One 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.
Posts Tagged ‘architecture’
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.
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.
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The book looks at restructuring outdated postwar campuses and establishing new university and commercial districts.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.