• 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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    How do we progress participation in architecture? Beyond Participation #2

    Introducing the Irish Architecture Foundation’s second international conference on participation (Beyond Participation #2), programme curator Tara Kennedy declared that “participation is fundamental to architecture.” But is participation really embedded in the practices and processes of how we develop, improve and shape the spaces where live, work and play? This conference, held over two days in […]

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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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    On the right to great design: London

    Do we have a right to great design, we asked at the final conversation in our 2017/18 People on Place Series? As a member of our London audience pointed out, we have the right to the best available standard of health and wellbeing and the quality of our environment plays a fundamental role in supporting […]

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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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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