Mercers' website.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Transparent concrete

The ideas21 innovation site, which focuses on recent products and inventions, has a feature on ‘TranslucentConcrete’. This is a load-bearing concrete which incorporates optical fibres, rendering it slightly transparent up to an astonishing thickness of 20 metres. At present, the material is expensive to make in large quantities, so is only commercially available in the form of small cubes.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Edinburgh City Local Plan

As I'm frequently asked for information on the city plan for Glasgow, I thought it would be worth drawing attention to Edinburgh's equivalent. This is also freely available online and provides a wealth of information, statistics and maps about development in the city and proposals for specific sites. The relevant part of Edinburgh City Council's website incorporates modifications to the plan and includes other related documentation.
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Now You Can Search Our Blogs

We've just added search functionality to all our blogs, allowing our readers to search for content across our blog postings, those of our friends, our external links, and links within blog posts. You'll find the search box in the sidebar menu.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Culturepoles: city spaces, urban politics & metropolitan theory

'Culturepoles: City Spaces, Urban Politics & Metropolitan Theory' contains the full-text conference proceedings of the Canadian Association of Culture Studies Second Annual Conference (2004). Around 33 full papers are freely available online as PDFs, including 'Urban Space and the Spectacle of Progress: Kracauer, Benjamin and marginality in Weimar visual culture'; 'Queer Eye for the Urban Guy: Dominant Cinematic and Televisual Representations of Homosexuality'; 'Metropolitan Theory, City as Concept, and Issues in Latin American Cultural Studies'; and 'City Still Dreaming: Cultural Gridlock in the Post-Urban Age'.
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