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  • Neighbourhood Watch
    Rapidly evolving attitudes to society and our physical environment have been laid bare by recent events but how will this govern the evolution of our surroundings in the years ahead? Alistair Scott, founder of Smith Scott Mullan Associates offers up some thoughts from the hood.
  • Faithlie Centre
    The fishing port of Fraserburgh finds itself as the focal point of an ambitious townscape regeneration scheme in a visible show of faith in the future from Aberdeenshire Council. At the heart of this plan is a revitalised council headquarters from Moxon Architects which looks to the future while acknowledging the past.
  • The Egg Shed
    Oliver Chapman Architects have fashioned a striking heritage and community centre on the shores of Loch Gilp within the shell of a former transit shed. Can it put the Crinan Canal back on the map and transform the fortunes of Ardrishaig in the process?
  • Landscape Architecture
    Urban Realm returns to assess the lie of the land in our regular look at the best practices and projects which have shaped our environment for the better at a time when outdoor space has never been more vital to the health and wellbeing of us all.
  • The Third Dimension
    In this second urban realm article on computer-aided design (CAD) technology, Leslie Howson calls for wider use of 3D modelling within the Scottish planning system. Is it now time for local authorities to encourage and even to mandate for 3D modelling in the planning process to a greater extent than is the case at present?
  • Sustainable Living
    While priorities have necessarily shifted in recent months the climate crisis hasn't gone away. Marie de Bryas takes a breath following the postponement of the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow to look at the carbon impact of construction across the UK and Europe.
  • Brick Revival
    A brick resurgence has seen this most versatile of construction materials strengthen its position as the default specification for new builds but how is the industry keeping pace with modern demands for sustainability? Mark Chalmers investigates.
  • Linocut
    The art of linocut printmaking has long found favour among artists and its idealised graphics are now being harnessed to showcase Modernist architecture in a new light at the hands of artist Paul Catherall. We examine how a stylised medium is shifting attitudes and perceptions of Coventry.
  • Covid Diaries
    Self-isolation has shattered old habits at a stroke but has also opened up new opportunities as established norms cease to function. In this environment, necessity proves itself to be the mother of invention as we see how architects are responding to the twin economic and social challenges in style.
  • Egyptian Halls
    A timely competition by the Alexander Thomson Society to reimagine Glasgow's Egyptian Halls has caught the public zeitgeist with a dramatic vision to fashion a Museum of Slavery within the A-listed landmark. Could this be the opportunity to save the building which we've all been waiting for?

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