• Welcome to our new website

    Welcome to our new website. In our 10th year as an independent charity, and celebrating 15 years of delivering hands-on support to projects, people and places, The Glass-House is delighted to launch a new website, the beginning of an online archive of the hundreds of projects we’ve supported over that time. Our new website is designed to […]

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  • New film captures community dreams for the future of Bow

    How can utopian thinking support the creation of better places? Prototyping Utopias from Glass-House Community Led Design on Vimeo. This new film by Emma Crouch (i say RAAR) conveys the activities, dreams and reflections of those who took part in the activities of our Prototyping Utopias projects held in Bow, in April and May 2016. […]

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  • Making Space for community led housing film

    New film: Making space for community-led housing in urban areas

    Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues in the UK today. Community-led housing is an opportunity for communities to provide their own solutions to how they wish to live. Community-led housing can empower communities, strengthen local relationships and lead to places that are better-designed, more sustainable and well-loved. In March 2016, The Glass-House […]

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  • Dreaming about Bow’s future by ‘Prototyping Utopias’

    Community invited to dream about Bow’s future What would your ideal Bow look like? The Glass-House, the Open University and local organisations are inviting local people in Bow, East London to take part in Dreaming Utopias, a free community open day, to share their dreams and ideas for the area. On Saturday 30 April, from […]

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  • New knowledge exchange programme on community led housing

    We are delighted to announce that The Glass-House and London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative (LCNC) are jointly working to increase the knowledge and understanding of community-led housing nationally. Focusing on urban areas of high demand for housing, we will deliver a series of knowledge exchange activities in Spring 2016 including an event, a film and supporting […]

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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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  • New chair of The Glass-House Board of Trustees

    Earlier this year, Prue Chiles, Professor of Architectural Research at Newcastle University, was appointed to our Board of Trustees as chairperson. Words from Prue: I am delighted to be chairing the Board of Trustees for The Glass-House at such an interesting time in its history. I have been associated with The Glass House almost since […]

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  • The Prefab Museum: A project to document and celebrate a unique form of British housing

    By Jane Hearn The History of Prefabs in Lewisham In 1935 The London County Council purchased farmland north of Whitefoot Lane from Lord Forster’s estate, for the purpose of construction of the North Downham estate, a community centre and doctor’s surgery. The prefab estate of 187 homes was constructed between 1945-7 on an open space […]

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  • New partnership between The Glass-House and The Open University’s Design Group

    We’re delighted to announce that The Glass-House and The Design Group at The Open University have embarked on a strategic partnership that will innovate, support and promote community-led, participatory and co-design practice for the benefit of better places for all.  This partnership will bring together the skills, resources and outreach of the University and our […]

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