• Place Potential Think Piece Series: Can we improve health through placemaking? #2

    By Steven Tolson Travelling by bike will help your health and make better places People make Places Students of place making will know about Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl’s propositions that people make places.  However, the debate in place making tends to be focussed on the physical entity but the reality is that buildings and […]

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  • People, place and value: the golden triangle?

    The day after our debate ‘People, place and value: the golden triangle?’ I spent the afternoon at Goldsmiths Community Centre (in Grove Park, South London) with some of the centre’s members and I was struck by the value of this group of people to their place, and the value of their place to them. ‘Place […]

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  • Love and placemaking..

    Intrinsic to everything we do at The Glass-House is the idea that people are at the heart of places, and through our annual Debates Series we create a space for people to explore and challenge their views and involvement in placemaking. At our recent debate in Liverpool the stand-out comment for me, which came from […]

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  • Does involving local people in placemaking make business sense?

    “We’ve got to stop talking and start listening’, declared Guy Butler, Projects Director, Grosvenor as he opened the third debate in our national series Putting People in their Place held in Liverpool on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). Guy and fellow speakers Andrew Teage, Planning Director, BDP […]

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  • What value do local people bring to placemaking?

    The Glass-House Debate Series held annually, encourages all those with an interest in great placemaking and community led initiatives to engage in a open, honest dialogue, to share their stories and listen to the experiences of others. For the second debate in this year’s series, our chair Josef Ransley (a community leader, and district councillor […]

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  • Enabler Voices: ‘What value do local people bring to placemaking?’

    By Richard Crutchley, Glass-House Enabler Google ‘Andover Estate’ and you’ll find a relentless list of negative outpourings about this sprawling but dense Council estate north of the Seven Sisters Road – police, assaults, witnesses, drugs, gangs, fear, murder.  You might find that Ann Widdecombe spent a night or two on the estate in 2006 and […]

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  • If crap places kill people, what can great places do?

    “Crap places kill people.” Christopher Rowe, a Church of Scotland Minister and resident of one of Glasgow’s most impoverished areas made a searingly honest and powerful statement at the first of our Putting People in their Place debates in Glasgow this week. We asked our audience and speakers Rowe, Brian Evans and Christopher Breslin, to […]

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  • Learning from the front line of community led design

    After four fantastic years at The Glass-House, I am leaving at the end of this week to start a new challenge. Here’s what I’ve learned from my experiences: Design heals all wounds – coming together to work on the fundamentals of how to make a place better has the power to resolve tensions within a […]

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  • Debate round-up: How can great places create value for local people?

    ‘How can great places create value for local people?’ was the question posed at the first debate in our national series Putting People in their Place in partnership with The Academy of Urbanism, held in Glasgow on Wednesday 10 October 2012. The setting was an old covered market in Glasgow’s Barras area (Barras Art & […]

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  • The show’s over… let the legacy begin

    Monday’s London parade marked the end of our Olympic summer.  I think that all said, we Brits are pretty pleased with how it’s gone. We delivered a Games to be proud of in a series of sports venues in both established and treasured London destinations, and in our spanking new Olympic Park and sports arenas. […]

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