• Place: the sum of parts? Think piece #1

    By Jez Hall Place for a community to live The upcoming Glass-House Manchester debate on ‘Place, a sum of parts?’ has made me reflect on my own particular arc of experience as a layabout, activist, parent, and now a community capacity builder. Manchester is my home, a place I have raised my kids, earned my […]

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  • Place: designed for sharing? Think piece #1

    By Becca Thomas A place for everyone: socially engaged design and spaces “The true purpose of architecture is to help make human existence meaningful” Keith Bradley, The Happiness Inbetween, essay in Building Happiness. The creation of places for everyone, socially engaged spaces and the people to inhabit them is something that has had somewhat of […]

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  • Reflections from the Fifth Desk

    By Martha Isaacs Today is my last day of work with The Glass-House Community Led Design. During my time with the organisation, I have learned about a wide range of topics related to placemaking, including the work of housing associations in the UK, the role of beauty and aesthetic appeal in neighbourhoods, asset mapping and […]

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  • Power in Dirt: Two Urban Farms and their Strategies for Neighbourhood Cultivation

    By Martha Isaacs Growing up in a rural area in northern Maryland, USA, I formed my sense of self with dirt both embedded my soul and trapped underneath my fingernails. My family lives on a plot of land that my grandfather bought in the 1950s, and sits in a county with over 55,000 acres in […]

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  • Private or Public? Searching for Accessible and Inclusive Spaces in London

    By Martha Isaacs One bright Saturday afternoon, I visited the famous Borough Market in Southwark. The swarms of people diving for vegetable dumplings, spinach pastries and head-sized meringues in the eighteenth century marketplace created animation and liveliness, and I marvelled at the bustling pedestrian activity. My dreams of walkable, dense urban centres far from the […]

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  • Extracting Placemaking Tools from Minamisanriku

    By Martha Isaacs After The Glass-House Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa returned from her research trip to the seaside town of Minamisanriku, Japan, in November 2013, she knew she wanted to share the story of resilience observed in the community’s rebuilding in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. As well as writing extensively […]

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  • Bollards and Breweries: Learning with the Shad Thames Area Management Partnership

    By Martha Isaacs Since my arrival as an Intern at The Glass-House Community Led Design, I have heard the term ‘place’ constantly, with my colleagues referencing past projects in placemaking, preparing for discussions about how to improve the built environment, and speaking of the dynamic places in London that comprise a complex urban centre. Throughout […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #3

    By Alexei Schwab The pressure is on for London to build more homes, and we are seeing a raft of new policies to stimulate delivery of housing in the Capital. In previous periods of large-scale building, place making often took a back seat: the homes might have been well-designed, but the areas suffered from a […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #2

    By Sir Tom Shebbeare An amateur planner: asset or a hazard? Challenging the status quo by using the tool of neighbourhood planning could involve making amateur planners of us all. But are we an asset or a hazard? I’m 63 and until very recently had never been involved with planning – although the concept of […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #1

    By Samar Héchaimé The question put forth is ‘Do we accept the status quo in place?’ My question is what status quo do we refer to? The status quo that place is intrinsic, characteristic and essentially emerges from our own humanity? Or the status quo that has become so prevalent due to our misunderstanding of […]

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