Is the current model for volume house building responding adequately to people, place and planet? 

Alternative models are on the rise, including those that bring together intentional communities of people who have chosen to live (and sometimes work) together for some common purpose.  

What role could co-housing play in helping those with shared values to connect with each other and share facilities, resources and capacity for mutual benefit? How could this help create more connected communities that tackle the growing problems of loneliness and isolation? 

How can a shared investment in a way of living help people get the homes they want and need, and bring a broader range of construction and energy models into the housing supply? What are the conditions required to support more co-housing projects get off the ground?

Join us our final WEdesign event of the season, in collaboration with Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 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.

WEdesign is kindly supported by the Ove Arup Foundation

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.