• Life in public spaces for all

    We were thrilled to be invited to Manchester to speak at the UK Urban Ageing Network as part of their day-long seminar about the built environment’s impact and potential on older people. The network is part of WHO’s global Age-Friendly Cities network, which supports over 135 cities worldwide to explore and embed policy and practice […]

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  • Granville New Homes Study Visit: September 2013

    Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager at The Glass-House: Our day-long study visit and workshop to Granville New Homes on 17th September 2013 provided the opportunity for a mixed group of practitioners from the housing association sector to learn from best practice in community engagement and design. In partnership with Brent Council and Brent Housing […]

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  • Place Potential: Can we improve health through placemaking?

    Last Wednesday, October 9th, we opened our 2013/14 Debate Series Place Potential by asking our Scottish audience to respond to the provocation – can we improve health through placemaking? The choice of this theme was in part inspired by the words of Rev. Christopher Rowe at our Glasgow debate in October 2012 who opened his […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can we improve health through placemaking? #1

    By Matt Bridgestock, Glass-House Enabler As part of the RIAS ‘Architect in the House’ scheme earlier this year, I visited an elderly couple in the east end of Glasgow. They lived in a rather pleasant Victorian sandstone bungalow and had asked me to look at a loft extension so that their family could stay more […]

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  • 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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