• Volunteer Voices: How collaboration can help a community transform derelict land into a thriving green space

    By Orsola de Marco One of the most exciting aspects of community-led design projects is being able to witness the process that turns a conceptual idea into a vision, its development and implementation. Celebrating a group’s achievements is always a delightful moment, but even more, is the opportunity to share the narrative of the journey, […]

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  • Enabler Voices: Inspiration at the end of a roller-coaster journey

    By Tina Gough What a delight it was for me to see Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau settled in their brand new home. This Hosted Tour organised by The Glass-House and Gateshead CAB allowed me, as one of their enablers, to see just how far Gateshead CAB has travelled (a long way) since my first involvement […]

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  • Enabler Voices: A journey of design and community at Gamlingay Eco Hub

    By Stephen Smith The Glass-House recently re-visited an ‘old friend’ for a very special hosted study tour: the Gamlingay Eco-Hub. This pioneering community centre was an early beneficiary of Glass-House project support in 2005 and was completed in 2012. Located on the edge of the village, the entrance frames a view to a new wind […]

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  • New online network Community Design Exchange launches

    By Katerina Alexiou & Theodore Zamenopoulos (Open University research partners) The Open University in collaboration with The Glass-House Community Led Design have developed a new site for individuals and groups involved in local placemaking projects called Community Design Exchange (CDE). CDE is a gallery and social network site specially developed in order to directly source […]

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  • Enabler Voices: ‘What value do local people bring to placemaking?’

    By Richard Crutchley, Glass-House Enabler Google ‘Andover Estate’ and you’ll find a relentless list of negative outpourings about this sprawling but dense Council estate north of the Seven Sisters Road – police, assaults, witnesses, drugs, gangs, fear, murder.  You might find that Ann Widdecombe spent a night or two on the estate in 2006 and […]

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  • Gamlingay Eco Hub: Community’s dream is realised

    By Vera Hale On Friday, 23rd March, The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health and South Cambridgeshire’s MP, officially opened the newly refurbished Gamlingay Eco Hub. The new community centre is one of the early projects to receive support from The Glass-House, and throughout its development has been a true community […]

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  • Guest Blog: Building Consensus in Oxford on Leap Day!

    By Stephen Smith The Glass-House marked Leap Day with a workshop at Cutteslowe Community Centre in Oxford. Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa was joined by Glass-House Enabler Stephen Smith of Wright & Wright Architects and research partners from the Open University. Located at a seemingly commonplace residential edge; several complex contextual emerged – the sense […]

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  • Spaces by Design, Dunblane – September 2010

    – Arranged in collaboration with Development Trust Association Scotland – Delivered by Bureau – Design + Research (BDR) 8 & 9th September 2010 Braeport Centre, Dunblane Participating groups: – Artlink, Edinburgh Royal Hospital – Dunblane Development Trust – Glenkens Community and Arts Trust – Walkerburn Community Development Trust Spaces by Design is one of a […]

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  • Glass-House Neighbourhoods Study Tour in London

    Last Wednesday, for the first of our Study Tours under the new Building Community Consortium programme, we took 6 groups based in London on a tour of 2 neighbourhoods to give them ideas and inspiration for their community led projects. These groups ranged from Transition Towns groups to co-operatives and people working to improve an […]

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  • Opening of Gamlingay Eco Hub

    London debate, the final in our Sustainable Community Building series

    We recently finished our Sustainable Community: Refurbishment vs New Build debate series at The Abbey Centre in London on 15 March 2011. We were delighted with the panellists presentations and thought provoking discussion from the audience. Throughout the series audiences have focussed on everything from capacity building to the political, social and economic implications of […]

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