• 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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  • A crisis in housing and transport: what about placemaking?

    Two news items caught my eye yesterday.  One was the much commented on statement of Housing Minister Grant Shapps, that it is “blindingly obvious” that social housing in expensive places should be sold to fund house building in areas that are cheaper. The second was that train fares are “forcing commuters off trains and on […]

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  • The Secret History of Our Streets

    Over June and July the BBC aired ‘The Secret History of Our Streets’ series that was co-produced with the Open University.  The series explored the changes that have taken place in London since Charles Booth recorded the city’s social conditions in 1886, and focused on the unique histories of six streets: Caledonian Road (in the […]

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  • London Voices on Neighbourhood Planning

    Last Saturday 23rd June London Civic Forum held an event in collaboration with Just Space bringing civic groups together to share their experiences of Neighbourhood Planning so far. The Glass-House was there to speak about the experiences we have had with groups working on Neighbourhood Plans over the last year and to explain the support […]

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  • Marple Wharf – revitalising the waterfront

    Over the past few months we’ve supported the Marple Civic Society and Marple Vision Partnership to develop their plans to bring historic Marple Wharf back into community use. Building on their work to create a vision for the town, the group wanted to draw on local knowledge to inform the future of the wharf and approached […]

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  • What is the role of the built environment in the future of our High Streets?

    Last week, Louise and I had the pleasure of taking part in High Street Camp, an ‘unconference’ which brought together a diverse group of people from community representatives to regeneration professionals, to explore the future of our town centres and to share ideas and experience to address some of the key issues involved. We ran […]

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  • Training for Housing Association Design Review Panels

    We were recently commissioned by First Wessex Housing Association in Southampton to deliver a two-day training course for members of three design review panels. Some of the group (a mixture of staff and residents) had just joined the panels and others had been involved for years.  I worked closely with our Glass-House Enabler Matt Lally […]

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