Urban Realm Volume 13.54

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Urban Realm fires up for the summer as we mark the hottest projects of the year with the Scottish Design Awards. The celebration of creativity was equal parts raucous, loud and inspirational and we convey a portion of that experience here with a recap of all the winners.

Similarly, we return for our in-depth look at the world of landscape architecture where a recruitment crisis threatens to apply the breaks on recent progress. We speak to those in the know to see how it can be put right.

Out on the road we travel south to visit Eyemouth Pavilions, a nautically inspired harbourfront addition that aims to ensure the town isn’t left all at sea amidst a rapidly changing economic landscape. The adoption of National Planning Framework 4 provides the meat of this issue as we explore the ramifications of radical reductions in carbon emissions on future development and infrastructure.

Hopefully, our coverage inspires confidence that a continued winning streak can solve these challenges.


  • Allander Leisure Centre
    A new breed of leisure centre encompassing adult day care services promises to provide a one-stop shop for health and wellbeing. We tour Allander Leisure Centre to find out how inclusivity can unite communities.
  • Hydro Power
    Mark Chalmers looks at the 80th anniversary of the Hydro Board through the prism of the Tummel/ Garry Hydro scheme in Perthshire - from a design point of view and the process of commissioning it from the people involved.
  • Scottish Design Awards
    Urban Realm brings you all the action from The Scottish Design Awards as we bring you all the key award people, practices and projects that make 2023 a year to remember.
  • Landscape Architecture
    We move the earth to bring you our regular look at the world of landscape architecture to espouse the placemaking principles which are changing the very nature of our green spaces.
  • National Planning Framework
    Leslie Howson comments on the emerging issues and contradictions inherent to the new National Planning Framework (NPF4), a long term spatial plan to 2050 which sets out where development and infrastructure is required to support sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • Eyemouth Harbour
    The ambitious regeneration of Eyemouth's Old Fish Market spurs the interest of Urban Realm as we look at how a contemporary reimagining of traditional fishing huts has made a Borders village the centre of attention.
  • Acanthus Dundee
    We bring you the key takeaways from Acanthus Dundee, a two-day conference drawing together projects as varied as an on-off comic centre to the precarious future of HMS Unicorn.
  • Artificial Intelligence
    The rapid ascent of artificial intelligence is sparking fear and awe in equal measure but what is its impact on creativity? Andy Pennington, managing director at Float Digital, asks whether architects and visualisers risk being sidelined.

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