Tuesday, March 30, 2010

City of Edinburgh Improvement Trust images

The National Library of Scotland has added around 140 photographs of buildings on the South Side of Edinburgh to its freely-available digital collection. The wonderfully evocative images were commissioned in 1929 by the City of Edinburgh Improvement Trust in advance of slum clearance. All images are captioned and can be zoomed into for further detail.
Access: Free

Friday, March 26, 2010


Walkit.com is an online 'urban walking route planner' for the UK, rather like a pedestrian's version of the RAC Route Planner for motorists. It can be used to devise 'direct' or 'less busy' routes between any two points, such as postcode addresses, and provides automatic calculations of distance, time, calories used, and CO2 saved. The maps and direction scan be printed out or emailed. It's a fascinating and intriguing tool, and may also interest architects who wish to calculate typical walking times to and from a particular development.
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

World Architecture News podcasts

World Architecture News, the website that bills itself as 'the global resource for architecture' has for some months now been hosting and archiving podcasts. Many of these feature interviews with leading architects, including Peter Zumthor, Will Alsop and Ken Yeang, while others reflect on some of the latest developments and projects within the industry.
Access: Free

Monday, March 22, 2010

Glasgow Lighthouse update

Glasgow City Council has unveiled proposals to secure the future of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Lighthouse building as Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture and Design. The Lighthouse went into administration in August 2009, but the plans will see Architecture & Design Scotland expanding its presence in the building together with other tenants, and the provision of an architecture and design bookshop on the ground floor.

Friday, March 19, 2010

1960s architecture journals

We've received a donation of 1960s journals which extend the time spans of a number of key architectural titles that we hold here. These include 'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui'; the Swiss magazines 'Werk' and 'Bauen & Wohnen'; 'Japan Architect'; and the U.S. monthly 'Progressive Architecture'. The content can be accessed by searching databases such as architecture.com and the Avery Index, and the journals themselves are in the Mackintosh Library.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Artists' books for architects

My indefatigable colleague Duncan Chappell, who can be seen in action at http://vimeo.com/9850999 has produced a guide to the Library's wonderful collection of artists' books. There's a tendency for architecture students to overlook this fine resource but Duncan's guide, which groups the books by subject, highlights titles in relevant areas such as cultural geography, environmentalism, landscape, surveillance, and urbanism and the city. The collection itself is housed in the Mackintosh Library, and can be used for reference.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Library guide to sustainability resources

To reflect GSA's ongoing interest in environmental sustainability, we've put together a list of recent general books on the subject which are available from the Library, together with details of relevant online, full-text journals which staff and students can access using their GSA Athens account. The list is in the form of a pdf on the 'collections' part of the Library website.
Access: Free

Monday, March 15, 2010

Royal Academy of Arts architecture programme

The Royal Academy's current programme of architecture exhibitions and talks has a focus on library buildings. Speakers include Benedetta Taglibue on the Palafolls public library in Barcelona; Morten Schmidt of Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen on Copenhagen's Royal Danish Library and the University of Aberdeen New Library; and Jo Coenen on the new Amsterdam Public Library.
Access: Chargeable lectures in London

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Urbis Research Forum Review

The Manchester-based Urbis Research Forum seeks to provide an informal space for discussions exploring urban issues. The second online issue of its Review presents the highlights from two such sessions. The first article, 'Synergetic City' offers a Utopian vision of a Free Energy City set in Liverpool; the second, 'Code/Space' examines the prevalence of software in everday life.
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Paul Rudolph Foundation

The American Modernist architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) is celebrated on the extensive website of the Paul Rudolph Foundation, which exists to further the knowledge, preservation and understanding of his work. The website includes a detailed biography, images, a list of projects, the full-text of selected writings about Rudolph, and links to further information.
Access: Free

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Balkrishna Doshi DVD

The Library has purchased an important architectural film charting the life and work of Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi (1927-). Doshi worked under Le Corbusier, and is known for his environmental and urban concerns and his interpretation of modern architecture for an Indian context. The film is directed by Premjit Ramachandran, and is DVD 1646 in the GSA Library's collection.
Access: Free to GSA staff and students

Friday, March 05, 2010

Creating Excellent Primary Schools

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has published detailed online guidance for the design of new primary schools which are receiving new capital investment. It includes case studies and practical examples, and is divided into sections relating to the various stages of a project.

Access: Free

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Grimshaw's 'Blue'

Here in the Library, we've just received the first copy of 'Blue', a new biannual publication by London-based architects Grimshaw. It focuses on the topics of water, energy and waste and features essays derived from the practice's current research and conceptual work. Coincidentally, Edinburgh College of Art is hosting an exhibition of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw's sketchbooks which runs until 12 March 2010.
Access: Free exhibition

Monday, March 01, 2010

Glasgow Riverside Museum progress

With hopefully less than a year to go until its opening, interest in Glasgow's Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum, which replaces the existing Museum of Transport, is steadily growing. More information is emerging about the principles and concepts behind the new museum's displays, and how these will be facilitated by Hadid's dramatic design for the building. Some of the latest thinking about the project can be found on the City Council's Riverside Museum Appeal pages.
Access: Free