• 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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  • 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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