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    The right to great design: taking (community-led) action

    By Katherine Horsham Conversation at the recent Glass-House event in London seemed to quickly conclude we do have the right to great design. It’s even enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human rights (Article 25). But when we started discussing how this right is enacted and what responsibility different actors should take to get there, […]

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    Guest post: The right to great design (Bristol)

    By Sarah James With great design, comes great responsibility Imagine you were designing a space for someone you love. How different would it look like and feel compared to the many faceless, large scale regeneration interventions we currently circumnavigate and even avoid lingering in? Is it a human, fundamental right to live in well-designed spaces […]

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  • Sheffield People on Place 2017

    Guest post: The right to great design (Sheffield)

    By Leo Care Democratising Design With its socialist political roots, it is perhaps no surprise that a conversation about great design in Sheffield should be focused on people and the social impact of design. Early on, the discussion touched on the importance of creating places and spaces that bring people together, support core human needs, […]

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    Guest post: The right to great design (Edinburgh)

    By Eric Dawson Why don’t we have quality places?
 What is great design?
 What makes your heart sink or sing? These, and other prompts, stimulated an open conversation as part of the 2017 Architecture Fringe. Facilitated by Sophia de Sousa from The Glass-House Community Led Design, a diverse audience explored how people and organisations can […]

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  • Workshop with Age UK Enfield 2016

    A glimpse of future possibilities for dementia care design

    By Stephen Smith Our recent workshop with Age UK in Enfield was a whistle-stop review, an inspiring tour and also a glance to the future possibilities – all wrapped into a busy morning. It once again confirmed the advantages of getting everyone around the table early in the design process to think through the objectives […]

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  • Stories from practice: The power and practicalities of participative architecture

    We are always keen to hear how independent practitioners are supporting and engaging with community-led and collaborative design projects in their work and to share some of their experiences and reflections with our audience. In this think piece, architect Alex Coppock of Communion Architects shares his organisation’s approach to working with communities and how a […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? Think piece #3

    Designing material infrastructures to facilitate common belonging By Toby Austin Locke and Lawrence Dodd What does it mean to belong, and how are feelings of belonging recreated and shared? Particularly in anthropological traditions, which form a part of both our backgrounds, social and cultural belonging has been a central question. The boundaries of the social […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? Think piece #2

    By Joanna Massie Place: from a shared stake to shared responsibility What makes a sense of place – and how do you empower everybody in a community to feel proud of, and able to contribute to, where they live and work? And how do you build this sense of place, through strategic interventions – and […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? Think piece #1

    By Dr Noha Nasser Place attachment and collective identity Public spaces are a fundamental feature of cities and urban culture; centres of civic life where people encounter each other, socialise, exchange goods and have face-to-face interactions. The quality, functionality and accessibility of public spaces in a city are commonly perceived to be a measure of […]

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  • Place: a shared responsibility? Think piece #3

    By Dr Andrew King A call for collaboration and sustainable relationships I find myself immediately drawn towards the topic of working better together. Individuals and communities pulling together, working with a range of organisations involved in the natural and built environment, to create and maintain spaces and places. This is not just a nice idea […]

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