Monday, December 16, 2013

Tate Britain's critically acclaimed facelift

As some of you may know, Caruso St. John was put in charge of transforming the oldest part of Tate Britain, the iconic Grade II* listed Millbank building. The renovations have now been unveiled and after the votes were cast, we can happily say that it got an overall positive reception. Check out the results below:






To read more feedback from the architecture crowd, read this article in ArchDaily, which put together a critical round-up taking into consideration all the aspects of the renovation.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Taking gingerbread to whole new heights...

Check out these amazing structures recently completed for display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami by food artists and photographers Caitlin Lewin and Henry Hargreaves. The level of detail and the sense of illusion are simply fantastic and in black and white you nearly couldn't tell that all these building are, of course, completely edible...

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture


Thursday, December 05, 2013

The building of Crossrail – in pictures

As some of you may know, London is currently building a whole new line for the Underground, the Crossrail line running from Buckinghamshire to Essex and cutting straight across London. The Guardian has shared photos of the construction as it develops and the project seems so otherworldly, it might as well be taking place on Mars!






You can find more photos here and to find out more about the project itself, follow this link

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Feast your eyes on the "World's most Exquisite Libraries"

Yes, it's true, we have library envy again... But who could blame us, when you think of the chance to study and read in one these gorgeous libraries:




All these libraries are featured in the book The Library: A World History by James Campbell and Will Pryce. CNN have just released an online showreel where the authors take us on a virtual journey through some of their favourites

You'll be happy to hear that the book is available in our lending collection (shelfmark 727.8/CAM) and that it features our very own Mackintosh Library! 


Not so envious now, hey?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Metaphysics of Concrete

Concrete has always been a contentious material for architects, environmentalists and the people who live within its structures. Watch below a fascinating lecture by the University College London, reflecting on the rise of concrete in the building industry and its uses and politics in the present day.


UCL make all of their Lunch Time Lectures available to watch online. They span a broad and interesting range of topics. Follow this link to find out more.

Monday, December 02, 2013

F*** Yeah Cartography!

To start off the week, we have an exciting new Tumblr blog to share with you: F*** Yeah Cartography! This site is a real treasure trove of maps and map-related materials. They have historical maps, scientific maps, maps used in the fashion industry, hurricane defense maps, maps repurposed for artworks and so much more!

merelygifted:

A 1779 Italian map of Jamaica by Antonio Zatta
Via a now-dead website
A 1779 Italian map of Jamaica by Antonio Zatta

Lactose Intolerance Map

Cut and Contoured Map Portrait by Ed Fairburn

blackbirdcreations88:

Signed by George R.R. Martin
Signed by George R.R. Martin

To find out more about this blog, check it out here. All you mapping addicts will love it!