• Layers of Community: Design Training Sheffield 2018

    By Myra Stuart Examples of how local communities are the experts abounded at our latest Design Training workshop, while a Buddha in a belfry showed us the importance of considering the multiple levels of what community can be and the ways in which communication can be paramount. New to The Glass-House, I was part of […]

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  • Bow Study Tour: Reinventing Places of Worship

    By Grace Crannis Unlocking community gems in the heart of London.  The latest Study Tour event organised by the Empowering Design Practices (EDP) research project on the 22nd August, was an inspirational opportunity to explore the potential for community-led design to enhance and reimagine historic places of worship. Through site visits to three unique places […]

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  • EDP Design Training Manchester 2017

    Learning about and exploring the potential of design – EDP Design Training in Manchester

    On 20th and 21st June, our Empowering Design Practices project ran a two-day Design Training course (based on Buildings by Design, the longstanding course developed by The Glass-House) to support three groups who look after a historic place of worship to develop their design skills and knowledge and explore the potential of their buildings. The groups […]

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  • Tidworth Mums: Unearth Hidden Assets

    Driving change through collaboration: celebrating International Women’s Day 2017

    Today, Wednesday 8 March, people, organisations and networks around the world are celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 and its theme ‘Be bold for change’ – driving the greatest change for women through purposeful collaboration. To celebrate this day at our women-led organisation, we want to highlight the story of a group of young women we collaborated […]

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  • Helping groups rediscover their buildings through design training, Empowering Design Practices

    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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  • In my dream of utopia: creative spaces for utopian thinking

    “.. there are many things in the commonwealth of Utopia that I rather wish… to see followed in our governments.”  – Thomas More, Utopia, 1516 Over the weekend of 24th to 26th June, we took part in the Utopia Fair in the beautiful, neoclassical surroundings of Somerset House, a major arts and cultural venue  in […]

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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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  • New film captures community dreams for the future of Bow

    How can utopian thinking support the creation of better places? Prototyping Utopias from Glass-House Community Led Design on Vimeo. This new film by Emma Crouch (i say RAAR) conveys the activities, dreams and reflections of those who took part in the activities of our Prototyping Utopias projects held in Bow, in April and May 2016. […]

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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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  • Dreaming about Bow’s future by ‘Prototyping Utopias’

    Community invited to dream about Bow’s future What would your ideal Bow look like? The Glass-House, the Open University and local organisations are inviting local people in Bow, East London to take part in Dreaming Utopias, a free community open day, to share their dreams and ideas for the area. On Saturday 30 April, from […]

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