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Architecture, Town Planning and Garden Design in the Arts Library


Subject Areas Covered

To make it easier to locate material, the library uses the Dewey Classification system. This groups together subjects using a numbering system. The subject numbers for architecture, town planning and garden design are :-

710 Civic and Landscape Art
711 Town and Country Planning
712 Landscape Architecture/Garden Design
713 Design of Urban space
714 Water features
720-724 History of Archectiture
725 Public Structures
726 Religious Structures
727 Educational Buildings
728 Residential Buildings
729 Design and Decoration

Specialist Material

The Library has a great range of specialist collections. One that may be of interest is Exhibition Catalogues. Arts, Languages and Literature has a comprehensive collection of catalogues covering art, architecture, photographic and design exhibitions. They can be a source of information that can not be located anywhere else.

Arts, Languages and Literature has a collection of The Pevsner Architectural Guides, which were begun in 1951 by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83) with the aim of providing an up-to-date portable guide to the most significant buildings in every part of the country, suitable for both general reader and specialist. Each volume provides an introductory overview of the architecture of the area, followed by a descriptive gazetteer arranged alphabetically by place. Whilst cathedrals and their furnishings, great country houses and their parks form the grand set pieces, the books demonstrate the enjoyable diversity of architecture in the British Isles in accounts of rural churches and farmsteads, Victorian public buildings and industrial monuments.

Other sources of information include

Biography and Information Files Card Index - journals and newspapers articles are indexed for relevant articles.


As well as book material the section takes a range of journalscovering a variety of subjects. The following are the architecture, town planning and garden design journals currently being taken.


Access by Design
Architect's Journal
Architectural Design
Architectural History Newsletter
and Journal
Architectural Review
Architectural Record
RIBA Journal

Town Planning:

Town and Country Planning

Garden History:

Garden History
Garden History Society Newsletter

Related Journals:

The Science Library on Floor 5 take journals relating to building, surveying and garderning including The Builder and Building.

Websites: Architecture, Planning & Gardens

We have compiled a list of web-sites pertinent to the subjects covered in Arts, Languages and Literature Section. For reasons of space our choices are very selective. We believe the sites chosen will be useful, reflecting the questions regularly posed by our users.

The list cannot hope to be definitive. We will listen to what people have to say about the chosen sites. We will consider recommendations, and may phase out sites, which are not used or superseded.



Information on architecture, architects and The Royal Institute of British Architects.


All aspects of architecture for the purpose of education.


Architectural web-site. Documents buildings and leading architects. Includes 3D models, images, drawings, bibliographies and links.


Web-site of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, New York.


Index to famous architects and all aspects of architecture.


SAVE the conservation group which campaigns publicly for endangered historic buildings. The site includes a register of buildings at risk home and abroad, publications, news, joining procedure.


The National Monuments Record, English Heritage's public archive. Includes a picture library of public buildings and aerial photographs.


The Royal Town Planning Institute is the chartered body for professional town planners in the UK. The site has many links, including library search, planning advice, publications and policy notes.


Open University site covering developments in the Modern Movement of architecture. Contains illustrated links to buildings and architects, styles such as Postmodernism


Institute of Historic Building Conservation is the principal body in the UK representing professionals and specialists involved in historic environment conservation.

Town Planning


Useful sites about planning.


Government created site providing links to planning information.


Website Urban Design Group.


Website of the Town and Country Planning Association.


Resource for Urban Design Information. Includes useful booklists.


The Urban Design Alliance. Includes lists of projects and events.


Academy for Sustainable Communities - the skills and knowledge arm of the body responsible for increasing the supply of affordable housing in this country and ensuring both new and existing communities are sustainable, well-designed and prosperous.


The Civic Trust is an independent, national organisation with charitable status. It is the umbrella body for over 750 Civic Societies, representing over 250,000 individuals committed to improving and caring for places where people live and work.

Green Spaces and Garden Design


The BBC's website on how to design your garden.


Garden Design UK is for garden design advice, garden designers, garden design
courses, colleges, garden events and garden sculpture.


UK gardening resource library from landscape designers to timber decking.


A registered charity which works to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals.


The Royal Horticultural Society is now the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

Further Information

Because it is difficult to breakdown subjects into discrete areas there is some overlap with subjects held on other floors of the Central Library.

Information relating to building, surveying and horticulture can be found in the Science Library.

The majority of the material held in the Central Library is for use in the Libraryonly. The exceptions are the Central Lending Library, Music Services, Centre for the Child and the Learning Centre.

You can use the online Library Catalogue to help you locate material. Some items published before 1973 or that are in the collections may not be listed in the online catalogue.

Most of the current material is available for browsing on the shelves in the Arts, Languages and Literature section on Floor 3 of Birmingham Central Library.

To consult certain particularly rare or valuable items you will need to book an appointment.

All our staff are pleased to help you with your enquiry which can be made in person, via telephone, fax, e-mail or letter. It is always advisable to contact us before you make a special journey.

Please note We are not responsible for the content of other organisations' websites.

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