• 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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  • 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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