• New homes being delivered in Ordsall, Manchester

    Place: a shared responsibility? Think piece #2

    By Martin Valentine Leading by example When I decided to set up Positive Homes, it was with a rather lofty ambition– to revolutionise the house building business. Why? Because from where I’d come from, all I saw was cynicism, mistrust, and just downright dishonesty: an unpleasant blame culture where build cheap/ sell high using clever […]

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    Place: a shared responsibility? Think piece #1

    By Jeanne Booth Stepping out of your front door to uneveness… I stepped out of my front door this morning and watched as my elderly neighbour across the road tentatively negotiated the uneven pavement just outside hers. A fiercely independent piano teacher, now in her eighties, how long before the care needed to negotiate the […]

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  • Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative, Edinburgh

    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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    Podcast / Place: the sum of parts?

    On 11 November, we held our first ever Manchester debate, exploring the question – Place: the sum of parts? Our three speakers, Lynda Shillaw, David Rudlin and Matt Fenton and members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the elements and processes that can contribute to great placemaking and explored how assets can […]

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    Learning from community open spaces: Spaces by Design with Wandle Housing Association tenants and staff

    Designing and managing public space is complex work, and often spaces are established or improved, only to find that after a while they aren’t successful. Earlier this year we explored the challenges and opportunities around public and communal spaces in a Spaces by Design course with Wandle Housing Association residents and staff in South London. […]

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    Place: the sum of parts? Manchester Debate round up

    Last week we continued our Debate Series, A Place for Everyone?, with the question Place: the sum of parts? in Manchester. Place as people “Place is more than the sum of parts”, decried David Rudlin, Director at URBED. New places don’t have a “patina” of memory, tradition, belonging. These are the things that make up […]

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    Communities shaping places: Castlefield Forum

    By Carole Middleton Castlefield Forum is a great example of a community shaping a place in a city-centre conservation area. It is a voluntary, community group established with the key aim of making Castlefield an even better place for local residents, businesses, workers and visitors. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or has […]

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    Place: the sum of parts? Think piece #3

    By John Bishop When I re-read the flyer for the debate, I realised that the Series title “A Place for Everyone?” is at the core of my research and practice as an artist and architect, that started with my designing nurseries and primary schools back in the late 60s. In my work over the 40 […]

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    New podcast / Place: designed for sharing?

                On 21 October in Edinburgh we launched our 2015/16 Debate Series with the question – Place: designed for sharing? Our three speakers, Cat Macaulay, Riccardo Marini and Sandra Sutton and many members of the audience shared stories of their experiences of creating, managing and using spaces for sharing. Listen […]

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    Place: the sum of parts? Think piece #2

    By Jez Hall A little story about Levenshulme’s secret lake (this piece leads on from Jez Hall’s first think piece for our Manchester debate ‘Place: the sum of parts?’) It doesn’t even have a name yet. A post industrial reservoir that fed a 19th century bleach works. Closed many years ago the site became derelict […]

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