• Place: designed for sharing? A round-up of our recent Edinburgh debate

    Last Wednesday in Edinburgh, we held the first debate in our 2015/16 Series, A Place for Everyone?, which explores the common elements in place that bring us together and our role in shaping them, as communities and as individuals. Exploring the question ‘Place: designed for sharing?’, we prompted our audience with questions such as: is […]

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  • Place: designed for sharing? Think piece #1

    By Becca Thomas A place for everyone: socially engaged design and spaces “The true purpose of architecture is to help make human existence meaningful” Keith Bradley, The Happiness Inbetween, essay in Building Happiness. The creation of places for everyone, socially engaged spaces and the people to inhabit them is something that has had somewhat of […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: looking back to look forward

    As we warm up for this year's Glass-House Debate Series, let's take a final look at where we ended the last Series, in March this year: 'To a More Ambitious Place' gave us ample scope to delve into our what we want for our places, bringing forward a range of voices and views, in four [...]

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  • Do we accept the status quo in place? A round-up of our London debate

    “We are both too ambitious and not ambitious enough” opened our first speaker, Alastair Donald on Wednesday at our fourth and final debate in this year’s Series To a More Ambitious Place. The British Council Director for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale told us firmly that design in placemaking was suffering from […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #3

    By Alexei Schwab The pressure is on for London to build more homes, and we are seeing a raft of new policies to stimulate delivery of housing in the Capital. In previous periods of large-scale building, place making often took a back seat: the homes might have been well-designed, but the areas suffered from a […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #2

    By Sir Tom Shebbeare An amateur planner: asset or a hazard? Challenging the status quo by using the tool of neighbourhood planning could involve making amateur planners of us all. But are we an asset or a hazard? I’m 63 and until very recently had never been involved with planning – although the concept of […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #1

    By Samar Héchaimé The question put forth is ‘Do we accept the status quo in place?’ My question is what status quo do we refer to? The status quo that place is intrinsic, characteristic and essentially emerges from our own humanity? Or the status quo that has become so prevalent due to our misunderstanding of […]

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    Urban governance: do current models support our ambitions for great places?

    This blog post was first published on the Future of Cities blog run by Foresight Projects, part of the Government Office for Science The Future of Cities paper, Comparative urban governance, begins with a clear and concise definition: Urban governance refers to the process through which democratically elected local governments and the range of stakeholders […]

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  • Is our view of place too short-sighted?

    Is our view of place too short-sighted? On Wednesday 11 February, we put this question to an engaged Bristol audience, who represented the many different faces of placemaking. First speaker, Barra Mac Ruairí, Strategic Director of Place at Bristol City Council,
 kicked off the debate with a yes-and-no answer: Yes, we currently think too short-sightedly […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Is our view of place too short-sighted? Think piece #1

    By Katy Hawkins Today we continue to see a trend of one mega structure replaced by another; we go from one quick-fix to the next. This is an approach quite visible in London today, when rather than attempt to rehabilitate what we already have, demolition is often the favoured response; this has been the source of […]

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