• Reopening high streets safely – and strategically

    By Sophia de Sousa On Friday morning, I was asked to speak on BBC Surrey Breakfast Radio about how places can use the new MHCLG Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to help bring their communities out of lockdown. The government is investing £50 million to help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures […]

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  • Designing a more inclusive Bloomsbury: UCL Participatory Planning Project supported by The Glass-House Community Led Design

    By Mona Al-Sharari, Yuk Lo, Marco Mancini, Sophie Taylor & Eleanor Mack Briggs Public spaces play a vital social and political role, especially in cities where they are essential to producing the dynamism and variety that make urban places attractive to many. Under the imposition of austerity, cities are increasingly experiencing the creep of pseudo-public […]

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    The right to great design: taking (community-led) action

    By Katherine Horsham Conversation at the recent Glass-House event in London seemed to quickly conclude we do have the right to great design. It’s even enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human rights (Article 25). But when we started discussing how this right is enacted and what responsibility different actors should take to get there, […]

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  • Workshop with Age UK Enfield 2016

    A glimpse of future possibilities for dementia care design

    By Stephen Smith Our recent workshop with Age UK in Enfield was a whistle-stop review, an inspiring tour and also a glance to the future possibilities – all wrapped into a busy morning. It once again confirmed the advantages of getting everyone around the table early in the design process to think through the objectives […]

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  • Growing Bridgend Farmhouse together

    Tucked away between housing estates in southern Edinburgh, and next to a thriving community allotment, Bridgend Farmhouse languished derelict for many years. Now local volunteers have given it a new lease of life through collaborative grassroots action to achieve the first ever asset transfer for nil cost, from Edinburgh City Council. In 2010 a group […]

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  • Marple: A community taking action

    “Marple is one of the best places in the world, and Marple Civic Society is proud to be the civic society for the area. However, our mission is to make Marple an even better place to live.” Gillian Postill, Chair Marple Civic Society Since The Glass-House was invited to support the community in Marple in […]

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  • Delivering Homes Differently: Understanding community-led housing in high demand urban areas

    On 16 March 2016, the day that George Osbourne made a budget announcement of £60 million pounds for community-led housing, we brought together community activists, designers, funders, academics, local authorities, housing associations, developers and policy advisors to explore the current landscape for community led housing in high demand urban areas. Here are some of the […]

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  • Celebrate great design in your area: Civic Voice Design Awards

    The Civic Voice Design Awards 2016 are now open for applications and I would strongly encourage communities across England to apply. I have the honour of being on the judging panel for the Awards, for the second year in a row. Like others, this awards scheme celebrates the quality of design, development and conservation of […]

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  • Celebrating and supporting collaboration in housing in 2015

    Over the past fifteen years, The Glass-House has worked with many social housing providers to support communities and staff to learn, collaborate and make positive changes to improve local places. The past year has been no different and we are proud to share our stories as part of #HousingDay as the sector “celebrates the positive […]

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  • Learning from community open spaces: Spaces by Design with Wandle Housing Association tenants and staff

    Designing and managing public space is complex work, and often spaces are established or improved, only to find that after a while they aren’t successful. Earlier this year we explored the challenges and opportunities around public and communal spaces in a Spaces by Design course with Wandle Housing Association residents and staff in South London. […]

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