Thursday, April 30, 2009

Le Corbusier books reviewed

The New York Review of Books has just published a lengthy review of eight recent books on Le Corbusier. The full review is freely available online, and it provides an interesting reflection of current thinking about Le Corbusier. Each of the books mentioned in the review will be stocked by the library here at GSA.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CABE interview with Klaus Bondam

CABE’s website features the text of an interesting short interview with Klaus Bondam, Copenhagen’s mayor of environmental administration, who is leading the city’s drive to become the world’s best urban environment by 2015. There are also links to further interviews with green insfrastructure pioneer Edward T McMahon, and San Francisco’s director of climate protection initiatives Wade Crowfoot.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cities and media

‘Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World’ was a conference held in Vadstena, Sweden, in 2006. The majority of the 28 papers have been made freely available online in full text form, and cover a range of topics including the implications of mobile and wireless technologies; the future of urban public libraries; the Modernist heritage of Tel Aviv; the rise of the literary walking tour in European cities; and using the example of Manchester, the role of popular music in cultural regeneration.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

New architecture DVDs

We’ve recently purchased a major set of DVDs containing six-30 minute films each of which focuses on a seminal piece of architecture. Featured projects include Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre, Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque; Calatrava’s Lyon-Satolas TGV station, and Zumthor’s thermal baths at Vals. The DVDs are numbers 1433 to 1437 in the Library’s collection, and all are available for loan.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Books on sustainability

Here at GSA, there is an increasing focus on how the School can address environmental sustainability in its estate, in its day-to-day work, and in the curriculum. To help raise awareness of some of the issues amongst staff and students, the Library has purchased a range of highly readable books about the climate change debate. Full details are on the catalogue, and most of the books will be found on the shelves at Library classification number 577.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Tenement Museum, New York

Glasgow is well known as a city of tenements and fittingly has its own 19th century Tenement House Museum. Its grittier New York equivalent is the Tenement Museum, an 1863 building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a flavour of which can be gained from its website. The ‘history’ section is particularly interesting, with oral histories from tenement dwellers, photographs, archival documents and other artifacts.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

J G Ballard's architectural inspirations

The writer J G Ballard, who died this week aged 78, drew much of his inspiration from the built environment. The Architects' Journal has a tribute to Ballard and images of five key structures that feature in his work.
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Friday, April 03, 2009

Eero Saarinen images

The Library of Congress has made available thumbnail images and associated descriptions of around 800 photographs by Balthazar Korab documenting 19 projects by architect Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Included are corporate headquarters, airports, university facilities, embassies, private residences, churches, a museum, and a monumental arch. Korab captured their development during the 1950s and 1960s from model and site plan through construction to finished exteriors and interiors.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Alexander Thomson Society

The Alexander Thomson Society was established in 1991 to promote the life and work of this great Scottish Greek Revival architect (1817-1875). The Society’s website has been completely overhauled, and is packed with useful information and links, including forthcoming lectures and other events; related websites; publications; and a link to the Society’s previous website which reproduces a selection of research material in full.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009


The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) regularly compiles briefings on a wide range of topics, and although aimed at Members of Parliament and their personal staff, they are made freely available online. A recent topic has been Microgeneration, and the briefing provides a very useful outline of the available technologies and barriers to their adoption; the Scottish and UK government policy; and an overview of recent reports on encouraging uptake and reducing emissions.
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