Monday, February 27, 2012

Skateboarders 'essential' for cities

'The Independent' has a summary of a lecture by urban commentator Iain Borden in which he makes a plea for practices and spaces that are more creative in their engagement with cities, and which go beyond the shopping mall and the piazza. The Library here at GSA has a good selection of Borden's thought-provoking writings, including his 'Skateboarding, space and the city', which reflects his passion for the sport.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Whose plan is it anyway?

On the evening of 5 March, Glasgow City Heritage Trust and the Scottish Civic Trust are holding an event which seeks to demystify the planning process and examine the do's and don'ts of community consultation and participation. For an example of the complexity of the issues and their potentially long-lasting impact on a community, have a look at this interesting online discussion about the new Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan, which replaces a controversially-demolished Victorian school sited just outside the Govan Conservation Area:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Peter Womersley

Historic Scotland has produced a free online booklet looking at the career of Peter Womersley (1923-1993), known for his small but varied architectural output in central and southern Scotland. Key buildings are described and illustrated, and there is a short bibliography. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The case for space

The RIBA has produced a report looking at the internal floor area of privately developed homes on a sample of sites currently being built by England’s eight largest volume housebuilders, and comparing the findings to the Greater London Authority’s space standards to benchmark good practice. The initiative is part of wider work by the RIBA in this field, including its HomeWise campaign to improve new build housing and its Home Season events which explore the past, present and future of the home.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Conversations on Glasgow

The Glasgow Urban Lab at the Mackintosh School of Architecture has just published a report by Professor Ann Markusen on Glasgow's past, present and future, which looks at some key issues including health, the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, and the arts and culture. The online report, 'Conversations on Glasgow' is a result of Professor Markusen's tenure at the Lab as Fulbright Distinguished Chair during the 2010/11 academic year.  

Thursday, February 09, 2012

V!RUS e-journal

V!RUS is a free e-journal published by the Architecture and Urbanism Department of the University of San Paolo, Brazil. Living up to its name, it's on a rather migraine-inducing website, but appears to cover a diverse range of theoretical topics in a variety of digital formats. Six issues of the journal are currently available.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Historic Scotland: Sharing the Vision

Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel is hosting a free public exhibition on Wednesday 29 February in conjunction with the annual Historic Scotland conference. The exhibition, 'Sharing the Vision', will highlight Historic Scotland's contribution to economic growth, tourism, sustainable development and regeneration. The work of departments including Conservation, Commercial and Tourism, Policy and Outreach, Heritage Management and Finance will be highlighted, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

RIBA Sustainability Hub

The RIBA has created this Hub to to provide a free, central internet resource on all aspects of sustainable design in architecture. It includes Design Strategy pages which offer an introduction to techniques, materials and practices; Case Study pages which explain how these strategies were incorporated; and Sustainability Hub Shorts: short films designed to connect theory into practice.