Thursday, July 30, 2009

Enhancements to ICE Virtual Library

For the past two years, GSA staff and students have had access to selected e-journals published by the Institution of Civil Engineers, some of which date back to the 1830s. This fully searchable content has now been further expanded and relaunched, and includes the Institution's journals covering buildings, urban design and planning, bridges, sustainability, construction materials, and engineering history and heritage. Links to this content can also be found via the GSA Library catalogue.
Access: Free, but available on GSA campus only

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

British Periodicals Online

GSA Library now has access to a new and rich resource which comprises the full text of more than 500 British periodicals from the 1680s to the 1930s. A wide range of different types of periodical is represented, including architectural classics such as 'Academy Architecture', 'British Architect', and the very early 'Architectural Magazine'. Links to the most useful titles in the arts have been created from the GSA library catalogue.
Access: Free, but only available on GSA campus

RIBA Library summer closure

A quick reminder to those doing architectural research during the summer that the British Architectural Library in London will be closed to personal visitors from mid-August until early September, although its Information Centre will continue to respond to phone, fax and email enquiries as normal. Full details of the various closures can be found at the web address below.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Green House

Architects Gaunt Francis have designed a fully sustainable home with the potential for mass production, and their 'Green House' has now been constructed on BRE's Innovation Park at Watford. Read more about the project and the technology that has been used in the short online publication 'Green House' by the National Centre for Excellence in Housing.
Access: Free

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mapping Liverpool in film

'The City in Film' is an AHRC-funded project led by the University of Liverpool's Schools of Architecture and Politics & Communication Studies. It uses the example of Liverpool to map the relationship between filmic representations of urban space and the social, material and lived spaces within which they are embedded. It will use GIS technology to develop an interactive digital map of Liverpool in film, including newsreels, documentaries, and amateur and independent productions.
Access: Free

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2009 Mackintosh School of Architecture dissertations

This year's undergraduate architectural dissertations have now been added to stock and are available for consultation. The Library holds copies of these dissertations back to the early 1970s, and the collection represents a tremendous resource covering an enormous range of subjects. Full details are on the library's online catalogue.
Access: Free

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Digitised early printed books

The University Library of Heidelberg has become the latest institution to digitise some of its early printed architecture and landscape books, making them freely available online. Its international collection includes impressive engraving series and pattern books about landscape architecture and horticulture from the Renaissance till the early 19th century, together with rare architectural books from London-based publishers.
Access: Free

Friday, July 17, 2009

Biomass heating guide

The Carbon Trust has recently produced technical guidance aimed at businesses and public sector organisations interested in implementing a biomass heating project. There is increasing recognition of the potential of small scale biomass using fuels such as woodchip, wood pellets or willow. The guide, which is available online, covers key issues such as sustainability and fuel supply, as well as going on to provide a detailed introduction to the technicalities of fuel and plant operation.
Access: Free, but initial registration required

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Protecting Metroland

BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme this week broadcast a rather nice short piece about the London Borough of Harrow’s plans to protect the Edwardian suburban houses developed around the Metropolitan Line station at Pinner. Immortalised by John Betjeman as ‘Metroland’, the proposals could lead to other councils seeking to adopt similar policies for their own bits of 20th century suburbia.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Architectural archives at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has made the catalogue of its architectural archives available online. The database is searchable by collection, name of architect or project, and project location, type or client. Hopefully the catalogue will evolve to include some 'taster' images from this interesting collection.
Access: Free