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: Play as engagement and communication

We're happy to announce the library has purchased a new e-Book for Art and Design called Play as Engagement and Communication 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.

Play as Engagement and Communication by Eva Nwokah:

This multidisciplinary and varied perspective on play continues the stimulating and informative volumes in the Play and Culture Studies series. The primary focus of the papers in this volume is to reflect on the close relationship between play and the process of engaging and communicating with others in different contexts.

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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Artists and Archive: Artist Moving Image at the BBC

One to watch out for... The BBC have selected 6 artists to carry out a residency delving into their archives and taking inspiration from them to create new works of art. The artists selected are as follows: Kate Davis, Kathryn Elkin, Luke Fowler, Torsten Lauschmann, Alia Sayed and Stephen Sutcliffe.
It's a truly fantastic cast which reflects well on Glasgow and the talent it attracts as all 6 artists either come from, live and work in Glasgow or studied at the Glasgow School of Art! One of the artists, Kate Davis, currently teaches at the art school!

Artists and Archive: Artist Moving Image at the BBC

The result of these residencies will be six new moving image works to be hosted online at and around the country. We sure can't wait to see what they come up with!

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-Resource available: The Photographic Youth Music & Culture Archive

The GSA Library has just started a new trial of an online image databank called The Photographic Youth Music & Culture Archive. This could be a great visual resource for any student working on a project or essay linked with Youth or Music culture. It features an Interactive Youth Culture Timeline, which helps map out all the cultural trends which have evolved over the years. The collection of images spans from the 40s through to the present day and you can also find links to essays, interviews and relevant webzines.

This trial will last for 1 year, so we urge students to make the most of it as decisions about continuing with this resource will be based on the stats gathered during this trial. You can access the resource directly via the catalogue, or you can find it online at Full access to the resources will be granted via institutional login on the Education page.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Design Fiction as design process...

In their article "Patently untrue: fleshy defibrillators and synchronised baseball are changing the future", Wired Magazine puts forward the concept of using fiction as a tool for design. They define the concept of design fiction as follows: "Design fiction is the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change." This rather complicated definition translates as the purposeful use of fiction narratives to imagine other possible worlds and design items in response. Indeed, if we suspend our disbelief, then design doesn't need to be limited to waht's available or possible in theis world at this point in time, but can instead help create solutions for future times or other places which are still to come in existence and through that lens provide concepts which might also operate today.

Examples of Design Fictions:

Agatha Haines's project, Circumventive Organs, 
is a collection of imagined bioprinted organs, such as this fleshy defibrillator

The Infinite Souvenir, by Bertrand Clerc, which is a 
"speculative product, designed and marketed by the nuclear industry"

What does Martian wine taste like? Carlos Monleon-Gendall aims to 
recreate the geophysical characteristics of the terroir

If this concept catches your interest, read the full article here.