• Place: who belongs here? A round-up of our 2016 London Debate

    In the final debate of our Series A Place for Everyone?, we set out to explore the theme of belonging and connectedness to place. Our setting was Stratford Circus Arts Centre in East London, which sits in a neighbourhood that has seen immense changes to its physical environment, with development for the 2012 Olympic Games […]

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  • Place: a shared responsibility? Think piece #3

    By Dr Andrew King A call for collaboration and sustainable relationships I find myself immediately drawn towards the topic of working better together. Individuals and communities pulling together, working with a range of organisations involved in the natural and built environment, to create and maintain spaces and places. This is not just a nice idea […]

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  • Place: a shared responsibility? Think piece #2

    By Martin Valentine Leading by example When I decided to set up Positive Homes, it was with a rather lofty ambition– to revolutionise the house building business. Why? Because from where I’d come from, all I saw was cynicism, mistrust, and just downright dishonesty: an unpleasant blame culture where build cheap/ sell high using clever […]

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  • Can housing be a catalyst for great places? A round-up of our London debate

    On Wednesday 12 March 2014, The Glass-House asked ‘Can housing be a catalyst for great places?’. The answer we got was yes! Or maybe? Or perhaps not entirely. Chief Executive of Thrive Homes, Elspeth Mackenzie reminded us of the all so often narrow unambitious aspirations for regeneration and homes – as if nice kitchens and […]

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  • What value do local people bring to placemaking?

    The Glass-House Debate Series held annually, encourages all those with an interest in great placemaking and community led initiatives to engage in a open, honest dialogue, to share their stories and listen to the experiences of others. For the second debate in this year’s series, our chair Josef Ransley (a community leader, and district councillor […]

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  • The Glass-House Debate Series 2011/12: Glasgow

    ‘What is Community Led Design and does it work?’ Yesterday evening, on a crisp October evening in Glasgow over 40 guests gathered at The Lighthouse venue (a former newspaper office designed by Glasgow’s master architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh), to explore the mixed perceptions of community led design and what it really means in practice. Four […]

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