Urban Realm Volume 11.47

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As everyday life resumes, Urban Realm explores roadmaps to a post-pandemic recovery from projects as diverse as The Great Tapestry of Scotland Gallery in Galashiels to The Fruitmarket Gallery and a pop-up platform for architecture, carbon and the environment.

Join us as Urban Realm maps out the issues that matter in a world where wellness trumps the 9-to-5 grind.   


  • Scottish Design Awards
    The Scottish Design Awards are back with a fresh batch of winners and commended. Relive the moment with Urban Realm as we bring all the category heavyweights together for one celebratory special feature that encapsulates a landmark year.
  • Towering Achievement
    Aberdeen's tower blocks have always risen above the competition but do their recent listing by HES spell success or trouble? Mark Chalmers investigates a looming conflict between the heritage body and the city council.
  • Student Housing
    What does the future hold for student housing amid a pivot to online learning? We look at how communal living must evolve to meet the needs of a fast-evolving sector and whether a long-running boom has now run its course.
  • SpACE
    Ahead of the looming Cop26 climate conference this November a pop-up architecture and carbon platform promises to build a broad construction coalition for change, by drawing together the development, heritage and public sectors in common purpose. Urban Realm caught up with Rab Bennetts, chair of the working group behind the plan, to find out more.
  • Big Noise
    In a world where those who shout loudest are the first to be heard, a grassroots music charity is hitting all the right notes with a low key yard reclamation project. Urban Realm speaks to the group of enterprising students behind the build to see how a discordant space has been made to sit in harmony with its surroundings.
  • Engineering Report
    We investigate the role engineers can play in helping to build back better, looking at the projects, people and practices which can underpin a healthier society for us all.
  • Visualisation
    Visualisation artists have long played second fiddle to frontline designers and even photographers but now a new breed of proponents are pushing the industry out of the back office and into the limelight.
  • Placemaking
    Leslie Howson takes a detailed look at the mounting pressures local authorities are finding themselves under to deliver more housing, much of it in the form of large new estates. Is the rush for volume compromising quality?
  • Fruitmarket
    As Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery opens its doors following a £4.3m overhaul at the hands of Reiach & Hall Architects we look at the creative force unleashed through an embrace of the light and dark side of design.

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