Thursday, February 25, 2010

Caledonia Road Church restoration?

A bold £500,000 fundraising campaign has been launched by the Alexander Thomson Society to refurbish the architect's long-derelict Caledonia Road Church, in Glasgow's Gorbals. In addition to conserving the remains of the church, the project would provide a cafe, studio spaces and apartments. Alexander Thomson (1817-1875) is Glasgow's second most famous architect after Mackintosh, and the GSA library has an excellent collection of material relating to his work, including a good selection of student dissertations.
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Toby Paterson exhibition

A quick reminder about 'Consensus and collapse', an exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh which features the work of former GSA student Toby Paterson. Paterson has a keen interest in post-war modernist architecture, and makes paintings, reliefs and constructions exploring the relationship bwetween abstraction and reality. GSA Library has a catalogue of the exhibition, which runs until 28 March 2010.
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Clare Wright talks about the Mackintosh Building

Architect and former Glasgow School of Art student Clare Wright, of Wright & Wright, talks to 'Building Design' about how the GSA's Mackintosh Building has influenced her at various stages of her life. There are some interesting comments about how the Mackintosh Library is echoed in her designs for the Women's Library in London and the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Manchester's Beetham Tower

Manchester-based freelance journalist Ciara Leeming runs a blog, with a recent entry (11 Feb 2010) featuring the latest twist in the long-running saga of the city's Beetham Tower. The tower, by architect Ian Simpson, is 47 storeys tall and has been plagued by a persistent hum which it emits when the wind blows from a certain direction and at certain speeds.
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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Design of Early Childhood Centres

The US National Clearinghouse for Education Facilities has produced guidance for the design of what in the UK would be termed nurseries or playgroups. Although not illustrated, it offers valuable pointers regarding layouts for various activities, and may be useful to architecture students who are looking at kindergarten design. It includes a detailed bibliography.
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Monday, February 01, 2010

Sustainable Glasgow

A new report from Sustainable Glasgow, a consortium led by the University of Strathclyde, has outlined plans to transform Glasgow into one of Europe's greenest cities within a decade. It looks at projects on renewable energy, district heating, sustainable transport, smart grids, biogas, biomass and energy management and efficiency. Other initiatives would see the creation of urban woodlands on vacant city land and projects to encourage 'behavioural change' among the city's residents.
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