• Bow moves: what would you do with this space?

    By Emma Newman On Saturday May 12th, EDP supported Bow Church to host ‘Bow Moves’ – a community event exploring potential uses of their building. The afternoon explored the possibility of forming new connections with local organisations and businesses, prompting them with the question “What would you do with this space?” The competition format helped […]

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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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  • Portobello Connects: mapping magic on the Edinburgh shoreline

    By Grace Crannis For Portobello Connects, the penultimate event in our Glass-House national WE design event series, we partnered with Architecture & Design Scotland to explore the power of collaboration in shaping places along Edinburgh’s shoreline communities. Based in Portobello, a coastal suburb to the east of Edinburgh, the event sought to delve into the […]

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  • Gaming as a design engagement tool

    By Grace Crannis As part of our series of Design Studio workshops in our Empowering Design Practices research project, The Glass-House worked alongside partners The Open University to run  a gaming session for a group of Year 5 school children from St Mark’s Church of England Primary School. The workshop was co-designed and co-facilitated by […]

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  • Reimagining Moorfoot: Steel drums on the steel route

    By Grace Crannis For Reimagining Moorfoot: co-design, connections and city spaces, the second event in our Glass-House WE design 18/19 event series, the team were in Sheffield exploring the potential of the Moorfoot building and connecting spaces with an afternoon workshop and evening debate. Due to the building’s strategic location at the edge of the […]

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  • Redefining our collaborative design language at Beyond Buzzwords

    Community-led and community-engaged design are increasingly part of the development and regeneration narrative, but what do these terms actually mean? Likewise what does this really mean in practice for those involved? We addressed these questions at Beyond Buzzwords: the language of collaborative design, the first of our WE design series of events, held in London […]

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  • Layers of Community: Design Training Sheffield 2018

    By Myra Stuart Examples of how local communities are the experts abounded at our latest Design Training workshop, while a Buddha in a belfry showed us the importance of considering the multiple levels of what community can be and the ways in which communication can be paramount. New to The Glass-House, I was part of […]

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  • Bow Study Tour: Reinventing Places of Worship

    By Grace Crannis Unlocking community gems in the heart of London.  The latest Study Tour event organised by the Empowering Design Practices (EDP) research project on the 22nd August, was an inspirational opportunity to explore the potential for community-led design to enhance and reimagine historic places of worship. Through site visits to three unique places […]

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    How do we progress participation in architecture? Beyond Participation #2

    Introducing the Irish Architecture Foundation’s second international conference on participation (Beyond Participation #2), programme curator Tara Kennedy declared that “participation is fundamental to architecture.” But is participation really embedded in the practices and processes of how we develop, improve and shape the spaces where live, work and play? This conference, held over two days in […]

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    The right to great design: taking (community-led) action

    By Katherine Horsham Conversation at the recent Glass-House event in London seemed to quickly conclude we do have the right to great design. It’s even enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human rights (Article 25). But when we started discussing how this right is enacted and what responsibility different actors should take to get there, […]

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