Monday, October 31, 2011

UK life expectancy animated map

The UK's Office for National Statistics has been creating interactive content to bring its data to life, making it more meaningful and memorable. A good example which should give architects pause for thought is an animated map which illustrates changing life expectancy across the UK for males and females. Interacting with the map allows you to see how a particular geographical area compares with the UK as a whole, which in the case of Glasgow makes for alarming viewing.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Digimap researcher workshop

Digimap's support team are organising a free, informal workshop in Edinburgh on Tuesday 29 November, aimed at any postgraduate or researcher using or intending to use Digimap as part of their work. The day will include informal breakout sessions and workshops, and is an excellent opportunity to receive advice and support on issues such as sourcing geospatial data, data management, making the most of Digimap, and advanced GIS. Places are limited; follow the link above to complete a form and register your interest.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Two new e-books

We've just added another couple of e-books to our steadily-expanding collection:
  • Structural and stress analysis (T H G Megson)
  • Sustainability and the design of transport interchanges (Brian Edwards)
Both books can be accessed on- and off-campus via the Library's online catalogue.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

PARC e-journal from Brazil

PARC (Pesquise em Arquitetura e Construcao) is a freely-available Brazilian e-journal from the School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design of the State University of Campinas. Produced twice-yearly in both English and Portuguese, it presents the results of academic research on contemporary architecture and urban design issues. The latest issue, on contemporary architecture and scientific development, has just been published.    

Friday, October 14, 2011

New e-book in the Library

Where possible, we'll be purchasing electronic copies of key texts again this academic year to ensure their maximum availability to students. We've just bought an e-copy of Dean Hawkes' 'The environmental imagination', which explores the changing relationship between the poetic intentions and technical means of environmental design in architecture. Read this book online using your 'MyGSA' account; there's also a link to it from the GSA Library catalogue.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mackintosh School of Architecture research projects

Last academic year's undergraduate research projects, formerly known as dissertations, are now available for consultation in GSA Library. These, and previous years' dissertations, can be searched for either by using the Library's online catalogue, or by following the weblink above which leads to alphabetical listings by author for each year. The collection is an incredibly rich resource covering an enormous range of architecture-related topics.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A natural factory

Earlier this year, Sust (Architecture and Design Scotland’s Sustainability in Architecture Programme) and the Forestry Commission Scotland collaborated on an exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow to showcase recent Scottish buildings that use of timber in their construction. Much of the exhibition's content is now available online in the form of case studies of 25 buildings, including photographs and plans.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Scottish Ten Edinburgh animations

Historic Scotland has been working wth Glasgow School of Art to digitally scan and record Scotland's five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, alongside five outstanding international heritage sites for future generations. Five of the animations of 3D models generated as part of this Scottish Ten project can now be freely downloaded online.

Friday, October 07, 2011

The archaeological landscape of Bute

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) has published a free online guidebook to the rich historical environment of the Isle of Bute, in the Clyde estuary. The book's detailed maps, plans and photographs provide a comprehensive guide to the island’s sites of interest, invaluable for anyone needing context for its principal town of Rothesay or the well-known Mount Stuart house.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Biomimicry in architecture

This recent podcast from the RSA features Michael Pawlyn, director of Exploration Architects, talking about how nature offers a sourcebook of extraordinary deign solutions for the challenges of building a sustainable future. Pawlyn's new book, 'Biomimicry in architecture' will shortly be available in GSA Library.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Glasgow Landmarks

Inspired by the successful Chicago Landmarks initiative, various Glasgow organisations under the banner of the Mackintosh Heritage Group recently invited the public to vote for and create a list of the city's top 50 buildings. The final selection is an interesting reflection of popular favourites, with some lesser-known structures making it into the list. The project is accompanied by a well-illustrated website and links to a downloadable map of the selected buildings.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

2011 RIBA Stirling Prize

As usual, we've recorded this year's Channel 4's Stirling Prize programme in case you missed it at the weekend - it's DVD 2196 in the GSA Library's collection.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Talk to me

The current MoMA exhibition 'Talk to me' explores how objects communicate with us and can help us to communicate with others. As always with MoMA, the exhibition is available online and showcases around 200 fascinating projects centred around interaction design, with a specific section which looks at the city.