• 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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  • A+DS & CLES event, 28 June 2011 Manchester

    Hannah and I were invited to take part in an event arranged and run jointly by Architecture+Design Scotland (A+DS) and Centre for Local Economy Strategies (CLES) in Manchester. The event brought together council officers, practicing designers and representatives from Third Sector Organisations to build on the learning from a number of workshops A+DS and CLES have run on […]

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  • Opening of Gamlingay Eco Hub

    London debate, the final in our Sustainable Community Building series

    We recently finished our Sustainable Community: Refurbishment vs New Build debate series at The Abbey Centre in London on 15 March 2011. We were delighted with the panellists presentations and thought provoking discussion from the audience. Throughout the series audiences have focussed on everything from capacity building to the political, social and economic implications of […]

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  • The Sustainable Community Building: Refurbishment vs New Build, Newcastle Debate

    By Jaina Patel The third debate in our lively  series took place in Newcastle on Tuesday 22 March at Northern Stage, we were fortunate to once again have a diverse and interesting panel of speakers who shared their thoughts and experiences on the subject. Our panel of speakers were Christine Morrison, North East Coordinator, Community […]

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    Stories of community-led design: Buildings by Design course 2010

    Last year as part of our series of Design Training for community groups we delivered two Buildings by Design courses in Cockermouth, Cumbria. To give you an idea of what happens at our courses here’s our case study of one of them, including the three groups’ stories: Download the PDF here

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