The language of design and placemaking can be jargon-heavy, hard to define and mean different things to different people.

As terms like co-design and co-creation become more prevalent in public awareness, how do we move beyond buzzwords and box-ticking towards effective and inspiring approaches to employ? What types of skills and civic awareness can these processes embed in people, and what is the impact for places?

Join us as Living Space for an interactive evening of brainstorming, story-telling and skill sharing as we unpack the terms co-design and co-production, and explore how they differ from community-led and participatory design, and what they really mean and can offer in practice.

Beyond Buzzwords is open to anyone with an interest in place shaping and the built environment and will be a safe and neutral spaces to explore, experiment and interact as citizens, students and professionals – prior experience is not required, and every type of expertise is relevant.

This is a free event, but places are limited. Register now to reserve your place. If you have any special requirements to help you fully participate in this event, please contact us at info@theglasshouse.org.uk.

In partnership with the Design Group at Open University.


Community-led and community-engaged design are increasingly part of the narrative of development and regeneration, but what does this really mean in practice for those involved? How can we navigate the language and various approaches of people-centred design and ensure these processes are effective at enabling agency for local people?

The Glass-House 2018/19 national event series, We Design, kicks off in London on Wednesday, 17 October, with events following in Sheffield in November and in Edinburgh in January 2019, before returning back to London with our round-up event in March 2019.

We Design events will be active spaces, in which participants work together to develop ideas, proposals and prototypes which challenge their own and other people’s perceptions of design and placemaking.