• 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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  • 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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  • Supporting young people to engage in place

    Over the past two years, The Glass-House has been working in partnership with the Citizenship Foundation to develop an educational programme to be delivered in secondary schools, aiming to provide skills development for young people alongside the opportunity to learn more about the changes that are taking place in their local area. The partnership recently […]

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  • Life in public spaces for all

    We were thrilled to be invited to Manchester to speak at the UK Urban Ageing Network as part of their day-long seminar about the built environment’s impact and potential on older people. The network is part of WHO’s global Age-Friendly Cities network, which supports over 135 cities worldwide to explore and embed policy and practice […]

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  • Granville New Homes Study Visit: September 2013

    Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager at The Glass-House: Our day-long study visit and workshop to Granville New Homes on 17th September 2013 provided the opportunity for a mixed group of practitioners from the housing association sector to learn from best practice in community engagement and design. In partnership with Brent Council and Brent Housing […]

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  • The value of participatory placemaking for Housing Providers

    By Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager & Lucia das Neves, Marketing and Events Manager, The Glass-House with John Coburn, Network Manager, HACT   At a time when housing providers are under enormous pressure and grappling with welfare reform, new localism and a debilitating recession, how can they continue to deliver successful, sustainable and vibrant […]

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  • Building knowledge in architects with RIBA CPD

    We’re halfway through our series of 13 CPD seminars ‘Where people live: Tools for engaging communities in the design process’ that we’re delivering for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) across England, and I’d like to share some of the learning so far. In our 2.5hr seminar we’ve engaged architects in Nottingham, Gateshead, London, […]

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  • Visioning Sustainable Places during Green Sky Thinking week

    As part of Open City’s ‘Green Sky Thinking’ week (15-19 April), we ran a breakfast workshop ‘People, Place and Value: Visioning Sustainable Places’ at the distinctive 3 Space Hub, at Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars.  ‘Mapping Sustainable London’ was the theme for Green Sky Thinking 2013 and our workshop explored how we can collaborate to develop […]

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  • £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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  • 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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