• Do the right people have power in place? A round-up of our Sheffield Debate

    On Wednesday 19th November, we were honoured to be hosted as the inaugural event in one of Sheffield’s newest cultural and creative assets – The Roco Creative Co-op. This innovative project led by Andrea Burns and Chris Hill will transform a row of empty Georgian houses into a new hub for the creative industries in […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do the right people have power in place? Think piece #2

    By Christopher Rowe I define power as the ability to mobilise resources to meet our needs. Since 2008 I have been working in the parish of Colston Milton, which comprises the Milton housing scheme in the north of Glasgow and which sits within the bottom 5 per cent on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do the right people have power in place? Think piece #1

    By Robert Johnson Do the right people have power in place? Who has the power to transform place? As a member of a number of institutions, I recognise that power is traditionally held in the hands of the few, not the many. As a member of North London Citizens and Citizens UK, I am taught […]

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  • Glasgow Debate 2014

    Does practice make perfect in place? Glasgow debate round up

    “Places are what happen when you’re busy doing other things,” Pauline Gallacher told us at our Debate in Glasgow titled Does practice make perfect in place?. Pauline, recently confirmed as Convener of the Scottish Community Alliance and previously of the Neilston Development Trust, talked of the collision of ritual and conviviality in place – the […]

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  • 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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