• Public space in the time of Covid-19

    By Grace Crannis In the midst of a pandemic, public space takes on a new weight as we establish our relationship with the act of being outside.  A complex negotiation of ownership and authority is happening on our streets and in our public spaces.  Public parks. Those who have ‘the right’ to be using public […]

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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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  • Accessibility and online engagement

    By Myra Stuart Online workshops and other forms of collaborative engagement are being quickly set up in this time of self-isolation. Whilst having to do this is a challenge, it can also be a moment to experiment and innovate. If done right, we might produce changes to how we work that can enable greater accessibility […]

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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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  • A statement from The Glass-House

    COVID-19 has meant that we are all having to make drastic changes to how we live, work and play. Like many, we at The Glass-House have temporarily closed our office, and our team is now working from home. As a small team used to remote working, we are lucky at The Glass-House to adapt to […]

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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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  • WE design in Manchester: the power to belong to a place

    By Grace Crannis Last week, the Glass-House was in Manchester for the penultimate event in our WE design 2019/20 event series, Reconfiguring Place: Housing, delivered in partnership with Urbed and The Manchester School of Architecture (MMU). Housing has featured prominently in the news recently, from unsafe cladding post-Grenfell, the debate about space standards and social […]

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  • Reconfiguring Place think piece: empowering communities to shape housing

    by Melissa Lacide How do we give communities a proactive role in shaping and delivering better quality and more sustainable housing for the future? We have been witnessing different types of housing crisis shaped by various socio-economic factors, with no or little government funding targeted to help places and services, and with a clear divide […]

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  • Tips for using social media as part of your community project

    By Toni Dyer Miller Before starting my internship with The Glass-House Community Led Design, I wasn’t aware of the importance and the benefits of connecting communities to place. Whilst attending events and being involved in research with The Glass-House I have developed a great understanding of the opportunities and initiatives that come about when communities […]

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  • WE design in Blackpool: seeking places to connect

    By Myra Stuart On 27th November 2019 we partnered with Historic England and The Open University for Reconfiguring Place: High Streets, in Blackpool’s historic Winter Gardens. For the second date in this year’s event series, we were seeking to reimagine the role of high streets and how they could be best be revitalised to serve their […]

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