• 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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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Should we build less and reuse more? #3

    By Liz Crisp It seems crazy to be writing a blog about whether or not it’s better to build or re-use our existing buildings. Clearly we should re-use, retrofit where necessary or re-purpose our buildings, NOT can be very sustainable. The obvious questions we should be asking ourselves is “WHY don’t we re-use our existing […]

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  • Place Potential: Can young people be placemakers?

    The second debate of our 2013/14 Debate Series, Place Potential, on Wednesday 20th November continued this year’s exploration by asking, “can young people be placemakers?” The response was a resounding “Yes!” from our four speakers and audience, but not without challenging questions and insights from audience and panel alike. Kevin Franks of Regional Youth Work […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can young people be placemakers? #2

    By Jen Marriott As a Town Planner by trade, I know all too well that placemaking isn’t easy for anyone anywhere.  It involves a lot of discussion, evidence, consultation, involvement and most importantly decision-making.  In recent years, the government has continued to apply pressure to engage people in planning ensuring they are involved and have […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can young people be placemakers? #1

    By Glass-House Enabler Catherine Greig This question makes me want to shout a resounding YES! I believe that the people best placed to shape change in their neighbourhood are those who live, work and play there and this includes people of all ages, from all backgrounds.  To me this is a little like asking ‘can […]

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  • Place Potential: Can we improve health through placemaking?

    Last Wednesday, October 9th, we opened our 2013/14 Debate Series Place Potential by asking our Scottish audience to respond to the provocation – can we improve health through placemaking? The choice of this theme was in part inspired by the words of Rev. Christopher Rowe at our Glasgow debate in October 2012 who opened his […]

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  • Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can we improve health through placemaking? #1

    By Matt Bridgestock, Glass-House Enabler As part of the RIAS ‘Architect in the House’ scheme earlier this year, I visited an elderly couple in the east end of Glasgow. They lived in a rather pleasant Victorian sandstone bungalow and had asked me to look at a loft extension so that their family could stay more […]

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