Monday, March 28, 2011

A National Trust bibliography

The National Trust has compiled a very useful bibliography of books and magazine articles about its properties and collections. The bibliography, which is freely available online, is arranged alphabetically by property and is an excellent starting point for researchers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scotland's Housing Expo 2010

A new online book about the UK's first housing expo, held in Inverness in August 2010, argues that more exhibitions showcasing innovative architecture should be held in the future. The book, published on the Scottish government website, illustrates and describes the buildings at the Expo, and provides background on the history and rationale of the event.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CAST at the University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Studies and Technology (CAST) is an architectural research lab that seeks to embrace both the poetic and technical dimensions of architectural design. Its website has some particularly interesting information about its invention and development of flexible fabric formworks, or fabric-formed concrete, and provides an opportunity to see how the technology has been applied to a wide range of forms from curtain walls to branching structures.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 relaunched

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) have revamped their website and given it a totally new look. It's aiming to appeal to a very wide audience, with comprehensive and regularly updated news, diary details of forthcoming events, features on new buildings and places, and an education resource for learners of all ages.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The death of the English village?

A free podcast from the Royal Society of Arts looks at where we can find village-like feelings of solidarity today. Henry Hemming and Clive Aslet debate whether these experiences now occur in actual villages, or in new forms of clubs and societies including virtual spaces.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The future for architects?

The RIBA's 'Building Futures' think tank has just released a new study which speculates on how the professional landscape might look in 2025. Amongst its predictions are high growth in emerging markets; architects moving away from traditional job descriptions to expanded and interdisciplinary roles; and new consultative and networked ways of working.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Understanding Glasgow

Understanding Glasgow is a new web-based resource that aims to inform a wide audience about the wellbeing of the city's residents, and is part of a partnership project looking at indicators of progress in Glasgow. It offers new insights into the issues facing Glasgow today, and presents striking and surprising statistics in an engaging and accessible way. Topics explored include lifestyle, transport, social capital, cultural vitality and mindset.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Glasgow Cultural Statistics Digest

A new report commissioned by Glasgow City Council reveals that the city's cultural sector now employs more than 5000 people, making it the UK's greatest cultural powerhouse outside London. The report, written by leading cultural policy analyst John Myerscough, profiles the structure, resources, activities and outcomes of the various domains within the sector, and includes an analysis of the contribution of Glasgow's built heritage. Overall, the document is a fascinating read despite its complete lack of images!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Palladio's 'Four books of architecture'

Regular readers of this blog will know that we're doing what we can to provide our users with full-text e-content to complement our traditional printed collections. We're currently experimenting with the digitisation of some of our older and rarer material, and have just completed a pilot project to make our 1581 edition of Palladio's 'I quattro libri dell'architettura' freely available via the Internet Archive website. Click the link above to view this wonderful volume on your desktop.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

New Glasgow Society

How interesting to see that the New Glasgow Society (NGS), originally established in 1965, is being resurrected, with a re-launch party to be held on Saturday 5 March. Created a couple of years before the Scottish Civic Trust, the NGS fought for 'the general betterment of the urban environment of Glasgow', and now has ambitions for strong links to architectural education, lobbying on behalf of local communities, and the promotion of talks, visits and walking tours. Join up and find out more from the society's lively website.