• Staff from a housing provider working with local residents to collectively explore opportunities for their area in a Glass-House supported workshop.

    Taking a place-based view in supporting neighbourhoods

    This blog post was originally published by the National Federation of ALMOs as part of their annual conference held in July 2015, where Glass-House Strategic Projects Manager Maja Luna Jorgensen was a speaker. ALMOs are special in their long-term investment in the places they own and manage. They are uniquely placed to deliver change and […]

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  • Martha Isaacs is a student of Geography of Human Activity and City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in the built environment’s effect on mental and physical health, and has just completed a two-month internship with The Glass-House to learn more about placemaking in the UK.

    Reflections from the Fifth Desk

    By Martha Isaacs Today is my last day of work with The Glass-House Community Led Design. During my time with the organisation, I have learned about a wide range of topics related to placemaking, including the work of housing associations in the UK, the role of beauty and aesthetic appeal in neighbourhoods, asset mapping and […]

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    To a More Ambitious Place: looking back to look forward

    As we warm up for this year's Glass-House Debate Series, let's take a final look at where we ended the last Series, in March this year: 'To a More Ambitious Place' gave us ample scope to delve into our what we want for our places, bringing forward a range of voices and views, in four [...]

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  • A weekend work session at the Angier Avenue Neighbourhood Farm

    Power in Dirt: Two Urban Farms and their Strategies for Neighbourhood Cultivation

    By Martha Isaacs Growing up in a rural area in northern Maryland, USA, I formed my sense of self with dirt both embedded my soul and trapped underneath my fingernails. My family lives on a plot of land that my grandfather bought in the 1950s, and sits in a county with over 55,000 acres in […]

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  • Bromley by Bow Center's park incorporates art and places to sit and play

    Private or Public? Searching for Accessible and Inclusive Spaces in London

    By Martha Isaacs One bright Saturday afternoon, I visited the famous Borough Market in Southwark. The swarms of people diving for vegetable dumplings, spinach pastries and head-sized meringues in the eighteenth century marketplace created animation and liveliness, and I marvelled at the bustling pedestrian activity. My dreams of walkable, dense urban centres far from the […]

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    Extracting Placemaking Tools from Minamisanriku

    By Martha Isaacs After The Glass-House Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa returned from her research trip to the seaside town of Minamisanriku, Japan, in November 2013, she knew she wanted to share the story of resilience observed in the community’s rebuilding in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. As well as writing extensively […]

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    Bollards and Breweries: Learning with the Shad Thames Area Management Partnership

    By Martha Isaacs Since my arrival as an Intern at The Glass-House Community Led Design, I have heard the term ‘place’ constantly, with my colleagues referencing past projects in placemaking, preparing for discussions about how to improve the built environment, and speaking of the dynamic places in London that comprise a complex urban centre. Throughout […]

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    Lessons from Minamisanriku: Iryado

    Places that support, teach and empower Following the tsunami, there was an outpouring of support with volunteers arriving from other regions of Japan and from abroad to help with the clean-up and rebuilding of Minamisanriku. In a community which previously boasted a resort hotel that could accommodate 1300 people, and was a popular tourist destination, […]

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    Lessons from Minamisanriku: Octopus-Kun – a place to craft

    The power of activity and enterprise Following the tsunami, one of the biggest challenges for local people, particularly those whose workplace had been destroyed, was that they had lost their daily routine based on having somewhere to go and something to do. Shops and businesses were simply swept away and while there was no end […]

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  • King's Cross Skip Garden in London - a moveable community garden 


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Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 'Bridging the Gap between Academic Theory and Community Relevance: Fresh Insights from American Pragmatism' (AH/K006185/1) was a collaborative research project involving Keele University, Brunel University, the Open University, University of Edinburgh and Seinan Gakuin University (Japan), and community partners New Vic Borderlines and The Glass-House Community Led Design.

    Lessons from Minamisanriku: Community Gardening

    Displacement and personal investment in temporary spaces One of the initiatives led by the local government following the displacement and rehousing of thousands of families was the creation of community gardens linked to temporary housing sites. During our visit to Minamisanriku, we were told about a few different gardens, which had met with different levels […]

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