Monday, December 16, 2013

Tate Britain's critically acclaimed facelift

As some of you may know, Caruso St. John was put in charge of transforming the oldest part of Tate Britain, the iconic Grade II* listed Millbank building. The renovations have now been unveiled and after the votes were cast, we can happily say that it got an overall positive reception. Check out the results below:

To read more feedback from the architecture crowd, read this article in ArchDaily, which put together a critical round-up taking into consideration all the aspects of the renovation.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Taking gingerbread to whole new heights...

Check out these amazing structures recently completed for display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami by food artists and photographers Caitlin Lewin and Henry Hargreaves. The level of detail and the sense of illusion are simply fantastic and in black and white you nearly couldn't tell that all these building are, of course, completely edible...

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves food candy architecture

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The building of Crossrail – in pictures

As some of you may know, London is currently building a whole new line for the Underground, the Crossrail line running from Buckinghamshire to Essex and cutting straight across London. The Guardian has shared photos of the construction as it develops and the project seems so otherworldly, it might as well be taking place on Mars!

You can find more photos here and to find out more about the project itself, follow this link

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Feast your eyes on the "World's most Exquisite Libraries"

Yes, it's true, we have library envy again... But who could blame us, when you think of the chance to study and read in one these gorgeous libraries:

All these libraries are featured in the book The Library: A World History by James Campbell and Will Pryce. CNN have just released an online showreel where the authors take us on a virtual journey through some of their favourites

You'll be happy to hear that the book is available in our lending collection (shelfmark 727.8/CAM) and that it features our very own Mackintosh Library! 

Not so envious now, hey?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Metaphysics of Concrete

Concrete has always been a contentious material for architects, environmentalists and the people who live within its structures. Watch below a fascinating lecture by the University College London, reflecting on the rise of concrete in the building industry and its uses and politics in the present day.

UCL make all of their Lunch Time Lectures available to watch online. They span a broad and interesting range of topics. Follow this link to find out more.

Monday, December 02, 2013

F*** Yeah Cartography!

To start off the week, we have an exciting new Tumblr blog to share with you: F*** Yeah Cartography! This site is a real treasure trove of maps and map-related materials. They have historical maps, scientific maps, maps used in the fashion industry, hurricane defense maps, maps repurposed for artworks and so much more!


A 1779 Italian map of Jamaica by Antonio Zatta
Via a now-dead website
A 1779 Italian map of Jamaica by Antonio Zatta

Lactose Intolerance Map

Cut and Contoured Map Portrait by Ed Fairburn


Signed by George R.R. Martin
Signed by George R.R. Martin

To find out more about this blog, check it out here. All you mapping addicts will love it!

Friday, November 29, 2013

ARLIS/NA now have a blog

The Architecture Section of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) now have a blog! 

The blog is still in its infancy, so there are only 3 posts there at present, however we expect it will become a very useful resource in the future, so visit it here and add it to your list of blogs to keep an eye on.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

OpenStreetMap Demonstrations at the CCA

OpenStreetMap are organising some demos for this week-end on the 1st of December as part of the Electron Club Open Day at the CCA, upstairs on the 1st Floor at Saramago. Go and check them out and find out more about how to use this open source mapping tool and how to start editing it.

To find out more about it, watch this YouTube video on Mapping Glasgow, made by the local OpenStreetMap branch:

Follow this link, to find out more about all the other events held at the CCA for the Electron Club Open Day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Revealing the hidden depths of buildings

Street artist 1010 has been re-imagining the hidden depths of the fabric of our buildings, revealing fun and colourful effects.

Surprising Layers of Color Revealed on Urban Walls  street art

Abyss_05  30x40cm

The work shows a real sense of playfulness, but also a little challenge to the architect profession... Will they rise to the challenge?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MacMag 39 are online!

For anyone who doesn't know, MacMag is the School of architecture's long-running yearly magazine, which is edited every year by a new group of Diploma students, with the end-product counting towards their dissertation. This year's group, working on MacMag 39 are approaching the topic with two clear angles.

First of all, they're taking inspiration from the opening of the new Reid Building and setting their theme this year as "Then and Now", which has led them to delve into the Library's collection of back issues of MacMag, going back to its very beginnings:

Secondly, they're intent on increasing the Magazine's online presence, which is why you can now follow their progress online at, on Twitter as @MacMag39 and on Facebook. give them your support and you'll be rewarded when they publish their shiny new magazine in time for degree show!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Online resource for images of buildings in Glasgow have been going round our fair city and document some of the better known and the less well-known buildings. All their images are carefully indexed along with some basic information about each building. It's a great resource for discovering new interesting parts of the city. Check out their website here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Weird and the Wonderful using Google Streetview

Check these amazing photos from the Tumblr blog Oessa, who goes about searching Google Streetview for weird and wonderful sights then posts them online with the coordinates.

Japanese Macaques bathing in hot springs. +36° 43’ 57.30”, +138° 27’ 43.49”

+18° 16’ 56.74”, -100° 26’ 53.89”
+18° 16’ 56.74”, -100° 26’ 53.89'

The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center   +22° 45’ 26.44”, +120° 26’ 23.07”
The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center   +22° 45’ 26.44”, +120° 26’ 23.07”

+22° 17’ 40.65”, +114° 10’ 7.28” 
+22° 17’ 40.65”, +114° 10’ 7.28” 

You can find the online blog here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Richard Meier's collages

Check out below the beautiful and colourful collages produced by Richard Meier in his private time.

Very much at odds with his public architectural creations, Richard Meier uncovered recently to a group of students his private collages for the very first time. This private activity has been an integral part of his creative process as an architect and sheds new light into his practice. Read the full article here to find out more.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A new online resource for Art in Healthcare Practitioners

The National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing has set up a website to provide an introduction to the impact the arts can have on health and wellbeing. Click here to access it.

The National Alliance is made up of organisations from each region of England. Many of these organisations have their own websites with information about arts in health in that area. Several of the organisations distribute regular free newsletters with details of opportunities in arts in health, training and other news and developments.
The website holds resources for Research, Practical advice and Funding sources. A real gem for anyone interested in this sector.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Möbius ring-inspired bridge to be built in China

Architect Company NEXT from Amsterdam, Netherlands, got the first prize in an international competition in Meixi Lake besides Changsha capital of Hunan province in China. NEXT designed a very unusual bridge that is more than just a connection between two banks.
The bridge is the key project for the development of the public space of the river park with recreational, ecological and touristic program. “The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring,” states architect Michel Schreinemachers. “On the other hand it refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art,” adds John van de Water.

For the Changsha Bridge, NEXT proposed a structure made out of a corroded steel, which has a reddish colour.  The 6.5 million square metre city development has been designed from scratch by architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and centres around a manmade lake. Within Meixi is found an area called Dragon King Harbour River. It is here where Next’s bridge will be built. The pedestrian bridge is 150 metres across and 24 metres high, spanning the river via a number of different spaghetti-esque pathways at different heights.The brief was quite specific about the number of layers required of the bridge. "The pathway had to connect on either side of the river, two roads on either side and to two higher locations (a small hill on one side and a sports park on the other)," explained Next co-founder Bart Reuser.

Here is a better graphic to explain the meaning behind bridge:
Because China lives in a world where they can build anything by yesterday, we often get to see a lot of architectural miscues and all around building hilariousness. This isn't one of them. This one's actually awesome.The Möbius strip or Möbius band  is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being non-orientable. It can be realized as a ruled surface. This is what makes the bridge so interesting. Some people have even said it looks alien-like!

The Impossible Stair
Above,is the path design in the bridge for pedestrians.The colour and design of the bridge will make it a lot more appealing to the younger audience too.
Here is what the bridge should look like when it is lit up at night.


Now we've been chosen it will be a big challenge to keep the design alive the way it is," adds Reuser, NEXT co-founder ,"but the prospects are pretty good."

Construction begins in 2014.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carnegie, the Man behind the Libraries...

The Scottish Parliament are currently holding an exciting exhibition on Andrew Carnegie, patron saint of libraries and renowned philanthropist. This unique exhibition will bring together significant loans from museum and archive collections in the United States and UK and from the many organisations worldwide founded by Carnegie, helping trace the full extent of his generous legacy.

The exhibition is free, open Monday to Saturday, until the 25th of January 2014. To find out more, click here.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

New ebook available for Architecture

Now available as an ebook, the GSA Library is happy to announce the acquisition of Shape as Memory: A Geometric Theory of Architecture.

How do buildings store information and experience in their shape and form? Michael Leyton has attracted considerable attention with his interpretation of geometrical form as a medium for the storage of information and memory. In this publication, he draws specific conclusions for the field of architecture and construction, attaching fundamental importance to the complex relationship between symmetry and asymmetry.

Wherever possible, GSA Library is trying to champion the acquisition of ebooks, which means that multiple students can access these key texts at the same time, with no due back dates or fine systems. Students can access ebooks directly through the book's catalogue entry, by clicking on the Dawson Era hyperlink, which will take them straight through. When accessing an ebook off-campus, you will be required to enter your GSA login and password. 

Happy reading!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

My dream doll house...

If you were to create your dream house, what better way to start playing around with the layout than by designing a dolls house? Twenty of the world's best architects and designers have been commissioned to design a dolls house which will be auctioned off to raise money for the charity KIDS, a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

Participating architects and designers include: Adjaye Associates, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, AMODELS, Coffey Architects, Dexter Moren, DRDH Architects, dRMM, Duggan Morris Architects, FAT Architecture, Glenn Howells Architects, Guy Hollaway Architects, HLM Architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, mae, Make Architects, Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, shedkm, Studio Egret West and Zaha Hadid Architects.

To find out more about this event and to see close ups of each design, visit e-Architect's original blog post here.