Friday, September 30, 2011

Sensing and actuating architecture

Italian designer Carlo Ratti talks on TED.com about the work that his team at MIT's SENSEable City Lab are doing.  Ratti creates astonishing visualisations of city life by pulling data from passive datasets like mobile phone calls, and by creating interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Scotland's energy sector

The Scottish Parliament's Information Centre compiles regular briefings on key topics, and these are a valuable way to better understanding many current issues. The Centre has recently turned its attention to Scotland's energy sector, focusing on energy for transport, heat and electricity, and measures to reduce demand and boost renewable technologies.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Polish museums

An online exhibition from the RIBA looks at three major new museums being built in Poland, and explores how architecture can help frame and unlock the past, acting as both a memorial and also a tool for visitors to learn and understand the context of the present. Museums featured are the Copernicus Science Museum, Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, and the Silesian Museum in Katowice.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Swinburne Design lectures online

The Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne holds regular Design Perspectives lectures, and eight of these are now freely available online and may be of interest to architects.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Network Rail guidance on station planning and design

Network Rail has recently issued design guidance for major railway stations, based around the four key themes of usability, operability, quality and value. It includes some interesting comments on issues such as wayfinding and provision for large pedestrian flows in public spaces.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New and Improved Subject Guides

GSA Library has just updated and expanded its range of tailored subject guides in preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic session.
Our subject guides have a great new streamlined look, and have been made available as PDFs for easy download. They provide a quick one-stop guide to the resources available for all GSA programmes and subject areas, as well as for affiliated topics such as Film and Cinema. Find out useful shelfmarks in the Library, print and electronic journals, online databases and imagebanks, library blogs and learning materials, all tailored to your specific subject or course of study.

OASE Journal for Architecture

OASE is an independent, international, peer-reviewed journal for architecture which is published three times per year, and provides rigorous investigation of a specific theme, featuring architecture, urban design and landscape design. OASE now has a new website, and issues 1-81 of the journal available to download as PDFs. As with all such journals, we've made a link to OASE from the library's online catalogue.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where did you get to on Doors Open Day?





Some images from a visit to the 23rd floor community flat in the soon-to-be demolished Red Road flats in Glasgow as part of this year's Doors Open celebrations.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sensing a historic low-CO2 future

Colin Porteous, Senior Researcher at GSA's Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU), has made freely available online his contribution to a new book 'Chemistry, Emission Control, Radioactive Pollution and Indoor Air Quality'. Entitled 'Sensing a historic low-CO2 future', Colin's chapter highlights the longstanding role of CO2 as an indicator of air quality inside buildings, and looks at the contemporary dilemma between achievng airtightness and maintaining air quality.