• EDP Live: celebrating community-led design in historic places of worship

    By Sophia de Sousa and Katerina Alexiou On 12 February, 2020, The Empowering Design Practices research team gathered with partners and community collaborators, colleagues, funders and friends to celebrate five years of research exploring community leadership in design within the context of historic places of worship. This was a day to share learning and the […]

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  • Learning from makerspaces

    By Grace Crannis As part of the Fostering Creative Citizens through co-design and public makerspaces* research project, The Glass-House team along with our colleagues from Brunel University and visitors from Tongji University took part in a makerspace study tour to learn about what makes them work. The project runs from October 2018 until September 2021, and […]

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  • Bow moves: what would you do with this space?

    By Emma Newman On Saturday May 12th, EDP supported Bow Church to host ‘Bow Moves’ – a community event exploring potential uses of their building. The afternoon explored the possibility of forming new connections with local organisations and businesses, prompting them with the question “What would you do with this space?” The competition format helped […]

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  • Gaming as a design engagement tool

    By Grace Crannis As part of our series of Design Studio workshops in our Empowering Design Practices research project, The Glass-House worked alongside partners The Open University to run  a gaming session for a group of Year 5 school children from St Mark’s Church of England Primary School. The workshop was co-designed and co-facilitated by […]

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  • Layers of Community: Design Training Sheffield 2018

    By Myra Stuart Examples of how local communities are the experts abounded at our latest Design Training workshop, while a Buddha in a belfry showed us the importance of considering the multiple levels of what community can be and the ways in which communication can be paramount. New to The Glass-House, I was part of […]

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  • Bow Study Tour: Reinventing Places of Worship

    By Grace Crannis Unlocking community gems in the heart of London.  The latest Study Tour event organised by the Empowering Design Practices (EDP) research project on the 22nd August, was an inspirational opportunity to explore the potential for community-led design to enhance and reimagine historic places of worship. Through site visits to three unique places […]

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