• Neighbourhoods by Design: Designing change

    Neighbourhoods by Design, one of our longest-running design training courses, has undergone a re-vamp of late. The Design Training course is a whistle-stop introduction to urban design and gives participants the chance to develop their community neighbourhood project. Despite the name, urban design applies to anywhere people live, including urban, suburban, town and rural settings […]

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  • Gamlingay Eco Hub: Community’s dream is realised

    By Vera Hale On Friday, 23rd March, The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health and South Cambridgeshire’s MP, officially opened the newly refurbished Gamlingay Eco Hub. The new community centre is one of the early projects to receive support from The Glass-House, and throughout its development has been a true community […]

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  • The National Planning Policy Framework and Community Led Design

    Yesterday, the final version of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was released. I would like to draw attention to three very simple points that Minister Greg Clark makes in his foreword to the document: Our standards of design can be so much higher. Planning must be a creative exercise in finding ways to […]

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  • The Glass-House Debate Series 2011/2012: London

    Our final Glass-House Debate of the 2011/2012 series was held earlier this week with our partner Design Council Cabe providing the venue for a discussion on the topic ‘Community Led Design: what is it and does it work?’. With four dynamic and diverse speakers and an engaged audience the evening took us through the many […]

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  • Guest Blog: Building Consensus in Oxford on Leap Day!

    By Stephen Smith The Glass-House marked Leap Day with a workshop at Cutteslowe Community Centre in Oxford. Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa was joined by Glass-House Enabler Stephen Smith of Wright & Wright Architects and research partners from the Open University. Located at a seemingly commonplace residential edge; several complex contextual emerged – the sense […]

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  • Lots to learn from Neighbourhoods Study Tour in Sheffield

    South Owlerton in Sheffield made a fantastic case study for us to visit on a Study Tour we ran as part of the Building Community programme – supporting communities to become ‘neighbourhood planning’ ready. A number of community groups came with us to hear from South Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) and tour their huge array […]

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  • Glass-House Debate – Newcastle

    Once again the topic – Community Led Design: what is it and does it work? – was tackled in the latest Glass-House Debate, held on 21st February. The event was hosted by partners, Northern Architecture, at the Bond Centre in central Newcastle. Sophia de Sousa, Glass-House Chief Executive, introduced the theme and said how glad she […]

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  • Building Community at Eden’s Core

    Earlier this month we joined our Building Community partners – Eden Project, Locality and communityplanning.net – at the awe-inspiring Eden Project in Cornwall for the Building Community Planning Camp, an event which aimed to help communities get their heads around neighbourhood planning. Groups from all over the country came along to participate in three days […]

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  • Community Rights Made Real: What will the Localism Act mean for communities?

    With the Localism Act (the government’s new policy giving increased decision-making powers to communities) soon to become part of our planning system, there is a lot of talk about how our communities and neighbourhoods will be affected. Among the increased powers are 3 new Rights for communities: The Community Right to Bid – i.e. the […]

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  • Big Insights: What next for community spaces?

    Last week I attended an event organised by Big Lottery Fund to help them consider the future of their funding for community spaces. Various organisations and charities who work with and support local people on public and open space projects were there to listen to others and to share their own experiences. The public space […]

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