Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Know Your Place

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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PLACE are organising free digital training workshops exploring built heritage in Belfast. The workshops are being organised in four different centres around Belfast during March 2014. To see more about this interesting scheme, visit the PLACE Blog and register for free.

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New Visual Concrete Video Added to NBS TV

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

NBS TV, the online video resource servicing many aspects of the built environment, have added a new video to their collection.

Part of the Design and Specification topic area, Visual Concrete will be of benefit to architects, structural engineers, project managers and construction specialists who wish to understand how concrete can be used on walls, columns, slabs and ceilings as a specified architectural finish.

Using many examples on which he has advised, including the Stirling Prize-winning Sainsbury Laboratory, concrete expert David Bennett of David Bennett Associates talks us through the essentials including how to draw up a specification and how to ensure that the desired finish is achieved.

To access NBS TV, which contains hundreds of useful videos, log into the University Portal and follow the instructions here.

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BIM Demystified

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

bimOne of the hot topics in construction at the moment is BIM – Building Information Modelling. We have a number of books in stock in the Library on this topic – see here for example. As always, another good place to look for material in this area is Construction Information Service.  This database of full-text documents is added to each week, and one of the new items in the latest update is BIM Demystified by Steve Race, published by RIBA in 2012. The full text of this book can be downloaded from anywhere by staff and students of the University of Ulster, by logging into the University Portal. If you need any help accessing this resource, or any other electronic resources, please do not hesitate to contact your library subject team.

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RIBA President’s Medal Exhibition at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

A touring exhibition of student work submitted for the RIBA President’s Medal is on show in the foyer of the University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast Campus during July. The exhibition showcases undergraduate and postgraduate student work from Schools of Architecture across the UK and internationally.

Admission is free and the exhibition is open to the public from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

The exhibition has been organised by Dr Taina Rikala of the University of Ulster in collaboration with John-Paul Nunes, Head of Education Projects, RIBA.

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Campus and the City

Monday, May 13th, 2013

A recent acquisition in the Library is a book called Campus and the City, edited by Kerstin Hoeger and Kees Christiaanse. The book is written by renowned experts, who present and comment on current trends in campus design world­wide. Details of thirty campuses – greenfield, inner-city, high-tech and corporate – shed light on possible future trends and on how these relate to the urban context.

The book looks at restructuring outdated postwar campuses and establishing new university and commercial districts. In addition, corporations and academic institutions alike are increasingly seeking strategies capable of encouraging innovation and synergy in their research centres, often drawing on the existing potential of their surroundings. This volume addresses important aspects of new conceptions of the campus – ranging from forms of spatial organisation that promote internal knowledge transfer and social interaction, to different types of urban design strategies aimed at creating sustainable centres of knowledge and learning that are responsive to society’s ever changing demands.

These are all issues which will be of interest to those involved in the Greater Belfast Development.  In fact, according to the blog UrbanIQ, “this book is a must-read for anyone involved in campus (re) development”. UrbanIQ also contains information and support on a project (EUniversities) which aims to increase the amount of co-operation between cities and universitities in Europe. The book is available  in Jordanstown Library, more details here.

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Nanotechnology in architecture

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

An interesting new video has been added to NBS TV this week. Significant uses of nanotechnology have surfaced in the last few years with applications for architectural design and the construction of built environments. Nanotechnology in architecture has a look at some of these developments. Registration is required to view the video.

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New Videos in NBS TV

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

New videos have ben added in to NBS TV recently, including the following titles:

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RIBA Guide to Sustainability in Practice

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

On Tuesday 20 March, the Royal Institute of British Architects launched an invaluable new sustainability guide for architects. The RIBA Guide to Sustainability in Practice, written by architect and sustainability expert Lynne Sullivan OBE, is the latest tool in a range of measures the RIBA has delivered in its commitment to supporting the architecture profession and wider built environment industry to meet the UK’s carbon reduction goals.

The NBS have a short video about this new publication which you can view here, and you can download the Guide for free from here.

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Owen Hatherley presents film screening and lecture in Belfast

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Architecture, urbanism and politics writer Owen Hatherley visits Belfast on Sun 22nd and Mon 23rd January for a film screening at QFT and a free lecture at the University of Ulster.

Owen will introduce and discuss Patrick Keiller’s experimental documentary The Dilapidated Dwelling, showing at Queen’s Film Theatre, Sun 22 Jan, at 3.30pm. The cost is £6.20 (£5.70 online) / £5 unwaged / £4 full-time students & children.

He will also give a lecture entitled A New Kind of Bleak , at the Conor Lecture Theatre in the University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus on Mon 23 Jan at 1 pm. All are welcome to the lecture, free admission.

For more details please see the PlaceNI blog.

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Art Abstracts and Art Full Text – new search interface

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Art Abstracts and Art Full text database is now available only via the EBSCO search interface. An online and paper guide will be available shortly.

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