Urban Realm reports on the built environment ramifications of COP26, from net-zero school designs to a zero-carbon, circular house design and a bid to retrofit public spaces as offices a new consensus is emerging to wean us off concrete. Can architects learn to be more humble in working with rather than against nature?
- The Lawns
We revisit a later-period Gillespie Kidd & Coia halls of residence at the University of Hull, the seed for a photo essay of the practice's work framing a broader discussion of the adaptive re-use of vacant buildings and the challenge of post-Covid education settings.
- St James Centre
You've heard all the toilet humour but what's the reality of the largest development witnessed in Edinburgh for a generation? With the most inauspicious launch background imaginable is the centre outdated already?
The New Year delivers a fresh summary of the state of play in architecture with a look at the projects and practices taking us out of lockdown on a more sustainable footing. We thank and rank with our latest in-depth survey.
- Cove Park
A curvilinear timber lattice outdoor classroom in Argyll has the ambitious task of sparking root and branch reform of construction by reseeding a lost temperate rainforest. We look at how timber technology has been stretched to its limits.
- Esteem House
Completion of the Esteem House at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai, marks the culmination of a multi-year odyssey by a student team from Heriot-Watt University. We conclude our coverage with a look at how real-world performance matches up to expectations.
Fresh from COP26 Urban TRealm explores the longer-term ramifications for the built environment with the Scottish Ecological Design Association as it helms a series of build, solar and land initiatives designed to turn words into action.