• 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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  • The value of participatory placemaking for Housing Providers

    By Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager & Lucia das Neves, Marketing and Events Manager, The Glass-House with John Coburn, Network Manager, HACT   At a time when housing providers are under enormous pressure and grappling with welfare reform, new localism and a debilitating recession, how can they continue to deliver successful, sustainable and vibrant […]

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  • Unlocking the value hidden in communities at CLT conference next week

    On Wednesday 12 June, the National CLT Network is hosting the 2013 Community Land Trusts Conference at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. This year the conference focuses on partnerships and collaboration and how to build a flourishing CLT movement across England, in both our villages and our cities. The event is a fantastic learning […]

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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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  • Building knowledge in architects with RIBA CPD

    We’re halfway through our series of 13 CPD seminars ‘Where people live: Tools for engaging communities in the design process’ that we’re delivering for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) across England, and I’d like to share some of the learning so far. In our 2.5hr seminar we’ve engaged architects in Nottingham, Gateshead, London, […]

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  • Gateshead community building is our first Hosted Study Tour

    Two weeks ago, on Friday 10 May we visited sustainable building project The Davidson Building, home of Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for the first of our Hosted Study Tours, a new peer mentoring activity to enable Glass-House beneficiaries (and clients) to showcase their achievements while supporting other groups in their community led design journey. […]

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  • Why Places Matter – new booklet for local councils and communities

    We’re delighted to share with you a new booklet we have contributed to – Why Places Matter – which makes the case for giving communities a voice in shaping their places. Produced by Living Streets with the People and Places Coalition, of which The Glass-House is a member, the booklet is being sent to all […]

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  • Visioning Sustainable Places during Green Sky Thinking week

    As part of Open City’s ‘Green Sky Thinking’ week (15-19 April), we ran a breakfast workshop ‘People, Place and Value: Visioning Sustainable Places’ at the distinctive 3 Space Hub, at Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars.  ‘Mapping Sustainable London’ was the theme for Green Sky Thinking 2013 and our workshop explored how we can collaborate to develop […]

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  • People, place and value: the golden triangle?

    The day after our debate ‘People, place and value: the golden triangle?’ I spent the afternoon at Goldsmiths Community Centre (in Grove Park, South London) with some of the centre’s members and I was struck by the value of this group of people to their place, and the value of their place to them. ‘Place […]

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  • £1 Homes – an initiative to applaud

    It’s about time that we looked at more creative, small-scale interventions to improve neighbourhoods and bring our failing streets, towns and city centres back to life. The recent announcement from Liverpool City Council of their £1 homes homesteading initiative, which follows a similar scheme launched by Stoke-on-Trent council, is a step in the right direction. […]

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