Monday, October 29, 2012

Foundations for a New Future in Housing

Hot off the press, the Future Homes Commission have released the findings of a year-long national inquiry into the quality of newly built housing in the UK. 'Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs' calls for more investment into high-quality architectural design to help drive the recovery of the housing crisis and increase the well-being of British homeowners. The report proposes the UK can be lifted out of recession, thousands of new jobs generated and the housing shortage problem solved by a complete overhaul of the way new housing development is funded, built and marketed. RIBA, who launched the inquiry in September 2011, are supportive of the Commission's proposals for income to be generated from within local authority government to finance a three-fold increase needed in new home constructions. The focus on good design for the future with consideration to the needs of the homeowner is a central aspect of the pioneering report which is freely available as a pdf document via the RIBA website. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Patrick Keiller on BFI Screenonline

A synopsis of the life and works of one time architect turned film-maker Patrick Keiller is available from the British Film Institute's Screenonline encyclopedia which enables researchers to digitally browse the collections of the BFI National Archive for film and television footage. It is possible to watch several clips from Keiller's topographical film collection, each of which shows the film-maker's preoccupation with the architecture and urban environment of the English landscape. His themes are politically militant, centering as they do around the Britain's capitalist culture and the architectural malaise that this has caused for the industrial homelands located in the North and the Midlands when compared to thriving urban developments. GSA library stock a couple of Keiller's feature length works: 'Robinson in Space' (1996) and 'Robinson  in Ruins' (2010) can both be found in the DVD collection at the Main Library, numbered 2045 and 2047 respectively.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The latest Journal Table of Contents (TOCs)

JournalTOCs sponsored by Heriot-Watt University, pulls together a database of Table of Contents (TOCs) from 20,263 scholarly journals and provides a convenient point of access to search these TOCs.
As well as providing comprehensive lists of the most highly regarded journals, the latest published research from some 1282 publishers is also searchable online with the aim of providing alerts to researchers when new issues of academic publications are about to be published. Even if you’re not a researcher or academic, these publications can still be useful to identify likely future trends, or how technology or an idea is being implemented. You can also learn the names of researchers and where the research is taking place. 
A substantial number of these publications are open access so the full text is quickly and directly accessible online for free. GSA subscribe to the relevant art and design, and architecture journals.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Glasgow Commonwealth Arena Opens

Glasgow City Council opened its sports facilities at the Glasgow Commonwealth Arena to the public this month as work is completed on the connecting sports arena and velodrome ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The building designed by 3DReid architects houses two distinct arenas connected by office space. A brief overview of the design can be viewed on the architect's site as well as information on 3DReid's corpus of work in a wide range of sectors including retail, hotels, health, education and airport facilities:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


One of the most widely read architecture blogs in the industry, BLDG Blog comments on a myriad of topics with no fixed itinerary other than to simply cover what is deemed to be interesting. The varied post headings should spark off curiosity in the content: "Garage Warfare", "Gossamer Systems" and "Caves of Nottingham" are among October's blogs. An assortment of topics to inspire anyone interested in architecture and the built urban environment.

Monday, October 15, 2012

RIBA 2012 Architecture Award Winner

The Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) has awarded the best European building designed in Britain to Stanton Williams Architects for Cambridge University's Sainsbury Laboratory. The prestigious Stirling Prize is one of the highest accolades in British architecture. The 2012 shortlist can be viewed at the link as well as the back catalogue of previous years' winners.

Friday, October 12, 2012



CONTEMPORIST, as this modestly written blog states, is a celebration of contemporary culture focused on architecture, design, art and travel. The emphasis here is on lavish visuals with the blog publishing one large picture of some avant-garde piece of design each day. An important stream of news on innovative building design is readily available by visiting the link .

Thursday, October 11, 2012

PLEA Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings for PLEA 'Passive and Low Energy Architecture' are available through the organisation's website including an overview into what is planned for this year's annual international conference in Lima between 7th and 9th November. An online search facility will enable you to browse information on sustainable architecture and urban design published as part of the previous twenty-seven conference proceedings. A section dedicated to the best PLEA posters may also catch the eye of any ardent designer.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Top of the Blogs...?

The Dezeen blog was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly to become one of the most popular and influential architecture and design blogs on the internet. The blog provides a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world and is a must-read for any architecture student. (

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

New e-book on architectural colour

We've just added a new e-book to library stock. 'Architectural Colour in the Professional Palette' looks at how particular contemporary architects use colour confidently and intelligently as an integral part of their design philosophy, in conjunction with their choices of materials and finishes. You can search for this book on the GSA library catalogue and follow the link to the electronic copy. You'll need your MyGSA log-in to read it.