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Dismaland and protest define Urban Realm's autumn edition

October 16 2015

Dismaland and protest define Urban Realm's autumn edition
Summer was a washout so leave it to the autumn edition of Urban Realm magazine to shed light on the issues that matter; from an unexpected revival of Britain’s seaside holiday resorts to the power of public spaces to shape protest movements.

Several of our faded resort towns may have presumed to have left their best days behind them but are springing back to life amidst a groundswell of hipster fueled enthusiasm for irony and the kitsch. We explore the likes of Banksy’s droll Dismaland theme park in Weston-Super-Mare to Wayne Hemingway’s sublime re-imagination of Margate’s Dreamland to see the effects on the ground.

The Power of Place is further emphasised by our report looking at the scenes of iconic protests such as Istanbul’s Gezi Park and the Occupy protests which rocked London, can public space shape and stoke public opinion?

With schools now back we also take a look at the role of education in meeting growing manpower needs, as industry looks to collaborate with schools and government to enthuse a new generation with a career in construction.

We also cast an eye over the engineering profession in the latest of our industry reports, examining some of the biggest achievements of the sector over the past twelve months.

Last but not least forum regular Big Chantelle steps out from behind the digital curtain. Her pronouncements speak at once for everyone and no-one but will her own identity finally be revealed? Grab your copy to find out!


Where are the parklets?
#1 Posted by Where are the parklets? on 17 Oct 2015 at 10:02 AM
Was the decision to let Big Chantelle "write" an article taken to further embarrass the Scottish Architecture community, or just a simple error?
#2 Posted by Chris on 17 Oct 2015 at 12:45 PM
Agree. Stooping pretty low troll writing a feature. What next? UR wouldn't mind if it was funny
neil mcclymont
#3 Posted by neil mcclymont on 17 Oct 2015 at 12:54 PM
Will her identity be revealed? Does anyone give a damn?
Frank Lloyd Wrong
#4 Posted by Frank Lloyd Wrong on 18 Oct 2015 at 22:04 PM
UR - Resorting to using tabloid-esque tactics with the use of a forum troll to peddle sales and whip up hype for the later issue.

As for the identity of this Big Chantelle character, and using it as a draw for architecture enthusiasts. Really? Is this what it's become? Is this one of the most important topics facing us today? At all newsworthy?

I don't know what's more pathetic, the fact that UR use him/her as a way to bump sales, or the fact that it in all probability will work.
boaby wan
#5 Posted by boaby wan on 19 Oct 2015 at 09:35 AM
Seriously, Big Chantelle has written something for the print version?!
the mind boggles - at least the print copy gives the opportunity for an appropriate response...
(doubles as loo roll)
#6 Posted by Alf on 19 Oct 2015 at 10:10 AM
BC is probably someone from the UR office anyway.
John Glenday
#7 Posted by John Glenday on 19 Oct 2015 at 11:36 AM
Urban Realm is home to a variety of voices from all spectrums of opinion. This may be an extreme case but is no less valid for that. The piece itself was framed in an irreverent and tongue-in-cheek manner, a tone I think appropriate to the subject.
The Bairn
#8 Posted by The Bairn on 19 Oct 2015 at 15:17 PM
May be this is just a ruse to flush out the real Big Chantelle.
I heard that she was a 4 foot 11 inch balding slim girl with a speech impediment who actually hails from Airdrie!!
Don't ask me about my sources as I cannot confirm nor deny any further information.

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