• Place: designed for sharing? A round-up of our recent Edinburgh debate

    Last Wednesday in Edinburgh, we held the first debate in our 2015/16 Series, A Place for Everyone?, which explores the common elements in place that bring us together and our role in shaping them, as communities and as individuals. Exploring the question ‘Place: designed for sharing?’, we prompted our audience with questions such as: is […]

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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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  • 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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  • To a More Ambitious Place Think Piece Series: Does practice make perfect in place? #3

    By Sandra Macaskill and Yasmin Ali People are instrumental to the effective use of places and space. Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) is a local voluntary group supported by contracted professionals working towards the development and restoration of Bridgend farmhouse, Edinburgh, to become a community-owned and led multi-purpose space to promote sustainable living practices and outdoor […]

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  • An inspiring, holistic approach to urban living in London

    I recently attended an uplifting, celebratory community event in north west London, organised by a community initiative that The Glass-House has supported with training and learning opportunities over a number of years. LCNC (London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative) are a women-led group based in north west London who aim to make a real difference to urban […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can young people be placemakers? #1

    By Glass-House Enabler Catherine Greig This question makes me want to shout a resounding YES! I believe that the people best placed to shape change in their neighbourhood are those who live, work and play there and this includes people of all ages, from all backgrounds.  To me this is a little like asking ‘can […]

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  • Volunteer Voices: How collaboration can help a community transform derelict land into a thriving green space

    By Orsola de Marco One of the most exciting aspects of community-led design projects is being able to witness the process that turns a conceptual idea into a vision, its development and implementation. Celebrating a group’s achievements is always a delightful moment, but even more, is the opportunity to share the narrative of the journey, […]

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  • What makes for a successful community led project?

    Earlier in May we revisited the Gamlingay Eco Hub in Bedfordshire for the second of our new Hosted Tours. Supported by The Glass-House in 2005, we were all struck by how much the community had achieved and how well the building works. Not only has the team vastly improved the sports facilities of its previous […]

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  • How can American Pragmatism support community led design?

    Recently, as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Bridging the Gap research project, we participated in workshops at Keele University and the New Vic Theatre, exploring bridging the gap between academic theory and community reality and applying an American Pragmatist approach to do this. What exactly is American Pragmatism?  In a nutshell, the complex philosophical […]

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