• Welcome to our new website

    Welcome to our new website. In our 10th year as an independent charity, and celebrating 15 years of delivering hands-on support to projects, people and places, The Glass-House is delighted to launch a new website, the beginning of an online archive of the hundreds of projects we’ve supported over that time. Our new website is designed to […]

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  • In my dream of utopia: creative spaces for utopian thinking

    “.. there are many things in the commonwealth of Utopia that I rather wish… to see followed in our governments.”  – Thomas More, Utopia, 1516 Over the weekend of 24th to 26th June, we took part in the Utopia Fair in the beautiful, neoclassical surroundings of Somerset House, a major arts and cultural venue  in […]

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  • New film captures community dreams for the future of Bow

    How can utopian thinking support the creation of better places? Prototyping Utopias from Glass-House Community Led Design on Vimeo. This new film by Emma Crouch (i say RAAR) conveys the activities, dreams and reflections of those who took part in the activities of our Prototyping Utopias projects held in Bow, in April and May 2016. […]

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  • Making Space for community led housing film

    New film: Making space for community-led housing in urban areas

    Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues in the UK today. Community-led housing is an opportunity for communities to provide their own solutions to how they wish to live. Community-led housing can empower communities, strengthen local relationships and lead to places that are better-designed, more sustainable and well-loved. In March 2016, The Glass-House […]

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  • Dreaming about Bow’s future by ‘Prototyping Utopias’

    Community invited to dream about Bow’s future What would your ideal Bow look like? The Glass-House, the Open University and local organisations are inviting local people in Bow, East London to take part in Dreaming Utopias, a free community open day, to share their dreams and ideas for the area. On Saturday 30 April, from […]

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  • Podcast / Place: who belongs here?

    On 9 March, we held the final debate in our 2015/16 Debate Series in London, exploring the question – Place: who belongs here? Our speakers Radhika Bynon, Amina Gichinga and Des Bournes and many members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the relationship between our sense of belonging in places and how […]

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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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  • Podcast / Place: a shared responsibility?

    On 3 February, we held our first ever Nottingham debate, exploring the question – Place: a shared responsibility? Our speakers Michelle Saxton, Cllr Graham Chapman, Robert Evans and many members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the barriers and opportunities to how we can work better together as citizens with those responsible […]

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  • Place: a shared responsibility? Nottingham responds..

    For our first ever debate in Nottingham, held on Wednesday 3 February, we discussed the question: ‘Place: a shared responsibility?’. What are the rights and responsibilities that we have in shaping our places? Are there new models of collaboration that we can try? Relationships in place shaping Many people in the audience raised the importance […]

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  • Podcast / Place: the sum of parts?

    On 11 November, we held our first ever Manchester debate, exploring the question – Place: the sum of parts? Our three speakers, Lynda Shillaw, David Rudlin and Matt Fenton and members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the elements and processes that can contribute to great placemaking and explored how assets can […]

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