• £1 Homes – an initiative to applaud

    It’s about time that we looked at more creative, small-scale interventions to improve neighbourhoods and bring our failing streets, towns and city centres back to life. The recent announcement from Liverpool City Council of their £1 homes homesteading initiative, which follows a similar scheme launched by Stoke-on-Trent council, is a step in the right direction. […]

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  • Love and placemaking..

    Intrinsic to everything we do at The Glass-House is the idea that people are at the heart of places, and through our annual Debates Series we create a space for people to explore and challenge their views and involvement in placemaking. At our recent debate in Liverpool the stand-out comment for me, which came from […]

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  • Does involving local people in placemaking make business sense?

    “We’ve got to stop talking and start listening’, declared Guy Butler, Projects Director, Grosvenor as he opened the third debate in our national series Putting People in their Place held in Liverpool on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). Guy and fellow speakers Andrew Teage, Planning Director, BDP […]

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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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  • 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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  • New life in Fountainbridge

    Earlier in November we supported a fantastic group who have come together to create a vision to breathe new life into Fountainbridge, a canalside area near the centre of Edinburgh with a rich industrial history. The Glass-House ran a one-day workshop for the Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative, a group made up of local residents and organisations […]

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  • What value do local people bring to placemaking?

    The Glass-House Debate Series held annually, encourages all those with an interest in great placemaking and community led initiatives to engage in a open, honest dialogue, to share their stories and listen to the experiences of others. For the second debate in this year’s series, our chair Josef Ransley (a community leader, and district councillor […]

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  • Enabler Voices: ‘What value do local people bring to placemaking?’

    By Richard Crutchley, Glass-House Enabler Google ‘Andover Estate’ and you’ll find a relentless list of negative outpourings about this sprawling but dense Council estate north of the Seven Sisters Road – police, assaults, witnesses, drugs, gangs, fear, murder.  You might find that Ann Widdecombe spent a night or two on the estate in 2006 and […]

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  • 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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