The UK's oldest architecture magazine has been sold as part of a re-organisation by its Glasgow-based publishers, to concentrate more on reporting the marketing and media worlds and holding award ceremonies.
Urban Realm – recent winner of the Magazine of the Year title at the Scottish Magazine Awards – has been sold to its deputy editor, John Glenday, and sales director, Kasia Katarzyna, by the Carnyx Group, publishers of The Drum magazine.
Founded in 1922 as Prospect, Urban Realm was relaunched last year under then editor Gordon Young. It is a quarterly magazine and the deal includes www.urbanrealm.co.uk, the Scottish Architecture Annual and the well-known Carbuncle Awards – which seeks to identify the most dismal towns in Scotland each year.
Details of the price are not being revealed.
Young moves to edit The Drum, taking over from Richard Draycott, who is to head the Carnyx's Marketing Industry Network, described by the company as “an association that shares knowledge across the marketing industry”.
As well as The Drum and its website, Carnyx runs a range of awards; including the Scottish Design Awards and the DADIs (Drum Awards for the Digital Industries), The Recommended Agency Register; an organisation that matches clients with the right marketing services provider.
Says Glenday: “It is 89 years since Urban Realm – then known as Prospect – first began to tame the urban jungle, but these latest changes illustrate how the magazine remains as valid to today’s audience as it did to those in 1922.”
The next issue is out next month.