• To a More Ambitious Place Think Piece Series: Does practice make perfect in place? #3

    By Sandra Macaskill and Yasmin Ali People are instrumental to the effective use of places and space. Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) is a local voluntary group supported by contracted professionals working towards the development and restoration of Bridgend farmhouse, Edinburgh, to become a community-owned and led multi-purpose space to promote sustainable living practices and outdoor […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place Think Piece Series: Does practice make perfect in place? #2

    By Marion Preez and Liane Bauer, UrbanPioneers Bring a chair, table and cake Imagine yourself in Switzerland. The land famous for progressive, sometimes radical architecture, with its keen attention to detail, precision, craft skill and an excellent system of education and technical training. You are in the North of Zurich, walking through a park, beautifully […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place Think Piece Series: Does practice make perfect in place? #1

    By Diarmaid Lawlor There is no perfect place. There are only places. And each place is a map of the tension between the lives of the people there, the contexts of the place and the rules we create as organisations and as societies. Real places are messy and frustrating. Perfect is an ideal we might […]

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  • Towards a more open dialogue around place

    Recently many place organisations and institutions have met to discuss the desire for collective action and stewardship on place, prompted by The Farrell Review of Architecture + The Built Environment (1). Emerging from this is the idea of a new Place Alliance. My vision for a Place Alliance is an open network of people and […]

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  • An inspiring, holistic approach to urban living in London

    I recently attended an uplifting, celebratory community event in north west London, organised by a community initiative that The Glass-House has supported with training and learning opportunities over a number of years. LCNC (London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative) are a women-led group based in north west London who aim to make a real difference to urban […]

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  • Can housing be a catalyst for great places? A round-up of our London debate

    On Wednesday 12 March 2014, The Glass-House asked ‘Can housing be a catalyst for great places?’. The answer we got was yes! Or maybe? Or perhaps not entirely. Chief Executive of Thrive Homes, Elspeth Mackenzie reminded us of the all so often narrow unambitious aspirations for regeneration and homes – as if nice kitchens and […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can housing be a catalyst for great places? #3

    By Emily Read ‘We expect too much of new buildings, and too little of ourselves.’ Jane Jacobs As we know, London faces the major challenge of housing a rapidly expanding population whilst ensuring a legacy successful new neighbourhoods for Londoners to be proud of. With the weight of the economic crisis beginning to lift, it […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can housing be a catalyst for great places? #2

    By Leslie Barson and Lani Parker Can housing be a catalyst for great places? Let’s start by looking closely at these terms and think about what they really mean. A catalyst makes other things happen. It helps something else change. In that case the question is: does housing make other things around it change for […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can housing be a catalyst for great places? #1

    By Grosvenor As well as enduring the slowest economic recovery in more than 100 years, Britain is suffering from a severe housing crisis.  Recent analysis suggests that we are heading for a property shortage of more than a million homes by 2022 unless the current rate of house building is dramatically increased. While policymakers and […]

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  • Should we build less and reuse more? A round-up of the Bristol debate

    Should we build less and reuse more? The answer to this question might seem obvious in an age when the concept of ‘sustainability’ is a preface to every discussion about growth and development. On Wednesday evening in Bristol, we invited three speakers to share their views and brought together an audience with a shared interest […]

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