• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Secrets of Buildings – The Glass-House featured in FX Magazine

    In this month’s FX Magazine, writer Veronica Simpson reviews “a few pioneering consultancies [who] have helped to ensure more people-focused practices and better outcomes.” The Glass-House was delighted to be included as one of the “secret agents” and we shared views on our practice and experience, and the value of putting people at the heart […]

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  • Granville New Homes Study Visit: September 2013

    Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager at The Glass-House: Our day-long study visit and workshop to Granville New Homes on 17th September 2013 provided the opportunity for a mixed group of practitioners from the housing association sector to learn from best practice in community engagement and design. In partnership with Brent Council and Brent Housing […]

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  • The value of participatory placemaking for Housing Providers

    By Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager & Lucia das Neves, Marketing and Events Manager, The Glass-House with John Coburn, Network Manager, HACT   At a time when housing providers are under enormous pressure and grappling with welfare reform, new localism and a debilitating recession, how can they continue to deliver successful, sustainable and vibrant […]

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  • Training for Housing Association Design Review Panels

    We were recently commissioned by First Wessex Housing Association in Southampton to deliver a two-day training course for members of three design review panels. Some of the group (a mixture of staff and residents) had just joined the panels and others had been involved for years.  I worked closely with our Glass-House Enabler Matt Lally […]

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  • Glass-House features in Channel 4 documentary

    Following on from our previous blog post, about our workshop with the residents of Bacton Low Rise from Camden, we are excited to announce that the final edits have been made and Channel 4 will be screening the documentary ‘The Secret Life of Buildings‘ on Monday 1st August at 8pm. This episode ‘Home’ is the first […]

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  • The Glass-House filmed for Channel 4 documentary

    This week, Maja and I worked with Bacton Low Rise Tenants and Residents’ Association whose homes are facing demolition in Camden, London. We have been supporting them in developing a design brief for their new homes and plans for the next stage of the process. Over two days, together with our independent Enabler, John Burrell, […]

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