Celebrate great design in your area: Civic Voice Design Awards

The Civic Voice Design Awards 2016 are now open for applications and I would strongly encourage communities across England to […]

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Posted on Jan 6, 2016

People, place and policy: our evidence to the House of Lords

On 11 November, I gave oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built […]

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Posted on Dec 8, 2015

Collaboration for Innovation in Place – a breakfast workshop

The Glass-House believes that collaboration in placemaking can significantly improve the quality of places and how people interact with them. […]

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Posted on Oct 7, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Iryado

Places that support, teach and empower Following the tsunami, there was an outpouring of support with volunteers arriving from other […]

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Posted on May 20, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Octopus-Kun – a place to craft

The power of activity and enterprise Following the tsunami, one of the biggest challenges for local people, particularly those whose […]

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Posted on May 18, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Community Gardening

Displacement and personal investment in temporary spaces One of the initiatives led by the local government following the displacement and […]

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Posted on May 15, 2015

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 […]

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Posted on May 13, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: The sea as a resource

Can preventative infrastructure compromise the quality and livelihood of a place? Minamisanriku has an economy that is based primarily on […]

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Posted on May 11, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Houses or shops?

How can new housing be built in a way that ensures it is supported by local infrastructure? While in Minamisanriku, […]

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Posted on May 8, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: What does place mean to us?

Negotiating different personal and community associations with a building or place Minamisanriku is in many ways an idyllic setting, a […]

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Posted on May 7, 2015