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

One of the key differences between a standard consultation event and a more engaged and inclusive design process is the quality of the relationships that you can forge with those who take part. Effective design engagement and building relationships with people and organisations can help you convert participants from commenters to collaborators, champions and partners. Not only is this a means of more meaningfully empowering people in the design process, but also an important strategy to ensure the long-term management and enlivenment of the places you are shaping. New relationships forged through a design process can also help build local networks and social capital that endure long after the delivery of a single project.    

This Chat will consider the why, how and when of relationship-building through design and placemaking and explore the opportunities and challenges associated with developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with diverse partners, stakeholders and user groups. 

Please book tickets for this session here.

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 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.