Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Urban Section by Robert Mantho Ebook

The design of streets, and the connections between streets of different character, is the most important task for architects and urbanists working in an urban context. Considered at two distinct spatial scales - that of the individual street - the Street Section - and the complex of city streets - the City Transect - Urban Section identifies a range of generic street types and their success or otherwise in responding to climatic, cultural, traditional, morphological, social and economic well being.

Due to the popularity of this title, the Library has now made available an electronic version - 

Whether you're on or off campus, you can access the book online using your log in and password.

Happy reading.

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Influence of the Bauhaus

BBC Radio 4 have recently broadcast a short piece on the influential Bauhaus school - 

'Neil MacGregor focuses on the Bauhaus school of art and design, founded in Weimar in 1919.
Our cities and houses today, our furniture and typography, are unthinkable without the functional elegance pioneered by the Bauhaus'

Home to influential figures like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinksy and Walter Gropius (among many others),  the Bauhaus was founded on the idea of creating a "total" work of art in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style later became one of the most influential currents in modern design, Modernist architecture and art, design and architectural education.

If you would like to know more, the Library has over 100 books related to the school, that you can take out at your own pleasure (though not all at once).