• Redefining our collaborative design language at Beyond Buzzwords

    Community-led and community-engaged design are increasingly part of the development and regeneration narrative, but what do these terms actually mean? Likewise what does this really mean in practice for those involved? We addressed these questions at Beyond Buzzwords: the language of collaborative design, the first of our WE design series of events, held in London […]

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    How do we progress participation in architecture? Beyond Participation #2

    Introducing the Irish Architecture Foundation’s second international conference on participation (Beyond Participation #2), programme curator Tara Kennedy declared that “participation is fundamental to architecture.” But is participation really embedded in the practices and processes of how we develop, improve and shape the spaces where live, work and play? This conference, held over two days in […]

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    The right to great design: taking (community-led) action

    By Katherine Horsham Conversation at the recent Glass-House event in London seemed to quickly conclude we do have the right to great design. It’s even enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human rights (Article 25). But when we started discussing how this right is enacted and what responsibility different actors should take to get there, […]

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    On the right to great design: London

    Do we have a right to great design, we asked at the final conversation in our 2017/18 People on Place Series? As a member of our London audience pointed out, we have the right to the best available standard of health and wellbeing and the quality of our environment plays a fundamental role in supporting […]

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  • New Year’s resolutions for housing

    In recent weeks, various stories and statistics in the press have evidenced that tackling our housing crisis is not as simple as just building as many new houses as we can, as quickly as we can. The housing crisis has emerged from a complex combination of socio-economic trends that have come together to find us […]

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    Guest post: The right to great design (Bristol)

    By Sarah James With great design, comes great responsibility Imagine you were designing a space for someone you love. How different would it look like and feel compared to the many faceless, large scale regeneration interventions we currently circumnavigate and even avoid lingering in? Is it a human, fundamental right to live in well-designed spaces […]

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    Guest post: The right to great design (Sheffield)

    By Leo Care Democratising Design With its socialist political roots, it is perhaps no surprise that a conversation about great design in Sheffield should be focused on people and the social impact of design. Early on, the discussion touched on the importance of creating places and spaces that bring people together, support core human needs, […]

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    Guest post: The right to great design (Edinburgh)

    By Eric Dawson Why don’t we have quality places?
 What is great design?
 What makes your heart sink or sing? These, and other prompts, stimulated an open conversation as part of the 2017 Architecture Fringe. Facilitated by Sophia de Sousa from The Glass-House Community Led Design, a diverse audience explored how people and organisations can […]

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    The Glass-House response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

    Much has been said and written about the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in the last few days. As a nation we have been profoundly moved, saddened and angered, by the scale of the disaster and by the loss of life. We have also seen people in our communities respond quickly to need, coming together to […]

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  • Podcast / Place: who belongs here?

    On 9 March, we held the final debate in our 2015/16 Debate Series in London, exploring the question – Place: who belongs here? Our speakers Radhika Bynon, Amina Gichinga and Des Bournes and many members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the relationship between our sense of belonging in places and how […]

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