• 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? Think piece #3

    Designing material infrastructures to facilitate common belonging By Toby Austin Locke and Lawrence Dodd What does it mean to belong, and how are feelings of belonging recreated and shared? Particularly in anthropological traditions, which form a part of both our backgrounds, social and cultural belonging has been a central question. The boundaries of the social […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? Think piece #2

    By Joanna Massie Place: from a shared stake to shared responsibility What makes a sense of place – and how do you empower everybody in a community to feel proud of, and able to contribute to, where they live and work? And how do you build this sense of place, through strategic interventions – and […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? Think piece #1

    By Dr Noha Nasser Place attachment and collective identity Public spaces are a fundamental feature of cities and urban culture; centres of civic life where people encounter each other, socialise, exchange goods and have face-to-face interactions. The quality, functionality and accessibility of public spaces in a city are commonly perceived to be a measure of […]

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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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  • Place: a shared responsibility? Think piece #1

    By Jeanne Booth Stepping out of your front door to uneveness… I stepped out of my front door this morning and watched as my elderly neighbour across the road tentatively negotiated the uneven pavement just outside hers. A fiercely independent piano teacher, now in her eighties, how long before the care needed to negotiate the […]

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  • Communities shaping places: Castlefield Forum

    By Carole Middleton Castlefield Forum is a great example of a community shaping a place in a city-centre conservation area. It is a voluntary, community group established with the key aim of making Castlefield an even better place for local residents, businesses, workers and visitors. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or has […]

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  • Place: the sum of parts? Think piece #3

    By John Bishop When I re-read the flyer for the debate, I realised that the Series title “A Place for Everyone?” is at the core of my research and practice as an artist and architect, that started with my designing nurseries and primary schools back in the late 60s. In my work over the 40 […]

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  • Place: the sum of parts? Think piece #2

    By Jez Hall A little story about Levenshulme’s secret lake (this piece leads on from Jez Hall’s first think piece for our Manchester debate ‘Place: the sum of parts?’) It doesn’t even have a name yet. A post industrial reservoir that fed a 19th century bleach works. Closed many years ago the site became derelict […]

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