Friday, October 30, 2009

Neighbourhood statistics

I've had a few enquiries recently about how to find population and other demographic statistics for very specific geographic areas of the UK. For Scotland, the 'Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics' website provides, for free, a wide range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population and population density, crime and social/community issues. A similar service, 'Neighbourhood Statistics', is offered via the website of the Official for National Statistics and covers the whole of the UK.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Berlin Wall anniversary at the Goethe

The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is being marked by a series of exhibitions and film showings at the Goethe Institut in Glasgow. These include an exhibition of photographs of buildings, streets and squares in East Germany taken in 1990 and again in 2000 from the same viewpoints. The anniversary itself on 9th November features all-day film screenings and special displays. It's also a good time to remind GSA students that they are automatically members of the Library at the Goethe!
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Who'd want to be an architecture student?

Journalist and former architecture student Tom Dyckhoff reports from Freshers' Week at the Bartlett School of Architecture in this article from the 'Times Online'. His piece is followed by some interesting feedback from readers...
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Interview with David Chipperfield

To mark the opening of the exhibition 'David Chipperfield: form matters' at the Design Museum, BBC Radio 4's arts programme 'Front Row' has an interview with the architect about his background and work, the double-edged role of computer representations of buildings, and his reaction to being feted abroad more than at home in Britain.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Homes for our old age

CABE has recently published 10 case studies of housing schemes for older people, each of which offers inventive design and management solutions linking home and social care. The publication, 'Homes for our old age', also provides useful contextual information about age, poverty, dementia and isolation, and highlights the key issues facing commissioners and designers. Glasgow's Croftspar scheme, with its seven supported houses for people with dementia, is one of the featured case studies.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

New mapping tool for Digimap

A new mapping tool, called Roam (Rapid Online Access to Maps) has been announced for Digimap's Ordnance Surey Collection. It is currently available as a beta facility, and while offering a similar range of datasets as Digimap's Classic facility, provides improved map locating tools, a wider variety of printed outputs, and enhanced performance. The intention is to run it alongside Classic until January 2010, when Classic will be withdrawn.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Tenements explained

Consumer Focus Scotland has just published 'Common repair, common sense: a short guide to the management of tenements in Scotland', and made it freely available online. It's an interesting booklet setting out the latest legal position on owners' rights and responsibilities, particularly with regard to common elements of the property such as roofs and closes. As such, it provides some useful background to this very distinctive Scottish building type.
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Monday, October 05, 2009

Rogers on cities and buildings

Richard Rogers' 2008 Royal Society of Arts Bossom Lecture, 'Thoughts on the design of cities and buildings', can now be viewed in full (50 minutes in length) or downloaded from the web.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

The benefits of low carbon buildings

Post-occupancy building studies can be difficult to find, so new research from the Carbon Trust which focuses on three Scottish buildings is particularly welcome. It explores the impact of low carbon buildings on occupying organisations, using the examples of the corporate office of Scottish Natural Heritage in Inverness; Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority headquarters in Balloch; and the Central Scotland headquarters of building services engineers N G Bailey in Bellshill.
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