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    The Glass-House Debate Series 2012/13

    We’re excited to announce our 2012/13 Debate Series ‘Putting People in their Place’, in partnership with The Academy of Urbanism. Over four dates between October 2012 and March 2013, in four UK cities (Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and London), we will explore the relationship between people, place and value from very distinct perspectives – the community, […]

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  • A crisis in housing and transport: what about placemaking?

    Two news items caught my eye yesterday.  One was the much commented on statement of Housing Minister Grant Shapps, that it is “blindingly obvious” that social housing in expensive places should be sold to fund house building in areas that are cheaper. The second was that train fares are “forcing commuters off trains and on […]

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  • The Secret History of Our Streets

    Over June and July the BBC aired ‘The Secret History of Our Streets’ series that was co-produced with the Open University.  The series explored the changes that have taken place in London since Charles Booth recorded the city’s social conditions in 1886, and focused on the unique histories of six streets: Caledonian Road (in the […]

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  • BEEs among us!

    Design Council Cabe have launched a new network of Built Environment Experts (BEEs)who will support the work of the organisation in delivering high quality design to places and spaces across England. We’re delighted to announce that among the 250 BEEs are Glass-House Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa and Strategic Projects Manager Maja Jorgensen. Sophia is […]

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  • London Voices on Neighbourhood Planning

    Last Saturday 23rd June London Civic Forum held an event in collaboration with Just Space bringing civic groups together to share their experiences of Neighbourhood Planning so far. The Glass-House was there to speak about the experiences we have had with groups working on Neighbourhood Plans over the last year and to explain the support […]

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  • The Glass-House workshop at LFA 2012

    We’re very excited to be hosting an event as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture (23 June – 8 July 2012) which will bring architects and communities together to examine how we can make London a better place. The theme of the festival this year is ‘The Playful City’ in response to the […]

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  • Marple Wharf – revitalising the waterfront

    Over the past few months we’ve supported the Marple Civic Society and Marple Vision Partnership to develop their plans to bring historic Marple Wharf back into community use. Building on their work to create a vision for the town, the group wanted to draw on local knowledge to inform the future of the wharf and approached […]

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  • What is the role of the built environment in the future of our High Streets?

    Last week, Louise and I had the pleasure of taking part in High Street Camp, an ‘unconference’ which brought together a diverse group of people from community representatives to regeneration professionals, to explore the future of our town centres and to share ideas and experience to address some of the key issues involved. We ran […]

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  • Training for Housing Association Design Review Panels

    We were recently commissioned by First Wessex Housing Association in Southampton to deliver a two-day training course for members of three design review panels. Some of the group (a mixture of staff and residents) had just joined the panels and others had been involved for years.  I worked closely with our Glass-House Enabler Matt Lally […]

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  • Neighbourhoods by Design: Designing change

    Neighbourhoods by Design, one of our longest-running design training courses, has undergone a re-vamp of late. The Design Training course is a whistle-stop introduction to urban design and gives participants the chance to develop their community neighbourhood project. Despite the name, urban design applies to anywhere people live, including urban, suburban, town and rural settings […]

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