• 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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  • Sheffield People on Place 2017

    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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  • 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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    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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    Get inspired by Alder Hey in the Park

    I recently visited Alder Hey in the Park, a new children’s hospital in Liverpool, and was hugely impressed by their new complex and by their approach to using design to reimagine what a hospital can be. An award winner shares their learning As a member of the judging panel on the Civic Voice Design Awards, […]

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    Inspiring approaches to designing with people: events in April

    Join us at two free events in April – in Liverpool and London. We’re partnering with Civic Voice on their Civic Voice Design Awards Study Tour of the new Alder Hey in the Park Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on Monday 24 April. Alder Hey in the Park was the overall winner of the 2016 Civic […]

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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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  • In my dream of utopia: creative spaces for utopian thinking

    “.. there are many things in the commonwealth of Utopia that I rather wish… to see followed in our governments.”  – Thomas More, Utopia, 1516 Over the weekend of 24th to 26th June, we took part in the Utopia Fair in the beautiful, neoclassical surroundings of Somerset House, a major arts and cultural venue  in […]

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  • Stories from practice: The power and practicalities of participative architecture

    We are always keen to hear how independent practitioners are supporting and engaging with community-led and collaborative design projects in their work and to share some of their experiences and reflections with our audience. In this think piece, architect Alex Coppock of Communion Architects shares his organisation’s approach to working with communities and how a […]

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