• 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' vision

    Build Your Neighbourhood: how people, place and value interact

    “The essence of good places comes out in what we do.” – Meredith Evans, formerly Corporate Director, Telford and Wrekin Council   The recent National Conference on Urban Design (18-20 October 2012) was run by the Urban Design Group and Oxford Brookes University.  The conference attendees were a mix of Built Environment Practitioners, Developers, House-builders, […]

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  • Danish ‘Think Space’ about community projects

    “The free thought is the best toy in the world.” – Erik Clausen We were pleased to accept an invitation to speak about The Glass-House’s role as an enabler of Community Led Design at the 2nd annual Think Space conference in Copenhagen, organised by Danish meanwhile use champions Givrum.nu. Over three days, 350 regeneration practitioners, […]

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  • What would a sustainable city look like?

    Green Sky Thinking Week held from 17-21 September was set up by Open City to highlight green expertise in the built environment and encourage deeper collaboration for sustainable development between industry sectors. The theme for 2012 was ‘Mapping Sustainable London’ which sought to highlight and unpack best practice and thinking in how a sustainable city […]

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  • A crisis in housing and transport: what about placemaking?

    Two news items caught my eye yesterday.  One was the much commented on statement of Housing Minister Grant Shapps, that it is “blindingly obvious” that social housing in expensive places should be sold to fund house building in areas that are cheaper. The second was that train fares are “forcing commuters off trains and on […]

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  • What is the role of the built environment in the future of our High Streets?

    Last week, Louise and I had the pleasure of taking part in High Street Camp, an ‘unconference’ which brought together a diverse group of people from community representatives to regeneration professionals, to explore the future of our town centres and to share ideas and experience to address some of the key issues involved. We ran […]

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  • Training for Housing Association Design Review Panels

    We were recently commissioned by First Wessex Housing Association in Southampton to deliver a two-day training course for members of three design review panels. Some of the group (a mixture of staff and residents) had just joined the panels and others had been involved for years.  I worked closely with our Glass-House Enabler Matt Lally […]

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  • The National Planning Policy Framework and Community Led Design

    Yesterday, the final version of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was released. I would like to draw attention to three very simple points that Minister Greg Clark makes in his foreword to the document: Our standards of design can be so much higher. Planning must be a creative exercise in finding ways to […]

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  • A+DS & CLES event, 28 June 2011 Manchester

    Hannah and I were invited to take part in an event arranged and run jointly by Architecture+Design Scotland (A+DS) and Centre for Local Economy Strategies (CLES) in Manchester. The event brought together council officers, practicing designers and representatives from Third Sector Organisations to build on the learning from a number of workshops A+DS and CLES have run on […]

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  • New Start/ CLES Launch

    Last night a couple of us (Hannah Gibbs, Project Support Officer and Jaina Patel, Marketing and Communications Manager) attended the CLES NewStart Launch event in London. We heard about the new online services that they are setting up together which aims to support all of us working in the regeneration sector through case studies, research […]

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