How can we uncover the opportunities high streets could offer local people, and enhance the role they can play in making them thrive?

Reconfiguring Place: High Streets is the second event in the 2019/20 Glass-House WE design event series. With central government injecting £1 billion in funding into high street renewal, there is a real opportunity for us to reimagine how our high streets serve their local communities.

We’ll look at ways we can we embed collaborative, community values in the design process to imagine what a vibrant high street could look like. What can we learn from the ideas and actions emerging around the country? Join us for an evening of hands-on collaborative design activities and discussion, and bring your own experience, skills and creativity to the conversation.

The Glass-House are partnering with Historic England and The Design Group at Open University for this event to explore opportunities for working together creatively, in Blackpool and beyond. The event is free, but places are limited. Please register to secure your place.

About the Reconfigure Place Series

For this event series, we are exploring the prominent topics that are influencing the design of places today. The series will explore how our collective assets can be mobilised to support local networks and initiatives, as well as building agency and unleashing the potential of people and places.

WE design events are active spaces, where people come together to build on their collective experience, skills and creativity. Each will combine collaborative co-design activities, discussion and debate.

We launched the series with Intergenerational Cities in Glasgow on 17 October. Next, we’ll head to Blackpool to explore High Streets in November, and Housing in Manchester in February. The findings, observations, ideas and recommendations we gather will be shared at our final event in London in March 2020.