• 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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  • EDP Design Training Manchester 2017

    Learning about and exploring the potential of design – EDP Design Training in Manchester

    On 20th and 21st June, our Empowering Design Practices project ran a two-day Design Training course (based on Buildings by Design, the longstanding course developed by The Glass-House) to support three groups who look after a historic place of worship to develop their design skills and knowledge and explore the potential of their buildings. The groups […]

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  • Helping groups rediscover their buildings through design training, Empowering Design Practices

    Helping groups to rediscover their buildings through design training

    Sometimes, when a community-based organisation is looking after a building, the challenges of the everyday can be overwhelming. This is particularly true when the building must cater to a variety of different needs and users and when it is in need of refurbishment. When the heritage of the building is significant as well, this adds […]

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  • Making Space for community led housing film

    New film: Making space for community-led housing in urban areas

    Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues in the UK today. Community-led housing is an opportunity for communities to provide their own solutions to how they wish to live. Community-led housing can empower communities, strengthen local relationships and lead to places that are better-designed, more sustainable and well-loved. In March 2016, The Glass-House […]

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  • Growing Bridgend Farmhouse together

    Tucked away between housing estates in southern Edinburgh, and next to a thriving community allotment, Bridgend Farmhouse languished derelict for many years. Now local volunteers have given it a new lease of life through collaborative grassroots action to achieve the first ever asset transfer for nil cost, from Edinburgh City Council. In 2010 a group […]

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  • Marple: A community taking action

    “Marple is one of the best places in the world, and Marple Civic Society is proud to be the civic society for the area. However, our mission is to make Marple an even better place to live.” Gillian Postill, Chair Marple Civic Society Since The Glass-House was invited to support the community in Marple in […]

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  • Delivering Homes Differently: Understanding community-led housing in high demand urban areas

    On 16 March 2016, the day that George Osbourne made a budget announcement of £60 million pounds for community-led housing, we brought together community activists, designers, funders, academics, local authorities, housing associations, developers and policy advisors to explore the current landscape for community led housing in high demand urban areas. Here are some of the […]

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  • New knowledge exchange programme on community led housing

    We are delighted to announce that The Glass-House and London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative (LCNC) are jointly working to increase the knowledge and understanding of community-led housing nationally. Focusing on urban areas of high demand for housing, we will deliver a series of knowledge exchange activities in Spring 2016 including an event, a film and supporting […]

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  • People, place and policy: our evidence to the House of Lords

    On 11 November, I gave oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, on behalf of The Glass-House, which followed our written submission in September to their Call for Evidence (you can watch a recording of that day’s session on Parliamentlive.tv). The Call for Evidence issued by […]

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  • Communities shaping places: Castlefield Forum

    By Carole Middleton Castlefield Forum is a great example of a community shaping a place in a city-centre conservation area. It is a voluntary, community group established with the key aim of making Castlefield an even better place for local residents, businesses, workers and visitors. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or has […]

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