Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vernacular architecture bibliography

The Vernacular Architecture Group has made its 'Bibliography of vernacular architecture' freely available online. The bibliography comprises 11,000 references from a wide variety of sources.  It can either be browsed by subject area, or searched by keyword, author and geographic region, journal or any combination of these.

Monday, March 26, 2012

E-books from Springer

We've added several dozen more architecture e-books from the well-respected German publisher Springer. Titles include:
  • Manhattan skyscrapers (Nash)
  • Exit-architecture: design between war and peace (Truby)
  • Resilience of cities to terrorist and other threats (Pasman)
  • Visions of heaven: the dome in European architecture (Stephenson)
  • Conceptions of the desirable: what cities ought to know about the future (Pearson)
Full details are on the SpringerLink website and the GSA Library catalogue.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


The Archizines website is a digital showcase of new architecture fanzines, journals and magazines from around the world that provide an independent alternative to the established architectural press. Its expanding archive covers a wide variety of publications from the past 10 or so years, while the zines themselves have recently been transferred to the National Art Library at the V&A Museum.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ferrari Museum by Future Systems

The online magazine and blog Dezeen has a good description of the new Enzo Ferrari motor museum in Modena, Italy, designed by Future Systems. As well as text and photographs, there are a number of plans and sections of the curving, glass-fronted structure; these are particularly useful given that the printed architectural journals are yet to feature this building in any detail.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wylie Shanks Architects 1912-2012

Nice to see that this long-lived Glasgow architectural practice is celebrating its centenary with the publication of an illustrated online booklet which charts its history, and profiles some of the individuals behind its achievements. It includes some good photographs and a useful timeline of events.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Network Rail's Virtual Archive

Network Rail, which has responsibility for the UK's railway infrastructure, has just launched online access to some of its extensive archive of engineering and architectural drawings, many of which date back to the very earliest days of railway construction. The high-quality images include some of the UK's best-known bridges and stations, and the database is searchable and includes a timeline.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

More ebooks in the Library

Here are some further architecture titles that are now available electronically on and off-campus with a MyGSA password:
  • Architect's pocket book (Baden-Powell)
  • Public places, urban spaces (Carmona)
  • Construction technology (Chudley)
  • Constructing architecture (Deplazes)
  • Whose public space? (Madanipour)



Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Where we used to live

A new website of historical maps, hosted by the University of Portsmouth, has been launched and is freely available online. It provides access to 60,000 maps from around the world, and enables a particular place to be selected and relevant maps viewed, in some cases back to medieval times. The site incorporates the collections of the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Czech Republic's Moravian Library, and the David Rumsey Collection in California. It is hoped that the size of the collection will double by the end of the year.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

New e-books in the Library

The following books are now available electronically to GSA all staff and students. They can be read both on- and off-campus using a MyGSA account; details are on the Library's online catalogue:
  • The architect's studio companion (Allen)

  • Rethinking the meaning of place (Castello)
  • Building construction illustrated (Ching)
  • Building construction handbook (Chudley)
  • Sustainable renovation (Gelfand)
  • Sustainable urban neighbourhood (Rudlin)