• Alder Hey Hospital

    Get inspired by Alder Hey in the Park

    I recently visited Alder Hey in the Park, a new children’s hospital in Liverpool, and was hugely impressed by their new complex and by their approach to using design to reimagine what a hospital can be. An award winner shares their learning As a member of the judging panel on the Civic Voice Design Awards, […]

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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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  • 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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  • How can we learn something from every experience with place?

    The irony of it. The day after returning from our debate in Edinburgh exploring the relationship between place and health and wellbeing, I found myself with a cast on my foot, having to navigate London on crutches. While tackling patched up pavements, I was reminded of one of the key themes from our conversation in […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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