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    New Year’s resolutions for housing

    In recent weeks, various stories and statistics in the press have evidenced that tackling our housing crisis is not as simple as just building as many new houses as we can, as quickly as we can. The housing crisis has emerged from a complex combination of socio-economic trends that have come together to find us […]

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    The Glass-House response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

    Much has been said and written about the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in the last few days. As a nation we have been profoundly moved, saddened and angered, by the scale of the disaster and by the loss of life. We have also seen people in our communities respond quickly to need, coming together to […]

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    Get inspired by Alder Hey in the Park

    I recently visited Alder Hey in the Park, a new children’s hospital in Liverpool, and was hugely impressed by their new complex and by their approach to using design to reimagine what a hospital can be. An award winner shares their learning As a member of the judging panel on the Civic Voice Design Awards, […]

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    Helping groups to rediscover their buildings through design training

    Sometimes, when a community-based organisation is looking after a building, the challenges of the everyday can be overwhelming. This is particularly true when the building must cater to a variety of different needs and users and when it is in need of refurbishment. When the heritage of the building is significant as well, this adds […]

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    A clear vision and great design at St Michael and All Angels

    One of the elements of our Empowering Design Practices project is to visit places of worship that have made physical changes to their building, and to speak to those involved about the process and impact of those changes. We want to learn from their experience to help others, and to consider the roles of design […]

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    We must be ambitious and dare to dream about the ideal: Dreaming Utopias in Bow

    When people are asked to consider the future of their place, most often it is through a consultation exercise to inform local services or local development. Consultation practice is guided by the principles of setting clear parameters and managing expectations. Working with our Strategic Partner, the Open University, we were keen to explore what would […]

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    Triggering conversations about place: workshop at Paragon

    Place is all around us. We interact with it both consciously and not. Our senses and emotions fire messages to our brain and as they reach it, they can make our heart sink or sing. This was the starting point for a workshop introducing placemaking to a group of residents working with Paragon,  an affordable […]

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    Delivering Homes Differently: Understanding community-led housing in high demand urban areas

    On 16 March 2016, the day that George Osbourne made a budget announcement of £60 million pounds for community-led housing, we brought together community activists, designers, funders, academics, local authorities, housing associations, developers and policy advisors to explore the current landscape for community led housing in high demand urban areas. Here are some of the […]

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    Celebrate great design in your area: Civic Voice Design Awards

    The Civic Voice Design Awards 2016 are now open for applications and I would strongly encourage communities across England to apply. I have the honour of being on the judging panel for the Awards, for the second year in a row. Like others, this awards scheme celebrates the quality of design, development and conservation of […]

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    People, place and policy: our evidence to the House of Lords

    On 11 November, I gave oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, on behalf of The Glass-House, which followed our written submission in September to their Call for Evidence (you can watch a recording of that day’s session on Parliamentlive.tv). The Call for Evidence issued by […]

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