• Helping groups rediscover their buildings through design training, Empowering Design Practices

    Helping groups to rediscover their buildings through design training

    Sometimes, when a community-based organisation is looking after a building, the challenges of the everyday can be overwhelming. This is particularly true when the building must cater to a variety of different needs and users and when it is in need of refurbishment. When the heritage of the building is significant as well, this adds […]

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  • 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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  • Workshop with Age UK Enfield 2016

    A glimpse of future possibilities for dementia care design

    By Stephen Smith Our recent workshop with Age UK in Enfield was a whistle-stop review, an inspiring tour and also a glance to the future possibilities – all wrapped into a busy morning. It once again confirmed the advantages of getting everyone around the table early in the design process to think through the objectives […]

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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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  • A clear vision and great design at St Michael and All Angels

    One of the elements of our Empowering Design Practices project is to visit places of worship that have made physical changes to their building, and to speak to those involved about the process and impact of those changes. We want to learn from their experience to help others, and to consider the roles of design […]

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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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  • Stories from practice: The power and practicalities of participative architecture

    We are always keen to hear how independent practitioners are supporting and engaging with community-led and collaborative design projects in their work and to share some of their experiences and reflections with our audience. In this think piece, architect Alex Coppock of Communion Architects shares his organisation’s approach to working with communities and how a […]

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  • We must be ambitious and dare to dream about the ideal: Dreaming Utopias in Bow

    When people are asked to consider the future of their place, most often it is through a consultation exercise to inform local services or local development. Consultation practice is guided by the principles of setting clear parameters and managing expectations. Working with our Strategic Partner, the Open University, we were keen to explore what would […]

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  • Triggering conversations about place: workshop at Paragon

    Place is all around us. We interact with it both consciously and not. Our senses and emotions fire messages to our brain and as they reach it, they can make our heart sink or sing. This was the starting point for a workshop introducing placemaking to a group of residents working with Paragon,  an affordable […]

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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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