Thursday, February 26, 2009

Detail Magazine

I decided this week that I wanted to look at 'Detail' magazine.
This is what the magazines web page says

"DETAIL is an international magazine dedicated to architecture and construction details. Each issue focuses on a particular aspect of design, such as constructing with concrete, roof structures, renovations, etc. Emphasis is placed on presenting designs in great detail, and complementing these with drawings in practical scales and superb photographs that illustrate real world examples from near and far. DETAIL Concept, published bi-annually, delves in-depth into the entire construction process. "

DETAIL is also the name of the publishing house, the Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. This was founded in 1961 and is based in Munich, Germany. The editorial department here publishes the following three high-class volumes targeted at architects:

DETAIL, available in over 80 countries, is published in five languages:

  • DETAIL in German & English as a bilingual version with a translation supplement in French, Italian, and Russian. This appears 10 times annually.
  • DETAIL ENGLISH – a fully translated version that appears 6 times a year
  • DETAIL SPANISH – 5 issues per year
  • DETAIL CHINESE – 6 issues per year
  • DETAIL JAPANESE - 6 issues per year

DETAIL not only publishes the magazine and technical books, it also offers a host of online services, such as:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Seattle Architects

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner's book 'Shaping Seattle Architecture: a Historical Guide to the Architects'
NA735 S45 S53 1998

made me more aware of the architect names in Seattle.

Caroline Swope's book 'Classic Houses of Seattle' NA7238 S4 S94 has a nice chapter on researching your homes history.

Friday, February 20, 2009

FERPA in the Library

From time to time in an academic library we are reminded of FERPA. The family educational rights and privacy act) Students own the copyright to their academic work, and must give permission before sample papers are placed on reserve in the library.

Here is a link to more information about FERPA from the University of Washington home page.

New book shelf observation

I was chatting with one of our regular library patrons yesterday in front of the new book shelf - and he commented that the architecture library really reflects the diversity of built environments....on the new book shelf this week we have both books like this -

Author Kunz, Martin Nicholas.
Title Best designed hotel pools : indooor & outdoor, contemporary minimalistic, rooftop, natural curves / Martin Nicholas Kunz.

TH4763 .K78 2004

and this -

Yücesoy, Eda Ünlü.

Title Everyday urban public space : Turkish immigrant women's perspective / Eda Ünlü Yücesoy.
Pub Info Apeldoorn : Het Spinhuis, c2006.

HT145.N4 Y83 2006

Thursday, February 19, 2009

RIBA - My latest acronym

I found out that RIBA stands for the Royal Institute of British Architects. The architecture library has many titles from RIBA, as well as their journal.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Design

Many books in the architecture library refer to LEED. This stands for 'Leadership in Energy and Design. '
Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry:

LEED was created to accomplish the following:

  • Define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement
  • Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
  • Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
  • Stimulate green competition
  • Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
  • Transform the building market

Friday, February 13, 2009

Images of America Series

Lately I have been noticing more and more books from this series. This quote is on the back covers of each of the books - "Using archival photographs, each title presents the distictive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. "

I have looked at titles about the early Ballard neighborhood, Fredrick and Nelson - the department store of my childhood, and a book about 'Vanishing Seattle'.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pattern Books

I always thought of patterns as something connected to sewing. Today I learned that pattern books have a long history in the architecture field. Here is a link to a Washington Post article on pattern books.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Getting to know my great aunt

My grandfathers sister Jennie Korsnes Hartmann was a volunteer for the University of Washington Special Collections. Seven boxes of her papers are now located in the archives there. I recently looked at two of them. It was fascinating to read her reflections of going to Seattle's fifth avenue theater when it was new, and of her explorations of Vancouver British Columbia in the 1920s. She had a strong interest in people, and also recorded interviews with Norse Home residents. I intend to do more exploring of her papers. It is helpful before going to the archives to look online before arriving. You may not take anything into the reading area. Staff will ask you to fill out paperwork explaining your project.

Architectural Drawings in Special Collections

With this database you can search architectural drawings held by the University of Washington Special Collections.

I found it interesting to explore - entering names of architects that I had heard of, place names, or streets.