• Helping groups rediscover their buildings through design training, Empowering Design Practices

    Helping groups to rediscover their buildings through design training

    Sometimes, when a community-based organisation is looking after a building, the challenges of the everyday can be overwhelming. This is particularly true when the building must cater to a variety of different needs and users and when it is in need of refurbishment. When the heritage of the building is significant as well, this adds […]

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  • Workshop with Age UK Enfield 2016

    A glimpse of future possibilities for dementia care design

    By Stephen Smith Our recent workshop with Age UK in Enfield was a whistle-stop review, an inspiring tour and also a glance to the future possibilities – all wrapped into a busy morning. It once again confirmed the advantages of getting everyone around the table early in the design process to think through the objectives […]

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  • A clear vision and great design at St Michael and All Angels

    One of the elements of our Empowering Design Practices project is to visit places of worship that have made physical changes to their building, and to speak to those involved about the process and impact of those changes. We want to learn from their experience to help others, and to consider the roles of design […]

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  • We must be ambitious and dare to dream about the ideal: Dreaming Utopias in Bow

    When people are asked to consider the future of their place, most often it is through a consultation exercise to inform local services or local development. Consultation practice is guided by the principles of setting clear parameters and managing expectations. Working with our Strategic Partner, the Open University, we were keen to explore what would […]

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  • Growing Bridgend Farmhouse together

    Tucked away between housing estates in southern Edinburgh, and next to a thriving community allotment, Bridgend Farmhouse languished derelict for many years. Now local volunteers have given it a new lease of life through collaborative grassroots action to achieve the first ever asset transfer for nil cost, from Edinburgh City Council. In 2010 a group […]

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  • Marple: A community taking action

    “Marple is one of the best places in the world, and Marple Civic Society is proud to be the civic society for the area. However, our mission is to make Marple an even better place to live.” Gillian Postill, Chair Marple Civic Society Since The Glass-House was invited to support the community in Marple in […]

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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: the sum of parts? Think piece #1

    By Jez Hall Place for a community to live The upcoming Glass-House Manchester debate on ‘Place, a sum of parts?’ has made me reflect on my own particular arc of experience as a layabout, activist, parent, and now a community capacity builder. Manchester is my home, a place I have raised my kids, earned my […]

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  • What makes for a successful community led project?

    Earlier in May we revisited the Gamlingay Eco Hub in Bedfordshire for the second of our new Hosted Tours. Supported by The Glass-House in 2005, we were all struck by how much the community had achieved and how well the building works. Not only has the team vastly improved the sports facilities of its previous […]

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  • Enabler Voices: Inspiration at the end of a roller-coaster journey

    By Tina Gough What a delight it was for me to see Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau settled in their brand new home. This Hosted Tour organised by The Glass-House and Gateshead CAB allowed me, as one of their enablers, to see just how far Gateshead CAB has travelled (a long way) since my first involvement […]

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