• Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can we improve health through placemaking? #2

    By Steven Tolson Travelling by bike will help your health and make better places People make Places Students of place making will know about Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl’s propositions that people make places.  However, the debate in place making tends to be focussed on the physical entity but the reality is that buildings and […]

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  • Volunteer Voices: How collaboration can help a community transform derelict land into a thriving green space

    By Orsola de Marco One of the most exciting aspects of community-led design projects is being able to witness the process that turns a conceptual idea into a vision, its development and implementation. Celebrating a group’s achievements is always a delightful moment, but even more, is the opportunity to share the narrative of the journey, […]

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  • What makes for a successful community led project?

    Earlier in May we revisited the Gamlingay Eco Hub in Bedfordshire for the second of our new Hosted Tours. Supported by The Glass-House in 2005, we were all struck by how much the community had achieved and how well the building works. Not only has the team vastly improved the sports facilities of its previous […]

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  • How can American Pragmatism support community led design?

    Recently, as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Bridging the Gap research project, we participated in workshops at Keele University and the New Vic Theatre, exploring bridging the gap between academic theory and community reality and applying an American Pragmatist approach to do this. What exactly is American Pragmatism?  In a nutshell, the complex philosophical […]

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  • Building community through theatre making at the New Vic Theatre

    How would you start to rebuild your community when almost everything and everyone has been lost? On 4 June, three of us Glass-House staff took part in an immersive, challenging and exhilarating workshop at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme led by the wonderful team from New Vic Borderlines, an award-winning initiative that uses […]

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  • Enabler Voices: Inspiration at the end of a roller-coaster journey

    By Tina Gough What a delight it was for me to see Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau settled in their brand new home. This Hosted Tour organised by The Glass-House and Gateshead CAB allowed me, as one of their enablers, to see just how far Gateshead CAB has travelled (a long way) since my first involvement […]

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  • The value of participatory placemaking for Housing Providers

    By Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager & Lucia das Neves, Marketing and Events Manager, The Glass-House with John Coburn, Network Manager, HACT   At a time when housing providers are under enormous pressure and grappling with welfare reform, new localism and a debilitating recession, how can they continue to deliver successful, sustainable and vibrant […]

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  • Enabler Voices: A journey of design and community at Gamlingay Eco Hub

    By Stephen Smith The Glass-House recently re-visited an ‘old friend’ for a very special hosted study tour: the Gamlingay Eco-Hub. This pioneering community centre was an early beneficiary of Glass-House project support in 2005 and was completed in 2012. Located on the edge of the village, the entrance frames a view to a new wind […]

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  • Building knowledge in architects with RIBA CPD

    We’re halfway through our series of 13 CPD seminars ‘Where people live: Tools for engaging communities in the design process’ that we’re delivering for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) across England, and I’d like to share some of the learning so far. In our 2.5hr seminar we’ve engaged architects in Nottingham, Gateshead, London, […]

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  • Gateshead community building is our first Hosted Study Tour

    Two weeks ago, on Friday 10 May we visited sustainable building project The Davidson Building, home of Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for the first of our Hosted Study Tours, a new peer mentoring activity to enable Glass-House beneficiaries (and clients) to showcase their achievements while supporting other groups in their community led design journey. […]

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