• 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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  • New Start/ CLES Launch

    Last night a couple of us (Hannah Gibbs, Project Support Officer and Jaina Patel, Marketing and Communications Manager) attended the CLES NewStart Launch event in London. We heard about the new online services that they are setting up together which aims to support all of us working in the regeneration sector through case studies, research […]

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    Cardiff debate – The Sustainable Community Building: Refurbishment vs New Build

    By Jaina Patel The second debate in our series took place at Chapter in Cardiff on Thursday 25 November 2010. Once again the panellists and audience members raised and discussed a range of issues relating to the sustainability of the community building in the contexts of new builds and refurbishments. Our panel of speakers in […]

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  • Study Tour to Butcher Works

    Exploring design and reuse with Friends of Millhouses Park in Sheffield

    Yesterday we spent the day with the Friends of Millhouses Park group who are trying to bring their Mill Buildings back to life. We worked with BDR (Bureau of Design Research, University of Sheffield) to create a morning of workshops and an afternoon of site visits to give the group some skills and inspiration for […]

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