• A Platform for Joy: RSA Student Design Awards winners announced

    by Sophia de Sousa Earlier this year I had the pleasure of sitting on one of the judging panels for the 2019/20 RSA Student Design Awards. The RSA Student Design Awards is an annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates run by the RSA. Each year, the RSA challenges emerging designers to engage [...]

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  • Reopening high streets safely – and strategically

    By Sophia de Sousa On Friday morning, I was asked to speak on BBC Surrey Breakfast Radio about how places can use the new MHCLG Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to help bring their communities out of lockdown. The government is investing £50 million to help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures […]

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  • Reclaiming Streets for People

    By Sophia de Sousa The city of Milan recently announced that they are radically rethinking how movement around their city centre will work in the future. With motor congestion down 30-75% during lockdown, and a notable associated decrease in air pollution (1), they can clearly see the impact that reducing vehicular access to some sections […]

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  • Taking co-design online

    By Grace Crannis & Sophia de Sousa Like everyone, we at The Glass-House are grappling with how we can carry on with our work in the context of physical distancing imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. A big part of this is exploring how we can adapt our face-to-face design engagement approaches and workshops to an […]

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  • Making communities stronger through collaboration and sharing

    By Sophia de Sousa For some time, The Glass-House has been interested in the concept of the collaborative economy and exploring it through our action research and events. In very simple terms, a collaborative, or sharing economy, emerges when people pool their skills, assets and resources to address shared concerns, or to create new opportunities. […]

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  • EDP Live: celebrating community-led design in historic places of worship

    By Sophia de Sousa and Katerina Alexiou On 12 February, 2020, The Empowering Design Practices research team gathered with partners and community collaborators, colleagues, funders and friends to celebrate five years of research exploring community leadership in design within the context of historic places of worship. This was a day to share learning and the […]

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  • Co-designing a co-design workshop

    The reinvention of a Glass-House stalwart: Design by Consensus By Grace Crannis, Sophia de Sousa and Myra Stuart   “Co-designing the game was quite an exciting experience. Working as a group, it was astounding how quickly we managed to brainstorm and prototype the entire game. My most important takeaway was the importance of having a […]

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  • Mobilising change: a space for reflection and sharing

    By Sophia de Sousa Mobilising change: towards collaborative placemaking, the final event in our 2018/19 WE design series, took place at the Raven Row gallery in London on the evening of 26 March. We were joined by a rich mix of participants from communities and a range of sectors and disciplines, all of whom share […]

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  • New Year’s resolutions for housing

    In recent weeks, various stories and statistics in the press have evidenced that tackling our housing crisis is not as simple as just building as many new houses as we can, as quickly as we can. The housing crisis has emerged from a complex combination of socio-economic trends that have come together to find us […]

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    The Glass-House response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

    Much has been said and written about the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in the last few days. As a nation we have been profoundly moved, saddened and angered, by the scale of the disaster and by the loss of life. We have also seen people in our communities respond quickly to need, coming together to […]

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