Friday, May 29, 2009

Virtual Shanghai

Virtual Shanghai: Shanghai Urban Space in Time is an electronic library of materials about the urban history of Shanghai from the 19th Century to the present day. It provides free access to a large collection of digitised texts, photographs and maps, including original documents and articles and chronologies on the economic, social and political history of the area. There are images, maps, and thematic bibliographies to guide further reading.
Access: Free

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Energy performance of UK government buildings

Amidst all the rather abstract talk about Display Energy Certificates which show the actual energy use of large public buildings, it's interesting to see some actual examples, albeit rather depressing ones. The Government has produced energy statistics for its own estate which reveal that one in three of its buildings have the lowest possible ('G') energy efficiency rating, a reflection of the age and decrepitude of much of the public estate. Ironically, the Department for Energy and Climate Change appears to be one of the worst offenders. The full story and figures are available online.
Access: Free

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

50th anniversary of Guggenheim New York

To mark the 50th anniversary this year of New York's Guggenheim, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Museum's website is featuring material related to both the architect and the building's construction. It includes a chronology, plans and photographs, together with information about the Guggenheim's archive of correspondence documenting the construction of the museum between 1943 and 1959. An accompanying exhibition, 'Frank Lloyd Wright: from within outward', has just opened at the Guggenheim and will run until August 23rd.
Access: Free

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Library Launches Information Skills Resource for the GSA Community

InfosmART is the GSA Library’s online interactive course in information and research skills. If you have ever struggled with writing bibliographies, conducting literature reviews, finding information, or referencing sources, then InfosmART is for you!
  • Learn how to select your sources and define your keywords.
  • Learn how to search your sources quickly and effectively.
  • Learn how to evaluate the information you find for currency, relevance, accuracy and methodology.
  • Learn how to cite the information you find as references and bibliographies in your own work.
You can find InfosmART under Students Services or Staff Services on the VLE.

Design and Build with Metal e-zine

Design and Build with Metal is a US-based quarterly electronic magazine featuring projects, manufacturers and products related to the use of metal in construction. The Spring 2009 issue is now available, featuring 11 projects, six new products, and articles on metal roofing and walls.
Access: Free

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

World class places

The UK government has launched its first placemaking strategy since the publication of Lord Rogers' 'Towards an urban renaissance' a decade ago. The new strategy, 'World class places', includes a commitment to apply a minimum design standard to every public building programme, and will give new guidance on the design of high streets and other non-residential roads, and promote and fund more user engagement in the design of new public buildings. The publication is only available online, where it can be freely downloaded.
Access: Free

Monday, May 11, 2009

Berlin-Glasgow architecture exhibition

I've not yet had the chance to pop along to see this, but during May the Goethe Institut in Glasgow is staging an exhibition of architectural photography by students at Paisley's Reid Kerr College which documents the changing architectural landscapes of Berlin and Glasgow.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Fourth Door Review

Four years after its publication was suspended, the architectural magazine Fourth Door Review has just been relaunched, and we are again subscribing to it here at GSA Library. The latest issue has a major feature on the new architecture of the Vorarlberg and Graubunden regions of Austria and Switzerland respectively. It includes an extensive interview with Peter Zumthor, but also focuses on other rising architecutral and engineering stars who have been rather overshadowed by him.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

Given the ongoing interest in the design of the public realm and the regeneration of waterfront communities, it’s worth drawing attention to the extensive website of the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, which is redeveloping Scotland’s five Ayrshire seaside towns of Irvine, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan. The searchable website has a lot of information about individual projects, together with maps, official documents and computer-generated images.
Access: Free