• What’s Vital Now? Keeping it local with Holly Dyas

    By Holly Dyas Back in November 2019, I attended a Glass-House Reconfiguring Place workshop that discussed how Blackpool’s high street can change for the better. Drawing on this, I want to propose a shift in thinking for how we handle town centres. We are now demanding more from the places we inhabit as we transition […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Rethinking the design of NGO’s with Isabelle Fanshawe

    by Isabelle Fanshawe “What if….” NGO’s were given a sum of money to design their own spaces with, rather than repurposing disused space (as is common practise), which requires considerable adaptability and often interferes with an organisations progress and outreach.  ‘We are living in a world where approximately 37,000 people are forcibly displaced per day’. […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Listening to Lockdown with Nick Bowman

    This contribution is part of our our new online series: What’s Vital Now?  The series will explore how placemaking can unlock the potential in people and places, enhancing the quality of our homes, high streets, public spaces, and neighbourhoods and enabling opportunities, interactions and collaboration across all echelons of society. Using the simple premise of What if..?, we […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Connecting with Angela Moore

    This is the first contribution to our our new online series: What's Vital Now?  As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a period of enforced physical isolation, What's Vital Now? will share voices from different communities, sectors and disciplines, on what we can do to create more inclusive and sustainable places that bring [...]

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  • Tips for using social media as part of your community project

    By Toni Dyer Miller Before starting my internship with The Glass-House Community Led Design, I wasn’t aware of the importance and the benefits of connecting communities to place. Whilst attending events and being involved in research with The Glass-House I have developed a great understanding of the opportunities and initiatives that come about when communities […]

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  • WE design in Glasgow: connections are key

    As part of our WE design event series, The Glass-House invited participants who attended our first event in Glasgow on 7 October 2019 to share their thoughts and reflections with us.   By Kate Samuels I was pleased to attend Intergenerational Cities, the recent Glass-House event held in Glasgow, itself a hub of intergenerational activity […]

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  • WE design in Glasgow: bringing intergenerational living to the boil

    As part of our WE design event series, The Glass-House invited participants who attended our first event in Glasgow on 7 October 2019 to share their thoughts and reflections with us.    By Brian Proudfoot Last month, I had the pleasure of working with The Glass-House in facilitating the Reconfiguring Place: Intergenerational Cities event within […]

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  • A Summer at The Glass-House

    By Emma Newman   Before coming to intern this summer at The Glass-House, I only had vague ideas about community engagement in design. I was convinced that community-led projects were confined to textbook case studies on faraway places – it did not occur to me that they were happening in my own backyard. Working alongside […]

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  • Bow moves: what would you do with this space?

    By Emma Newman On Saturday May 12th, EDP supported Bow Church to host ‘Bow Moves’ – a community event exploring potential uses of their building. The afternoon explored the possibility of forming new connections with local organisations and businesses, prompting them with the question “What would you do with this space?” The competition format helped […]

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    The right to great design: taking (community-led) action

    By Katherine Horsham Conversation at the recent Glass-House event in London seemed to quickly conclude we do have the right to great design. It’s even enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human rights (Article 25). But when we started discussing how this right is enacted and what responsibility different actors should take to get there, […]

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