The idea of the ‘leisure society’ was initially proposed in the 1960s and aimed to explore the potential of people having more free time, given the changes in working conditions in post-industrialised countries.

60 years on, we are perhaps more aware of issues like work-life balance and health & wellbeing, yet having ample free time remains elusive for the majority of people. Presently, there is a recognised global gender imbalance, with men having more leisure time than women in virtually every country and the spectre of Artificial Intelligence, as labour saving or job destroying, also hangs over our future lives. 

So what does a leisure society mean in today’s landscape, when leisure time is both so important and so contested? What role does leisure play in our daily lives, and how does this affect people, places and our planet? 

Join us for this free co-design event in collaboration with Live Works and students and tutors from the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture, where we will explore these issues through discussion, debate and playful making activities.

Refreshments and informal networking from 6:00 for a prompt start at 6.30pm 

This is a free event but places are limited. Book now to secure your place.

About the series

People, Place, Planet is our theme for The Glass-House 2023/24 WEdesign series. 

As we continue to shape our places, we are faced with the huge challenge of balancing our personal needs, the collective needs of our communities and those of our increasingly fragile planet.

This series will aim to identify and explore the opportunities and synergies that exist when we strive to balance people, place and planet in placemaking. 

How can we think differently about how we shape our places? How can we collaborate more through design and placemaking to value and respect people, place and planet equally?

To find out more about the full 2023/24 series, visit our People, Place, Planet page on The Glass-House website.

WEdesign is The Glass-House’s annual series of free interactive public events, held online and in-person in cities across the UK, where we explore collaborative design in placemaking through discussion, debate and playful co-design activities. 

To find out more about the WEdesign Programme, visit the WEdesign page on The Glass-House website.

WEdesign is kindly supported by the Ove Arup Foundation