• Enabler Voices: ‘What value do local people bring to placemaking?’

    By Richard Crutchley, Glass-House Enabler Google ‘Andover Estate’ and you’ll find a relentless list of negative outpourings about this sprawling but dense Council estate north of the Seven Sisters Road – police, assaults, witnesses, drugs, gangs, fear, murder.  You might find that Ann Widdecombe spent a night or two on the estate in 2006 and […]

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  • Cathays & Central Youth and Community Project

    Last week we travelled to Cardiff to provide project support to Cathays & Central Youth & Community Project, a group who want to transform their community centre and maximise use of the whole site, some of which is vacant or not fit for purpose. While exploring the community centre with the group we were delighted […]

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  • 'People' vision

    Build Your Neighbourhood: how people, place and value interact

    “The essence of good places comes out in what we do.” – Meredith Evans, formerly Corporate Director, Telford and Wrekin Council   The recent National Conference on Urban Design (18-20 October 2012) was run by the Urban Design Group and Oxford Brookes University.  The conference attendees were a mix of Built Environment Practitioners, Developers, House-builders, […]

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  • If crap places kill people, what can great places do?

    “Crap places kill people.” Christopher Rowe, a Church of Scotland Minister and resident of one of Glasgow’s most impoverished areas made a searingly honest and powerful statement at the first of our Putting People in their Place debates in Glasgow this week. We asked our audience and speakers Rowe, Brian Evans and Christopher Breslin, to […]

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  • Danish ‘Think Space’ about community projects

    “The free thought is the best toy in the world.” – Erik Clausen We were pleased to accept an invitation to speak about The Glass-House’s role as an enabler of Community Led Design at the 2nd annual Think Space conference in Copenhagen, organised by Danish meanwhile use champions Givrum.nu. Over three days, 350 regeneration practitioners, […]

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  • Learning from the front line of community led design

    After four fantastic years at The Glass-House, I am leaving at the end of this week to start a new challenge. Here’s what I’ve learned from my experiences: Design heals all wounds – coming together to work on the fundamentals of how to make a place better has the power to resolve tensions within a […]

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  • What would a sustainable city look like?

    Green Sky Thinking Week held from 17-21 September was set up by Open City to highlight green expertise in the built environment and encourage deeper collaboration for sustainable development between industry sectors. The theme for 2012 was ‘Mapping Sustainable London’ which sought to highlight and unpack best practice and thinking in how a sustainable city […]

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  • Debate round-up: How can great places create value for local people?

    ‘How can great places create value for local people?’ was the question posed at the first debate in our national series Putting People in their Place in partnership with The Academy of Urbanism, held in Glasgow on Wednesday 10 October 2012. The setting was an old covered market in Glasgow’s Barras area (Barras Art & […]

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  • The show’s over… let the legacy begin

    Monday’s London parade marked the end of our Olympic summer.  I think that all said, we Brits are pretty pleased with how it’s gone. We delivered a Games to be proud of in a series of sports venues in both established and treasured London destinations, and in our spanking new Olympic Park and sports arenas. […]

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  • Scotland reveals inspired attitudes to community led action

    This year’s DTAS conference ‘Development Trusts – Doing the Business’ brought together over 200 people from the Development Trust movement across Scotland. The Development Trusts themselves are largely made up of volunteers and the sheer amount of work these people put in and the successes they are achieving is incredible, especially in these times of […]

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