Urban Realm’s winter edition ushers in the New Year
January 5 2016
Whilst the UR100 absorbed most of our time this winter it is by no means all that we’ve been up to, as we look ahead to the Festival of Architecture. This is a window of opportunity not just for the profession to showcase itself at its best but to lay its problems bare. It is disappointing therefore that the RIAS seem intent on pulling the curtains over the latter.
When it comes to problems there are none bigger than Britain’s housing crisis, demanding some equally big solutions, as we found out during the Scottish Civic Trust annual conference.
Elsewhere we document success in a variety of watery guises; from the riverfront bombast of Michael Laird Architects and Reiach & Hall’s Riverside Campus for City of Glasgow College, to Brown & Brown’s surreptitious Portsoy Boatbuilding Centre.
Meanwhile that black sheep of UK cities, Stoke-on-Trent, is the subject of John Lord’s latest walkabout. With six separate centres and none the amorphous city has long struggled to keep pace with more singular competition –but should we just let it die?
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