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    How can American Pragmatism support community led design?

    Recently, as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Bridging the Gap research project, we participated in workshops at Keele University and the New Vic Theatre, exploring bridging the gap between academic theory and community reality and applying an American Pragmatist approach to do this. What exactly is American Pragmatism?  In a nutshell, the complex philosophical […]

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    Gateshead community building is our first Hosted Study Tour

    Two weeks ago, on Friday 10 May we visited sustainable building project The Davidson Building, home of Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for the first of our Hosted Study Tours, a new peer mentoring activity to enable Glass-House beneficiaries (and clients) to showcase their achievements while supporting other groups in their community led design journey. […]

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    Visioning Sustainable Places during Green Sky Thinking week

    As part of Open City’s ‘Green Sky Thinking’ week (15-19 April), we ran a breakfast workshop ‘People, Place and Value: Visioning Sustainable Places’ at the distinctive 3 Space Hub, at Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars.  ‘Mapping Sustainable London’ was the theme for Green Sky Thinking 2013 and our workshop explored how we can collaborate to develop […]

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    Exploring the role of churches in communities in East Yorkshire

    Last Friday we met with ten clergy members at their retreat house near Skipton in the snowy picturesque Yorkshire Dales to explore with the group the role of churches in communities, as well as different stakeholder roles and values in placemaking. The East Yorkshire deanery geographic area spans a mix of rural, semi-rural, suburban and […]

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  • Glass-House Enablers Vera Hale and Liz Kessler

    Enabler dialogues: ‘How can design create/enable places of value?’

    Glass-House Enablers Vera Hale and Liz Kessler attended our first Enabler Dialogue session at our office in November to discuss ‘How can design create/enable places of value?’ The session’s question came out of the Glasgow debate where Christopher Rowe, Church of Scotland minister and resident of Glasgow, responded to the question ‘How can great places […]

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    “People have a lot of assets that they don’t realise they have”

    “People have a lot of assets that they don’t realise they have.” – Sophia de Sousa Last week we took part in the Open University’s Valuing Community Led Design workshop, a research project in which The Glass-House is a partner. The participants were a mix of community group representatives, professionals and academics all interested in, […]

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  • Frozen in time at Cathays Community Centre

    Cathays & Central Youth and Community Project

    Last week we travelled to Cardiff to provide project support to Cathays & Central Youth & Community Project, a group who want to transform their community centre and maximise use of the whole site, some of which is vacant or not fit for purpose. While exploring the community centre with the group we were delighted […]

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    Build Your Neighbourhood: how people, place and value interact

    “The essence of good places comes out in what we do.” – Meredith Evans, formerly Corporate Director, Telford and Wrekin Council   The recent National Conference on Urban Design (18-20 October 2012) was run by the Urban Design Group and Oxford Brookes University.  The conference attendees were a mix of Built Environment Practitioners, Developers, House-builders, […]

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    The Secret History of Our Streets

    Over June and July the BBC aired ‘The Secret History of Our Streets’ series that was co-produced with the Open University.  The series explored the changes that have taken place in London since Charles Booth recorded the city’s social conditions in 1886, and focused on the unique histories of six streets: Caledonian Road (in the […]

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