For this season of Glass-House chats, we’ve taken inspiration for the Chat topics from our previous attendees and the latest trends and debate in the fields of design and placemaking. If you’d like to contribute, please email with your suggestions.

About this Session

What happens when the general public takes urbanism and placemaking into their own hands? 

We have seen the rise of guerilla gardening, where people take over and garden on underused bits of green space in urban spaces without seeking the consent of landowners. 

What if people started transforming the other under-used or unloved spaces with temporary or permanent installations or interventions? How would we feel about a new kind of “guerilla urbanism”? 

This Chat will explore ideas around guerilla urbanism, unpicking its relationship with individual and collective power in placemaking, and the place of guerilla urbanism as a potential tool in our placemaking belts.

About the Series

Glass-House Chats is a safe space to ask questions, explore ideas, approaches and methods, share learning and make connections. These are free sessions, conceived for local authority officers but open to all who are interested, to help build confidence and capacity in the sectors to engage communities in design and placemaking

The sessions will be chaired by The Glass-House team and Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa, who will briefly introduce the theme and then open the floor for an informal and open discussion among participants.

To ensure space for meaningful discussion, places are limited to a small group. Key discussion points will be collated and shared after each session.