• 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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  • Celebrating and supporting collaboration in housing in 2015

    Over the past fifteen years, The Glass-House has worked with many social housing providers to support communities and staff to learn, collaborate and make positive changes to improve local places. The past year has been no different and we are proud to share our stories as part of #HousingDay as the sector “celebrates the positive […]

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  • Learning from community open spaces: Spaces by Design with Wandle Housing Association tenants and staff

    Designing and managing public space is complex work, and often spaces are established or improved, only to find that after a while they aren’t successful. Earlier this year we explored the challenges and opportunities around public and communal spaces in a Spaces by Design course with Wandle Housing Association residents and staff in South London. […]

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  • Place: the sum of parts? Think piece #2

    By Jez Hall A little story about Levenshulme’s secret lake (this piece leads on from Jez Hall’s first think piece for our Manchester debate ‘Place: the sum of parts?’) It doesn’t even have a name yet. A post industrial reservoir that fed a 19th century bleach works. Closed many years ago the site became derelict […]

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  • Power in Dirt: Two Urban Farms and their Strategies for Neighbourhood Cultivation

    By Martha Isaacs Growing up in a rural area in northern Maryland, USA, I formed my sense of self with dirt both embedded my soul and trapped underneath my fingernails. My family lives on a plot of land that my grandfather bought in the 1950s, and sits in a county with over 55,000 acres in […]

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  • Lessons from Minamisanriku: Iryado

    Places that support, teach and empower Following the tsunami, there was an outpouring of support with volunteers arriving from other regions of Japan and from abroad to help with the clean-up and rebuilding of Minamisanriku. In a community which previously boasted a resort hotel that could accommodate 1300 people, and was a popular tourist destination, […]

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  • Lessons from Minamisanriku: Koala Library

    What are the most important civic buildings? The first civic building that was rebuilt in Minamisanriku after the tsunami was the Koala Library.  The impetus to rebuild came when, following the tsunami, local children were seen reading under streetlghts outside the temporary relief shelters. It became clear that for these children, reading offered both an […]

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  • Big Insights: What next for community spaces?

    Last week I attended an event organised by Big Lottery Fund to help them consider the future of their funding for community spaces. Various organisations and charities who work with and support local people on public and open space projects were there to listen to others and to share their own experiences. The public space […]

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