Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Brits who built the Modern World

Check out  this TV series currently showing on BBC4 and available on the iPlayer: The Brits who built the Modern World, a series of documentaries investigating architects from the 60s through to the 90s and their various influences on the built environment.

The BBC have teamed up with the Open University to offer a short interactive course Building Stories related to some of the architects as well as some free MOOCs  on the theme of Design, Design Thinking and people-centred designing which anyone can sign up to and work their way in 10 - 28hrs depending on the course. All these OU resources are available here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New e-Book: Buildings, culture and environment

We're happy to announce the library has purchased a new e-Book for Architecture called Buildings, Culture and Environment thanks to the suggest for purchase function which features in our catalogue.

As some of you might know, we have populated the catalogue with e-Books which we believe would be of interest to our students. If you come across on of those, you have the option to Preview the book for 5 minutes and if you think it is of interest to your studies, you can Suggest it for Purchase and the librarians will then okay your request. This allows us to make sure that the e-Books we purchase are of relevance to our students and allows you to gets access to a book usually within 24 hrs of making the request.

Buildings, Culture and Environment, edited by Raymond J Cole:

With accelerating change towards globalisation, the efficacy of design solutions not embedded within regional culture has been prone to failure - technically, socially and economically. Environmental problems and questions surrounding how to achieve a sustainable built environment are now posing urgent challenges to built environment practitioners and researcher. However, international cooperation in setting targets and standards as well as an increasing exchange of environmental information and practices present designers, clients and occupants with new problems that comprise local needs and the built environment. This book addresses the role regional culture play in the successful (or otherwise) process of exchanging and adapting environmental practices and standards in the built environment. Using the specific case of the design of environmentally sound buildings, the book identifies a number of issues from different perspectives: The conflict between regionally appropriate environmental building practices within a global technical and economic context. How human, social and cultural expectations limit technological advances and performance improvements. To what extent information on environmentally progressive buildings can be transferred across cultures without compromising regional and local practices. Which ideas travel successfully between regions - generic principles, specific ideas or specific solutions? How the idea of regional identity is being redefined as the process of globalisation both widens and accelerates.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New online Video Tutorials for learning software

Great news! GSA now subscribes to, an online tutorial library, which covers a vast range of softwares and techy information. With these online tutorials, you can teach yourself anything from Rhino to Audacity to Setting up a Raspberry Pi! You can download exercise files and work through each module at your own pace. New courses are added every month so the courses keep up with the latest software updates.

Access to this resource is available off-campus at using your institutional login. Click here to see the full range of subjects covered.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Post-War Architecture: a BBC Archives Collection

The BBC have released a new collection of TV programs from their archives under the title Post-War Architecture. The collection features 22 programs and documentaries broadcast between 1969 and 2014 on the subject of post-1945 architecture and its current legacy.

The collection features an introduction by former architecture student and present day newspaper columnist Janet Street-Porter and could be used as a great resource for any student researching that era of modern architecture.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Culture Show: Lego - The Building Blocks of Architecture

If you haven't watched it already, you'll want to watch this week's edition of the culture show on LEGO and its influence on architecture. The show features interviews with architect Bjarke Ingels on his designs for building created in LEGO and with artist Olafur Eliasson on his public art project with the citizens of Tirana in Albania.

Catch it on BBC iPlayer, or make an Off-Air Recording Request, if you think it should be added to the collection.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

New E-book available: The Eyes of the Skin

We're delighted to inform all our students that this ever popular book by Juhani Pallasmaa, The eyes of the skin: architecture and the senses is now available to read as an E-Book!

Whenever possible, if a book is proving very popular and its many copies are always out on loan with lots of reservations, we try to find it as an e-book to make it available to all the students. All e-books are available on Dawson Era and you can access them via the link listed on their catalogue entry. You will need to use your institutional login to access any e-books off campus. 
If any other books are proving equally popular and over-subscribed, you can make a purchase suggestion and we'll look into whether it is available and we can purchase it as an e-book.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Sensing Spaces, new exhibition

The Royal Academy of Art is putting on at the moment a fantastic exhibition with a group of 7 architects or architecture firms exploring new notions of space and place. Find out more about the architects commissioned for this exhibition here. The exhibition aims to give the spectactors a chance to examine and re-imagine their relationship with space and as such invites the audience to sit, climb, touch and fully embrace the experience.

Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Kéré Architecture

Installation by Li Xiaodong

The exhibition runs in London until the 6th of April. Find out more about it here.