Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Report from Mary, Queen of Shops

Retail expert Mary Portas has just published her review of the future of Britain's ailing high streets, which was prompted by concerns about a doubling of town centre vacancy rates in just two years. Her review makes a number of recommendations which, if implemented, would have an impact on the built environment and public space in town centres.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New design in historic settings

A new joint publication from Historic Scotland, Architecture and Place, and Architecture and Design Scotland explores how the standard of new design in historic settings can be raised. The guidance sets out some broad principles and illustrates them with reference to examples of good practice from around Scotland. These include St Aloysius Junior School, Glasgow; the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh; the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness; the Lotte Glob house, Sutherland; the Culloden Visitor Centre; and Glasgow's Cathedral Precinct.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Architectural procurement in Scotland

The RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) has just published its long-awaited report on architectural procurement, which is freely available online. The report suggests that the process in Scotland is costly, inefficient, and damaging to both the economy and construction employment, and makes recommendations to improve the situation.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Scottish six-inch maps online

The National Library of Scotland has recently added 7486(!) map sheets to its already vast online collection. The maps are the six-inch to the mile and later edition maps of Scotland and cover the period 1892-1960. At this scale, they illustrate a very wide range of natural and man-made features and are excellent for local history. It is possible to zoom into the detail of the maps using an interactive index map, and to search by county, parish and a gazetteer of place names.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Living (e)Books

A series of 21 'Living Books about Life' has been launched online as part of a pioneering initiative to provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. The books are written and produced by humanities scholars from universities worldwide, and re-package scientific research to make it more accessible, and freely available, to a non-scientific audience. Several of the titles are likely to be of interest to architects, and feature topics such as surveillance, energy, and the man-machine interface. 

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Bertrand Goldberg and Marina City

We've just added a new book, 'Bertrand Goldberg, architecture of invention' to library stock. It's the catalogue of the exhibition currently at the Art Institute of Chicago, which itself is accompanied by a website showcasing some little-known material. Anyone wanting to find out more about Goldberg's Marina City development might also be interested in a 'A city within a city'; an original brochure about the complex that we hold in our store.