A year on from the first lockdown linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, we look back on a year in which we have had to reconsider how we engage communities in shaping their places.

Our final event in The Glass-House Co-designing Sustainable Places series looks back on our 2020/21 WEdesign online series, in which we have been exploring how we empower people and communities to work creatively and collaboratively towards more sustainable places, and to do so with the limitations of social distancing.  

The event will bring together students and tutors from our series partners UCL Bartlett, The Glasgow School of Art and University of Sheffield, as well as community activists, design and regeneration practitioners, housing providers, policy makers, researchers and others for a pause for reflection, and to share what we have learned through the series and in the past year.   

The event will also incorporate research carried out by UCL MSc Planning students on how placemakers around the country have been adapting to new ways of communicating and interacting through design engagement online and off.

Co-design in the Time of Covid will be a space for open discussion and debate and for sharing experiences and learning. We invite you to join us and to help build momentum for truly inclusive and interactive spaces for collaborative design aimed at creating more inclusive, equitable and sustainable places. 

This is a free event, but places are limited. Please register here to secure your place.

About the Series

Co-designing Sustainable Places explores issues and co-design propositions for reshaping our neighbourhoods within the context of our climate emergency, the Covid-19 Pandemic and place-based inequalities.

This year, our WEdesign event series is a little different, and will bring people together to innovate and test new ways of working collaboratively and creatively through a range of both digital and more traditional co-design tools and techniques.

The Glass-House is working with academics and students around the country to co-design and co-facilitate these free interactive online events that bring together community activists, practitioners, students, researchers, academics, policy makers, voluntary, public and private sector professionals and representatives from the design, housing and development industries.

If you missed the other events in the series you can catch up on our Vimeo page.