GSA student Alec Fraser has begun living in a home-made pod, inspired by the 1960s/1970s Urban Nomad movement and its small-scale, portable dwellings in urban locations. The pod is in Glasgow's West End, and is a replica of a 50-year old design by architect Ken Isaacs. Alec's blog provides further information about the project.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The six shortlisted designs for the V&A museum planned for Dundee's waterfront have gone on display in the library of Abertay University, and a selection of images can also be viewed online. Shortlisted firms include Steven Holl Architects, Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey, and Snohetta with Gareth Hoskins Architects. The building is due to be opened in 2014 as a centre of 21st century design.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 1:01 PM
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
CABE (The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) has recently published 'Getting the big picture right: a guide to large scale urban design'. This important guide is freely available online, and it outlines a new approach to the challenge that allows people to shape the places they live or work in, and improve their distinctiveness and quality. Usefully, it includes good examples of large scale urban design.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 1:17 PM
Thursday, September 23, 2010
555 KUBIK is a large facade projection onto the Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany. It rather defies description, so just watch:
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 11:35 AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The BBC2 series 'Climbing great buildings' in which architectural historian and novice climber Dr Jonathan Foyle scales some of Britain's most famous structures, tonight (6.30pm) visits Glasgow School of Art to explore the influences used by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create his masterwork. The series features 15 buildings, and previous episodes can be viewed using BBC iPlayer.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 9:40 AM
Labels: Architectural history
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Simon Unwin's latest book 'Twenty buildings every architect should understand' is now available in the GSA Library as an e-book. Unwin's previous titles, notably 'Analysing architecture' and 'An architecture notebook' have proved very popular. 'Twenty buildings' can be accessed online from anywhere by GSA staff and students using their 'MyGSA' account.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 8:46 AM
Monday, September 20, 2010
It's sometimes useful to step back from the cosy world of architectural books and magazines to see what others are saying about issues related to the built environment. The Guardian newspaper has been looking at how new technologies will help cities to respond to the challenges posed by population growth, and presents a series of thought-provoking articles on the theme of 'smarter cities'.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 9:36 AM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It's that time of year again, and for any new students arriving at GSA this week, an opportunity not to be missed. Over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September, more than 100 of the city's buildings, many not normally accessible to the public, will be open with free access. The Festival's website provides further information on this well-established and always throughly enjoyable event.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 1:18 PM
Labels: Architectural history
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Another e-book has been added to our collection, supplementing the hard copy versions which are always in high demand. It's the 3rd edition of Simon Unwin's 'Analysing architecture', an architectural design classic. A link to the book can be found on the GSA Library catalogue.
Access: Free, but MyGSA account required
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 9:33 AM
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
My trip to Berlin last month included a visit to the Chapel of Reconciliation, built by architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, and straddling the former 'no man's land' of the Berlin Wall. The chapel is a refreshing change from the city's architectural mega-projects, and one of its many interesting aspects is that it is Germany's first rammed earth building. Read more about this technology in Jean Dethier's article 'Building with raw earth: an eco-revolution?', in the Architectural Review, May 2009, pages 94-95.
Posted by Glasgow School of Art Library and Learning Resources at 11:41 AM