23.5 ARCLIB 2017 Marketplace overview

Birkhauser stall:
Anita Joice

This stall was very visually engaging. It featured e-books, as well as copies of new publications from Birkhauser. A laptop was also on hand to demonstrate the Birkhauser Building Types Online database, which is a large international collection of contemporary buildings from previously published Birkhäuser publications, with a focus on floor plans and sectional drawings, many of which are vector-based.

The large selection of books on display enabled the ARCLIB delegates to evaluate some of the newest publications on offer, plus the Birkhuaser rep Anita Joice ad some stationery goodies on offer too.


(Text and photo: Leo Clarey)


(Birkhauser raffle winners photo: David Stacey)

Student-led publications stall:
Lis Wallace, University of Bath

This stall displayed publications which were the result of students’ work. These were entitled as follows:

  • Lobby, by the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)
  • Made at the WSA (ISSN 1742-416X), by Cardiff University
  • Paperspace (ISSN 2058-9301), by University of Bath – The University of Bath, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Perspecta (ISSN 0079 0958), by School of Architecture and Design, Yale (USA)
  • Scroope (ISSN 0966-1026), by University of Cambridge

Having a stall which promoted the work of students shows that there is a large amount of creative output in terms of students’ work. Seeing these books brought the wide range of student work to life, and serves as a reminder that it is not solely the work of the architects and designers which should receive noted attention. The publications themselves are very well presented, and would be a good addition to the acquisitions of art and design libraries.

(Text and photo: Leo Clarey)

In a materials world stall:
Sherene King, of Middlesex University

The Middlesex University Market stall showcased the Samples Collection held by the university’s Sheppard Library in its ‘Materials Room’, and included a poster with images of the collection in use, a Z card that is used to promote the collection and a handout with further information that was provided for ARCLIB members. Sherene, who is the Interior Architecture and Interior Design librarian, was on hand to answer any questions.

The use of materials was a noted feature at the 2017 ARCLIB Conference, and Sherene’s stall demonstrated the practical use that materials libraries have for students and staff alike, following the presentation on materials libraries which was made by Carla Marchesan (Librarian at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts) during the conference. Sherene also included a copy of her article that was published in ‘Draft 3’ of Middlesex University’s in-house Interiors magazine entitled – How does it feel?, which highlights the need for physical engagement with materials.


(Text: Leo Clarey and Sherene King. Photos: Leo Clarey)

Trend books stall:
Sharon Laverick, of Leicester De Montfort University

This stall featured books focusing on trends, and highlighted the interplay between fashion and architecture, demonstrating how some designers have been influenced by fashion. It was interesting to see how some of the language from both disciplines are exchangeable, and highlighted that what are usually viewed as two separate disciplines, i.e. architecture and fashion, have shared elements, language used and historic trends.

Sharon Laverick (Assistant Librarian at De Monfort University Library) brought along a selection of Design Trend books that are used at De Montfort University, which have samples, sketches, colours, and imagery to illustrate four trends which are predicted for two years hence. These publications are very expensive packages bought in for fashion students but are also of interest and relevance to other design disciplines.

(Text: Leo Clarey and Sharon Laverick. Poster: Sharon Laverick, Photo: Leo Clarey)

World Microfilms Publications Ltd. (Pidgeon Digital) stall
Hosted by Lucian Palmer and Laura Margolis

This stall showcased the Pidgeon Digital and Masters of Architecture databases. The former is a web-based digital collection of audio-visual talks and interviews of leading architects and designers working in the field of the built environment, dating from 1955 to the present. In terms of the user’s experience there is an easy-to-use search bar and tile view on the home page. The database’s collection can also be viewed by subject, architect, location, or building.

The latter is an ongoing series of colour images from Pidgeon Digital and World Microfilms, which highlight the work of architects, and also the range of architecturally-related subjects. There are approximately seven thousand images on the Masters of Architecture. Further images will be added in the future, while the purchasing of a DVD with the images is also an option. Lucian Palmer, the Director of World Microfilms Publications Ltd. and Laura Margolis, the Administrative Coordinator, were on hand to explain how both databases would appeal to students of design courses, and also suggested that interested institutions are invited to take up a 30-day trial.

(Text: Leo Clarey, Posters: Laura Margolis)

(Marketplace in full swing, photo: David Stacey)

Review article by Leo Clarey, London College of Communication Library

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