• 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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  • Podcast / Place: who belongs here?

    On 9 March, we held the final debate in our 2015/16 Debate Series in London, exploring the question – Place: who belongs here? Our speakers Radhika Bynon, Amina Gichinga and Des Bournes and many members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the relationship between our sense of belonging in places and how […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? A round-up of our 2016 London Debate

    In the final debate of our Series A Place for Everyone?, we set out to explore the theme of belonging and connectedness to place. Our setting was Stratford Circus Arts Centre in East London, which sits in a neighbourhood that has seen immense changes to its physical environment, with development for the 2012 Olympic Games […]

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  • Podcast / Place: a shared responsibility?

    On 3 February, we held our first ever Nottingham debate, exploring the question – Place: a shared responsibility? Our speakers Michelle Saxton, Cllr Graham Chapman, Robert Evans and many members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the barriers and opportunities to how we can work better together as citizens with those responsible […]

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  • Place: who belongs here? Think piece #2

    By Joanna Massie Place: from a shared stake to shared responsibility What makes a sense of place – and how do you empower everybody in a community to feel proud of, and able to contribute to, where they live and work? And how do you build this sense of place, through strategic interventions – and […]

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  • Place: a shared responsibility? Nottingham responds..

    For our first ever debate in Nottingham, held on Wednesday 3 February, we discussed the question: ‘Place: a shared responsibility?’. What are the rights and responsibilities that we have in shaping our places? Are there new models of collaboration that we can try? Relationships in place shaping Many people in the audience raised the importance […]

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  • Podcast / Place: the sum of parts?

    On 11 November, we held our first ever Manchester debate, exploring the question – Place: the sum of parts? Our three speakers, Lynda Shillaw, David Rudlin and Matt Fenton and members of the audience shared their views and experiences on the elements and processes that can contribute to great placemaking and explored how assets can […]

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  • Place: the sum of parts? Manchester Debate round up

    Last week we continued our Debate Series, A Place for Everyone?, with the question Place: the sum of parts? in Manchester. Place as people “Place is more than the sum of parts”, decried David Rudlin, Director at URBED. New places don’t have a “patina” of memory, tradition, belonging. These are the things that make up […]

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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 the right people have power in place? Think piece #1

    By Robert Johnson Do the right people have power in place? Who has the power to transform place? As a member of a number of institutions, I recognise that power is traditionally held in the hands of the few, not the many. As a member of North London Citizens and Citizens UK, I am taught […]

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