• Learning from the front line of community led design

    After four fantastic years at The Glass-House, I am leaving at the end of this week to start a new challenge. Here’s what I’ve learned from my experiences: Design heals all wounds – coming together to work on the fundamentals of how to make a place better has the power to resolve tensions within a […]

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  • Scotland reveals inspired attitudes to community led action

    This year’s DTAS conference ‘Development Trusts – Doing the Business’ brought together over 200 people from the Development Trust movement across Scotland. The Development Trusts themselves are largely made up of volunteers and the sheer amount of work these people put in and the successes they are achieving is incredible, especially in these times of […]

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  • Marple Wharf – revitalising the waterfront

    Over the past few months we’ve supported the Marple Civic Society and Marple Vision Partnership to develop their plans to bring historic Marple Wharf back into community use. Building on their work to create a vision for the town, the group wanted to draw on local knowledge to inform the future of the wharf and approached […]

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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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  • Neighbourhoods by Design: Designing change

    Neighbourhoods by Design, one of our longest-running design training courses, has undergone a re-vamp of late. The Design Training course is a whistle-stop introduction to urban design and gives participants the chance to develop their community neighbourhood project. Despite the name, urban design applies to anywhere people live, including urban, suburban, town and rural settings […]

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  • Gamlingay Eco Hub: Community’s dream is realised

    By Vera Hale On Friday, 23rd March, The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health and South Cambridgeshire’s MP, officially opened the newly refurbished Gamlingay Eco Hub. The new community centre is one of the early projects to receive support from The Glass-House, and throughout its development has been a true community […]

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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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  • The Glass-House Debate Series 2011/2012: London

    Our final Glass-House Debate of the 2011/2012 series was held earlier this week with our partner Design Council Cabe providing the venue for a discussion on the topic ‘Community Led Design: what is it and does it work?’. With four dynamic and diverse speakers and an engaged audience the evening took us through the many […]

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  • Lots to learn from Neighbourhoods Study Tour in Sheffield

    South Owlerton in Sheffield made a fantastic case study for us to visit on a Study Tour we ran as part of the Building Community programme – supporting communities to become ‘neighbourhood planning’ ready. A number of community groups came with us to hear from South Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) and tour their huge array […]

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  • Glass-House Debate – Newcastle

    Once again the topic – Community Led Design: what is it and does it work? – was tackled in the latest Glass-House Debate, held on 21st February. The event was hosted by partners, Northern Architecture, at the Bond Centre in central Newcastle. Sophia de Sousa, Glass-House Chief Executive, introduced the theme and said how glad she […]

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