• ISHA support 2011

    Glass-House Enabler shares session experience

    Glass-House Enabler Andrew Dobson recently helped us to deliver a training session to a group of residents and staff from Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA). The training session provided introductory architectural and urban design principles to the group to help them to contribute to the ISHA Design Forum. Andrew is an Associate with John […]

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  • Ethical Property Foundation launch ‘Property Advice Service’ nationwide

    The Ethical Property Foundation have launched their award-winning Property Advice Service nationally in England, having previously serviced charities and community groups in London and the South West since 2005. The Property Advice Service offers friendly and expert advice on property matters to charities and community groups. Issues such as negotiating with landlords, deciphering leases and […]

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  • Reflections on the Portas Review

    The Portas Review, an independent review into the future of our high streets by Queen of Shops Mary Portas was published recently and made for a thought-provoking read. The review is incredibly relevant to the work of The Glass-House and the groups we support. One of the main areas of focus is just how important […]

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  • Exploring the Neighbourhoods of Stroud and Bristol

    Last Thursday we led a group of local community members and support workers on a Neighbourhoods Study Tour around Stroud and Bristol. The aim of the day was for groups to witness first hand how local people have made a positive and lasting impact on their neighbourhoods: physically, socially, environmentally and economically. We visited two  […]

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  • The Community Led Design Debate continues in Bristol

    From the concrete jungle on arrival in Bristol to the thriving regenerated docklands and to the home of our hosts and partner Architecture Centre Bristol, we gathered in the ground floor gallery for the second debate of the 2011/2012 Glass-House Debate Series. A tightly packed group of thirty community led design enthusiasts ready to hear […]

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  • In Bruges: Belgian students present their plans for East London site

    This week I paid a swift visit to Bruges, where I sat on a jury to assess 3rd year Applied Architecture students from Howest University College West Flanders who have developed masterplans for a mixed-use site close to the Olympic village in East London.  Fourteen groups presented their ideas on how to transform an industrial […]

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  • Spaces by Design, Dunblane – September 2010

    – Arranged in collaboration with Development Trust Association Scotland – Delivered by Bureau – Design + Research (BDR) 8 & 9th September 2010 Braeport Centre, Dunblane Participating groups: – Artlink, Edinburgh Royal Hospital – Dunblane Development Trust – Glenkens Community and Arts Trust – Walkerburn Community Development Trust Spaces by Design is one of a […]

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  • The Glass-House Debate Series 2011/12: Glasgow

    ‘What is Community Led Design and does it work?’ Yesterday evening, on a crisp October evening in Glasgow over 40 guests gathered at The Lighthouse venue (a former newspaper office designed by Glasgow’s master architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh), to explore the mixed perceptions of community led design and what it really means in practice. Four […]

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  • Glass-House Neighbourhoods Study Tour in London

    Last Wednesday, for the first of our Study Tours under the new Building Community Consortium programme, we took 6 groups based in London on a tour of 2 neighbourhoods to give them ideas and inspiration for their community led projects. These groups ranged from Transition Towns groups to co-operatives and people working to improve an […]

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  • The Secret Life of Buildings

    The Glass-House was really pleased to be a part of the first episode of The Secret Life of Buildings last night. It was fantastic to see Tom Dyckhoff looking at how our buildings and spaces affect us and challenging us all to be more demanding about the environments in which we live. Design does matter, […]

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