Thursday, June 16, 2011

Online maps of Glasgow



The University of Glasgow Library has made some more of its historic map collection available online, this time focusing on the Glasgow area and including 'zoomable' Ordnance Survey and private surveyor maps. The intention is to continue adding further sheets, so it will be worth bookmarking the site and checking back periodically.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scotland on Front Row



BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' arts programme last night featured a report from Glasgow's new Riverside transport museum, and included interviews with architectural critic Hugh Pearman and the building's architect Zaha Hadid. The same programme also made a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (see my blog posting of 6 June), which has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize and whose winner will be announced on Front Row tonight. You can catch up with recent programmes via BBC iPlayer.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Glasgow's new urban motorway



Glasgow's controversial new M74 motorway through the city's south side will open to traffic on 28 June. The road has its own website which explains the background to the scheme and its intended contribution to economic and community regeneration in advance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The website also has information on the 'M74 Dig' which uncovered sites of archaeological and historical importance along the route.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mackintosh School guest lectures online



The Mackintosh School of Architecture hosts a regular series of lectures from guest speakers, and these are now freely available online. 15 speakers, including Frank Barkow, Jonathan Sergison, Wiel Arets and Rick Mather present their take on architecture in relation to wider disciplines like urbanism, manufacturing, global culture, lighting and landscape.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

"A guide to the new ruins of Great Britain"



We've bought a copy of architectural critic Owen Hatherley's new book, which explores the urban architectural legacy of the New Labour years. The book's only Scottish chapter features a visit to Glasgow, which is described as having 'a liking for shiny tat'. If you have the stomach for more of Hatherley's scathing humour, you'll find the book on our library shelves at 720.941 HAT.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Using social media to change attitudes



Researchers at Newcastle University have embarked on an experiment with some brave students which photographs the contents of their household rubbish bins. Images of discarded packaging are automatically posted onto Facebook to see whether 'naming and shaming' those who fail to separate their rubbish for recycling is effective in changing their behaviour.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The compendium for the civic economy



NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) has joined forces with CABE and design practice 00:/ to publish this compendium which looks at the potential of the civic economy, or the combining of the spirit of entrepreneurship with the aspiration of civic renewal. The book, which is freely available online, includes 25 case studies which demonstrate how urban and rural communities are using new organising tactics, ways of connecting with people, and approaches to collaborative investment.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum




I finally made it down to this new museum at Alloway, Ayrshire, at the weekend. The building has been designed by Edinburgh-based architects Simpson & Brown with Buro Happold as structural engineers, so it's a little surprising that there has been almost no coverage to date in the architectural journals. The various Burns sites in the area have been linked together with some enjoyable public art, including work by Timorous Beasties, Kenny Hunter (pictured) and book artist Su Blackwell, while the original Burns Cottage has had a makeover and makes clever use of technology to recreate its 18th century atmosphere.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Housing Paper Worlds



The National Library of Scotland is showcasing architectural designs and 11 new Edinburgh maps created by Dundee University architecture students as part of a project to design a new Cartographic Institute in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Original artwork, designs and plans for the building are displayed alongside the maps, setting the sites in context. The exhibition runs until 26 August, and is at the the Library's George IV Bridge building.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Detail magazine online



I've been reminded by colleagues in other institutions that pretty much the full text of 'Detail' magazine for 2007 onwards is available via the 'Art & Architecture Complete' database that we have a subscription to here at GSA. This means that staff and students can download Detail's excellent features and articles as pdfs, both from on- and off-campus. Very useful and worth remembering too that the text of hundereds of other architectural magazines are also available in this way through Art & Architecture Complete.