• What’s Vital Now? Keeping it local with Holly Dyas

    By Holly Dyas Back in November 2019, I attended a Glass-House Reconfiguring Place workshop that discussed how Blackpool’s high street can change for the better. Drawing on this, I want to propose a shift in thinking for how we handle town centres. We are now demanding more from the places we inhabit as we transition […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Rethinking the design of NGO’s with Isabelle Fanshawe

    by Isabelle Fanshawe “What if….” NGO’s were given a sum of money to design their own spaces with, rather than repurposing disused space (as is common practise), which requires considerable adaptability and often interferes with an organisations progress and outreach.  ‘We are living in a world where approximately 37,000 people are forcibly displaced per day’. […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Listening to Lockdown with Nick Bowman

    This contribution is part of our our new online series: What’s Vital Now?  The series will explore how placemaking can unlock the potential in people and places, enhancing the quality of our homes, high streets, public spaces, and neighbourhoods and enabling opportunities, interactions and collaboration across all echelons of society. Using the simple premise of What if..?, we […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Access, Power & Accountability

    This blog is part of our our new online series: What’s Vital Now?  by Grace Crannis The built environment has tremendous power to shape the experiences of people as individuals, as neighbourhoods, as families and as communities. Architecture is not passive: it holds meaning and weight, it shapes how we live, how we travel, how […]

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  • Reopening high streets safely – and strategically

    By Sophia de Sousa On Friday morning, I was asked to speak on BBC Surrey Breakfast Radio about how places can use the new MHCLG Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to help bring their communities out of lockdown. The government is investing £50 million to help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures […]

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  • Designing a more inclusive Bloomsbury: UCL Participatory Planning Project supported by The Glass-House Community Led Design

    By Mona Al-Sharari, Yuk Lo, Marco Mancini, Sophie Taylor & Eleanor Mack Briggs Public spaces play a vital social and political role, especially in cities where they are essential to producing the dynamism and variety that make urban places attractive to many. Under the imposition of austerity, cities are increasingly experiencing the creep of pseudo-public […]

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  • What’s Vital Now? Connecting with Angela Moore

    This is the first contribution to our our new online series: What's Vital Now?  As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a period of enforced physical isolation, What's Vital Now? will share voices from different communities, sectors and disciplines, on what we can do to create more inclusive and sustainable places that bring [...]

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  • Reclaiming Streets for People

    By Sophia de Sousa The city of Milan recently announced that they are radically rethinking how movement around their city centre will work in the future. With motor congestion down 30-75% during lockdown, and a notable associated decrease in air pollution (1), they can clearly see the impact that reducing vehicular access to some sections […]

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  • Callout brief: What’s Vital Now?

    Reconfiguring Place:  “What’s Vital Now?” Due to the current pandemic, the final event in The Glass-House 2019/20 WE design series, Reconfiguring Place: What’s Vital Now?,  which was scheduled to take place on 25 March in London, was postponed indefinitely. Because of this, we decided to close the 2019/20 series, Reconfiguring Place, with the three completed […]

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  • WE design in Manchester: planning and power, exploring the Raynsford Review

    As part of our WE design event series, The Glass-House invited participants who attended our event in Manchester on 26 Februrary 2020 to share their thoughts and reflections with us.    By Sarah Spanton In February, I attended The Glass-House workshop Reconfiguring Place: Housing in Manchester. This stimulating workshop took four themes; connection, diversity, power and sustainability as […]

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