Friday, October 22, 2010

New e-book in the Library

A new e-book, 'Altering practices: feminist politics and the poetics of space' is a collection of essays concerned with the growing importance of technology and communications, the effects of globalisation, and the change of social demands. With contributions from the fields of architecture, art, philosophy and gender studies, it highlights feminist concerns with space 'from the critical stance of the new millennium'. GSA staff and students can access this book online with their MyGSA account.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Late love: post-war modern architecture

Berlin-based architecture critic Jurgen Tietz writes for the Goethe Institut about the public debate on post-war modern architecture in Germany, focusing on the cities of Bonn, Cologne, Hannover and Berlin.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Historic Glasgow

Our Archivist here at GSA mentioned this website to me, and I think it may be relatively new. 'Historic Glasgow' focuses on a dozen or so major themes relating to the history of the city, and is accompanied by good-quality image galleries. Although it is not yet complete and appears to be aimed at schools, it provides a highly-readable introduction to the city and its history which will be useful to newly-arrived students and others unfamiliar with Glasgow.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Threshold 2010

Last month Glasgow School of Art hosted 'Threshold 2010', a one-day conference which brought together healthcare professionals, educators and designers to share their knowledge and experience of creating 'people-centred' places. Summaries of the speakers' presentations together with their slide shows are freely available online.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Architecture: form, space and order

The 3rd edition of Frank Ching's classic visual reference book to the principles of architecture, 'Architecture: form, space and order' is now available to GSA staff and students as an e-book. It can be accessed via the DawsonEra online service both on-campus, and off-campus using a 'MyGSA' account.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Understanding Place

English Heritage has recently produced 'Understanding place: historic areas assessments: principles and practice', the latest in a series of general guidance publications and character studies of localities. It aims to assist local authorities, practitioners, developers, community groups and others assess the character and significance of historic areas, be they town or city centres, suburbs, villages or other urban and rural landscapes. Case studies are included, and the entire document is freely available online.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Photoshop workshop for students Thursday 7th October

Learning Resources has organised some IT workshops for students as a result of requests from last years' Student IT skills survey. GSA staff members are also welcome to attend too. These kick off this Thursday evening at 5.15pm in the iMac training room on the first floor of the Library with a Photoshop session focussing on scanning, image formats and resolution.

If you would like to attend the session turn up at 5.15pm and grab a seat at an iMac. The first 19 people to arrive will secure a place, there is no pre-booking. Alternatively if you have a laptop with Photoshop on it, bring it along and join in!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sensuous geographies

'Sensuous geographies: body, sense and place' is the title of an intriguing new e-book which has just been added to the Library's collection. It explores our immediate sensuous experience of the world through the four senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight, and explains how this process is influenced by historical, cultural and technological contexts. GSA staff and students can freely access this book online using their 'MyGSA' account.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Fairfield shipyard offices

Last month I mentioned Glasgow's 'Doors Open' day, the highlight of which for me was a look around the former offices of the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Govan, built in 1890 by John Honeyman and Keppie. Of particular interest were the vast top-lit drawing offices and the unusual rear entrance to the building. The complex, which has been derelict since 2001, is currently the subject of a £4.5m restoration by architects Page and Park which will create heritage and business space.