• Place: designed for sharing? Think piece #1

    By Becca Thomas A place for everyone: socially engaged design and spaces “The true purpose of architecture is to help make human existence meaningful” Keith Bradley, The Happiness Inbetween, essay in Building Happiness. The creation of places for everyone, socially engaged spaces and the people to inhabit them is something that has had somewhat of […]

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  • Hitchhiking meets social design

    “Every door you open you did think, well I wonder what I’m going to encounter this time…” The practice of hitchhiking presents many challenges and opportunities, as this quote (from an interview with an experienced hitchhiker) suggests. But are there things we can learn from it that can be useful to other social and cultural […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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