Monday, April 30, 2012

Architecture and Design Scotland’s Materials Library

Explore a range of sustainable materials in Architecture and Design Scotland’s newly launched Materials Library – Material Considerations.
A brand new materials library offering visitors a chance to explore and analyse a wide range of sustainable building materials has been opened by Architecture and Design Scotland on Level 2 of The Lighthouse, Glasgow. The purpose of the library is to showcase sustainable, traditional and emerging low carbon building products in general and to promote and encourage innovation in construction in Scotland using indigenous resources. Supported by the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Government, it will give clients, architects, builders and students an opportunity to get hands on with a wide range of sustainable, traditional and emerging low carbon building materials - from slate through to sheep's wool - while learning more about each material's sustainability credentials.
The free library is now open to the public and is open Monday - Saturday 10:30-17:00 and no appointment is necessary. You can find it on Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA)

The TRADA trade association is a long-established centre of excellence on the specification and use of timber and wood products. I was reminded yesterday that even for non-members, a considerable quantity of useful design and detail information is freely available to download from the 'library' part of their website, following a simple registration process.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Melvyn Bragg on ‘De Architectura’

BBC Radio 4’s ‘In our time’ recently featured a 45-minute discussion on Vitruvius’ ‘De Architectura’, the only surviving work on architecture from the ancient world. Melvyn Bragg and guests, including architectural historian Robert Tavernor, offer some fascinating context for the original manuscript, and look at its ‘rediscovery’ during the Renaissance and continuing appeal to architects today.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Award-Winning InfosmART Portfolio Released by Glasgow School of Art Library

The Glasgow School of Art Library’s award-winning InfosmART portfolio is now freely available to the UK’s art and design communities, following Innovation and Development funding from the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC.
InfosmART is the Glasgow School of Art Library’s portfolio of online interactive modules in information and research skills, specifically designed for creative practitioners. It has been produced for the learning, teaching and research communities in art, design and architecture, and helps artists and designers to develop and improve their research capabilities and information handling, at either undergraduate, postgraduate or research levels. It does this through an easy-to-follow 5-step programme: Define, Find, Evaluate, Cite and Use.
In 2010, InfosmART was recognised at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, where its development team was named Outstanding Library Team of the Year. In 2011, its lead developer was named Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year for his work on the resource.
InfosmART was developed in-house by the Library of Glasgow School of Art. It has now been released for free non-commercial use and adaptation under Creative Commons licensing at

Rehousing the American dream

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has invited five teams of architects, planners, ecologists, engineers and landscape designers to develop proposals for housing that would open new routes through the mortgage-foreclosure crisis that continues to afflict the suburbs of the US. The results of the teams' ideas for new models of housing, not only of its physical form but of the systems of infrastructure and finance that support it, can be viewed on the MoMA website.