Monday, February 21, 2011

Sir Christopher Frayling on design education

GSA staff recently enjoyed a talk by Sir Christopher Frayling, former Rector of the Royal College of Art, in which he gave us an overview of the current economic, social and educational context of design education in the UK. Interestingly, Sir Christopher also spoke briefly on yesterday's Radio 4 Sunday morning magazine programme 'Broadcasting House'. In a review of the week's papers, he highlighted the irony of positive coverage of British art, design and architecture successes such as the London 2012 Velodrome at a time when the Russell Group of universities are claiming that art and design GSEs are unacceptable for gilt-edged universities. You can hear Sir Christopher about 54 minutes into the programme, which is available on BBC iPlayer.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Creative Cities event

The Mackintosh School of Architecture's Urban Lab is organising a special event, 'Creative cities, creative spaces' on 21 Feb 2011 from 5-6.30pm. Prof. Graeme Evans, Director of the Cities Institute at London Met. University will be reviewing the rationales used to justify creative city policy and interventions worldwide. The event, which will be held in GSA's Mackintosh Lecture Theatre, is open to GSA staff, students and the general public.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

St Andrew House, Glasgow

Another piece of Glasgow's 1960s high-rise history is currently being significantly altered by a refurbishment. St Andrew House in Sauchiehall Street was built in 1964 by Arthur Swift & Partners, best-known for their monumental Victoria Shopping Centre in Nottingham. Described by the Glasgow architectural guidebook 'Glasgow at a glance' as a 'powerful landmark', St Andrew House's exposed aggregate cladding panels are currently being replaced. The image shown here is from the SCRAN database and shows the building under construction.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A few more e-books

Here are the titles of some more e-books just added to Library stock; access them via the library catalogue and your 'MyGSA' account:
  • Building on the past (Peter Malpass)
  • Britain (Alan Powers)
  • Interior lighting for designers (Gary Gordon)
  • Selling places (Stephen Ward)

Monday, February 07, 2011

Underground journeys

The V&A Museum in London in partnership with the RIBA Trust has been hosting an exhibition of original architectural drawings by Charles Holden. In case you can't make it to the exhibition, which closes on 11 February, a rather nice little guide providing background information on Holden's designs for London Transport can be downloaded from the website.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Even more e-books

No apologies for yet another posting about our growing e-book collection; where possible we're investing in this format to provide staff and students with easier access to titles, particularly when the content is relatively text-heavy. The following e-books have just been added and can be read anytime, anywhere with a 'MyGSA' account:
  • Housing and the welfare state (Peter Malpass)
  • Housing policy (Jean Conway)
  • Space grid structures (John Chilton)
  • Tensile surface structures (Michael Seidel)
  • Free-standing tension structures (Binbing Wang)
  • Portfolios for interior designers (Maureen Mitton)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Boom Room: New Estonian Architecture

The 'Boom Room' exhibition showcasing the best of Estonian architecture since 2000 is running at the Grace and Fyfe Clark Gallery in Glasgow School of Art until 18 February. We also have the exhibition catalogue in the Library, which is particularly useful as so little has been written in English-language architectural magazines about the astonishing impact of Estonia's economic boom on its built environment.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Architectural drawing exhibition

Back in November I mentioned a Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) competition to promote hand-drawn, rather than computer-generated architectural images. There are now just a couple of days left to view (and buy) the entries in Glasgow at the RGI's Kelly Gallery and the Glasgow Art Club, as the exhibition closes on 4 February.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

More e-books!

We've purchased another batch of e-books for GSA students and staff, providing easier access to some of the printed books which are often in high demand. New titles include:

  • Cliff Moughtin's series of four books on urban design
  • 'The environments of architecture' by Randall Thomas
  • 'Designing the city' by Hildebrand Frey
  • Portfolio: an architectural student's handbook' by Igor Marjanovic
  • 'Loose space' by Karen Franck
  • 'Heidegger for architects' by Adam Sharr