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  • Charettes
    Since Andres Duany first parachuted into Scotland to kick-off the charrettes programme back in 2010 church halls up and down the country have been a hot bed of map defacing, passion, and argument. But with cynicism amongst many locals rife, not to mention concern amongst some architects at the short-term nature of the process, are they more than mere talking shops? To find out Urban Realm sat in on a round table discussion with three consultants who have led the most recent charrette to have been published, Elgin.
  • Housing Crisis
    The words housing and crisis have become inextricably linked over the past decade in the UK as supply shortages exacerbate growing demand. Sadly the response to this has been a wall vacillation, equivocation and procrastination. Into this unpromising context stepped the Scottish Civic Trust who dedicated their annual conference to tackling the question: “How can we provide quality, well-built, sustainable and affordable homes without adversely impacting on communities?”
  • Festival of Architecture
    2016 may have only just gotten started bit it is already being hailed by the Royal Incorporation of Architects (RIAS) as the most ambitious national celebration of the built environment ever to be undertaken by a single country. This audacious claim centres on the Festival of Architecture, a series of over 400 events and activities curated by RIAS which will take place over the coming 12 months to mark 2016's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
  • University of Glasgow
    A major reorganisation of Glasgow's hospital provision is set to deliver tangential benefits for the west end through the transfer of services from the Western Infirmary to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan, opening up the land it sits on for much needed expansion of The University of Glasgow, which is currently going through the master planning process for a 'transformational' campus extension that has the ability to be as big as the university's original move to the west end in 1870. It is a project which is big enough to reshape not only the university but the entire west end of the city and with that in mind Urban Realm caught up with Ann Allen, development director at the University of Glasgow, to find out more.
  • Portsoy
    Life has always been hard in the Aberdeenshire fishing village of Portsoy, a remote northeast community where the going is now much easier following the establishment of the annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in 1994. Now firmly established it draws 15,000 people to this town of just 1,752, drawn by the gathering of boats from around the world, principally northern Europe.
  • Scott Sutherland School As Robert Gordon University's brand new £16m Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & the Built Environment opens its doors Urban Realm pokes around the purpose-built studios, workshops and labs to see how they compare to the school's previous cramped Victorian manor.
  • Riverside Campus
    One of the largest further education estates developments in Europe has been asserting its growing dominance on the Glasgow skyline for months now, a presence which has now solidified with the arrival of 40,000 students from around the globe and 5,000 staff setting up shop within City of Glasgow College's recently completed riverside campus. But will the enhanced prestige afforded by its buildings be in itself enough to serve as a recruiting sergeant for the college in an increasingly competitive sector? Urban Realm paid a visit to the campus, designed in a joint venture by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach & Hall, to find out.
  • Ballantine Bo'ness
    Mark Chalmers takes a look around the Ballantine Bo'ness iron foundry to witness at first hand the results of a boom in architectural castings.
  • Stoke-on-Trent
    The Staffordshire city of Stoke-on-Trent may lack a heart but it does not lack heart for that. Centre of Britain's pottery industry Stoke has struggled to gel into a cohesive whole or amount to anything greater than the sum of its disparate parts. Here Yellowbook's John Lord pounds its streets in a vain search for diamonds amidst the rough.
  • UR100
    Urban Realm ushers in the New Year with an exhaustive snapshot of the architecture industry that ranks those 100 practices which have done most to reshape the physical make-up of Scotland. Through a series of profiles and interviews it leaves no brick unturned.
    Report sponsored by: Highland, Kingspan Insulation and Wireframe 3d

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