Local Places, Global Issues is an event series that seeks to explore locally-based design and placemaking within the context of themes of global relevance and significance.

As the world continues to adapt to the ever-shifting influences of the Covid 19 pandemic, The Glass-House 2021/22 WEdesign event series will dive into some of the themes that have brought people together around the globe to fight for equity, celebrate diversity, tackle climate change and grapple with how we both celebrate and mitigate against the influences of our past to shape our society today.   

The Glass-House WEdesign events will be interactive spaces, where students, practitioners, policy-makers and citizens work together with The Glass-House and with students and tutors from our partner universities The Manchester School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art, University of Sheffield School of Architecture & Live Works, and University College London, Bartlett.

Together we will explore and co-design propositions to innovate design and placemaking, drawing and building on student projects that explore these global themes.    
Local Places, Global Issues is being planned as a hybrid event series, with interactive events and co-design activities taking place in person in Manchester, Glasgow, London and Sheffield as well as online. All the events in this series will be co-facilitated by students from our partner universities.

The first event in the series, Place Equity: Making great public spaces a reality for everyone, will explore place equity and how to make and maintain great places in which all feel welcome and valued. For this session, we’ll be collaborating with tutors and students at Manchester Metropolitan University.


To find out about the events series please visit our Events page. To book onto Making great public places a reality for everyone please click here. Please be aware that there will be in-person and online tickets available for this event.