8 Jun 2011
Submitted by Jaina Tochia
The Glass-House and partner organisations are holding a series of lively and informative events all exploring the built environment from various perspectives. Below is a bitesize overview of each one with link to book your place.
The Glass-House and Architecture Centre Network (ACN):
Community Engagement: Quality Design or Design Compromise?
A debate which discusses and explores the different approaches to ensuring design quality, and the importance of listening to responding to the community voice. There will be presentations from:
- The Glass-House
- The Building Exploratory
- The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment
with a chance to discuss key points and raise your queries after the presentations.
Where: The Gallery, 77 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EL
When: Tuesday 21 June 2011
Time: Refreshments from 6.30pm, debate 7-8pm
Cost: £5/£3 for students inc a glass of wine
More info: Event flyer
A Planning in London Conference in association with The Glass-House
Community and Planning, The New Relationship
Communities are being empowered to shape and direct the future of their neighbourhoods. How will property and built environment professionals, local authorities work with communities to achieve the best outcomes?
This special one-day conference is designed to create opportunities for debate and discussion about how communities and professionals can engage collaboratively with neighbourhood planning, to create new Neighbourhood Plans.
Join us to debate the key issues with developers, architects, planners, local government authorities, politicians and community organisations.
Where: The Royal College of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
When: Thursday 7 July 2011
Time: 8.30 to 5.30pm with evening drinks reception
Cost: Standard ticket price £239.00 + VAT
NEW: If you are part of a community group/ organisation cost per person £20.00
More info: Programme
The Glass-House and Design Council CABE
Design Planning Workshop - Community Engagement
The Localism Bill presents a new role for urban planners as facilitators of neighbourhood plans. This half-day workshop will highlight the challenges and opportunities for planners and communities to prioritise design in the new planning system. The session will discuss the links to core strategies as well as local practical projects. Speakers will present a series of approaches to community planning through inspiring case studies. A practical exercise will help you develop a new approach to talking to local communities about the value of good design in the context of neighbourhood plans.
The workshop will be an opportunity for you to question our expert panel, who have years of experience on community planning projects. We will also encourage you to discuss your experiences with other local authorities, to discuss common problems and solutions.
- Paul Watson – Paul, Strategic Director for Regeneration and Development
- Shankari Raj – Shankari is a community activist from Bristol
- Sophia de Sousa – Sophia, Chief Executive of The Glass-House
Where: Design Council CABE, 34 Bow Street, London WC2E 7DL
When: Wednesday 13 July 2011
Who: Local authority planners
Time: 10am-1pm followed by lunch
More info and to book: Design in Planning booking info and booking
7 Jun 2011
Submitted by Hannah Gibbs
This week, Maja and I worked with Bacton Low Rise Tenants and Residents’ Association whose homes are facing demolition in Camden, London. We have been supporting them in developing a design brief for their new homes and plans for the next stage of the process. Over two days, together with our independent Enabler, John Burrell, we explained design briefs and the design team selection process, giving the group the chance to discuss and unpick these processes. The group also created mood boards to build up a picture of their ideal homes and brainstormed questions to help them select their future design team.
Renegade Pictures are filming a Channel 4 series called 'The Secrets of Buildings' presented by architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff. This series will have three parts based on Work, Home and Play and will focus on how buildings affect the way we feel. Maja was filmed with the group during some of the workshops to explore possible layouts for their new homes. Tom also spent some time asking Bacton Low Rise TRA about their experiences and why they wanted to be involved in the design of their new homes – we felt their replies confirmed all our convictions that residents have an important role to play in the design process of a regeneration project.
At The Glass-House we believe our built environment has a huge impact on our quality of life and we are pleased to find out that what we have been championing is being explored and made available to a wider audience. We are really excited to be involved in the documentary and it’s a great opportunity for the Tenants and Residents’ Association to showcase the hard work they’ve been doing. The series should be aired in October this year, but we’ll be sure to post an update nearer the time.
3 Jun 2011
Submitted by Rebecca Maguire
Great news! The Glass-House and Bureau – Design + Research (a research unit within the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield) have been successful in securing an Arts and Humanities Research Council (www.ahrc.ac.uk) funded Collaborative Doctoral Award. The topic of this research will be community led design. It will investigate, within the context of community involvement in the design process across the UK and Europe, the practice and projects of The Glass-House since its inception.
- funds the UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of approx. £14k for one person to undertake a 3 year PhD
- both the University of Sheffield and The Glass-House will oversee the research collaboratively
What we are looking for:
A person with a passion for community inclusion in the design process. The candidate could come from a range of fields – you might be a sociologist, an architect, urban designer, a cultural geographer, or have other knowledge and experience.
You will be creative and passionate about the future, as well as the history and impact of, community led design, and feel that this is the right time for you to commit to the research over the next couple of years
Now more than ever, with the ‘Localism’ Bill currently going through parliament, communities are potentially being given the opportunity to play an active role in the physical and social regeneration of their neighbourhoods. However, far too many development and regeneration projects still fail to really include the community or develop an effective brief that draws on the aspirations and potential of local people.
It is now well recognised that allowing the public to have a say in the shaping of their environment leads not only to better physical outcomes, but also to empowered communities that are active in enlivening and managing their regenerated places and spaces. Indirect benefits can also include increased employability, improved physical and mental health and more cohesive communities. Surprisingly, very little study into this field has been undertaken at this level.
The collaborating partners are keen that the research should produce a tangible resource to support design practitioners in their work with communities, as well as informing future policy and practice.
If you are interested in applying for the PhD studentship please apply via the Postgraduate Application Form at http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply and mention in your application that you wish to apply for this project.
Applicants must be UK or EU citizens and be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Further information on eligibility requirements is available from the AHRC website (Annex A): http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/GuidetoStudentFunding.pdf
If you have further questions about the area of research, please contact:
Prue Chiles at the University of Sheffield +44 (0)114 222 0312 email@example.com
Rebecca Maguire at the Glass-House t: +44 (0)20 7490 4583 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications 15th July with interviews at the end of July, with a view to beginning the studentship on 1st October.
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