Published in 2016

Prototyping Utopias set out to test a number of approaches to engaging a cross-section of a community in thinking about the future of their place and to using design to prototype local ideas and solutions.

The Glass-House and the Open University are involved as lead partners in a five-year project, Empowering Design Practices, through which we are working with Bow Church in east London to support them in thinking about how to unlock the potential of their building for wider community use.

Filmmaker Emma Crouch was commissioned to create a film that conveys the activities, dreams, and reflections of those who took part in the Prototyping Utopias project in April and May 2016.

An evocative soundtrack of utopian dreams captured through a participatory sound installation gives voice to local aspirations and desires and inspires others to think about the future of their own places. The film was screened at Somerset House during the Utopia Fair weekend.

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Prototyping Utopias from Glass-House Community Led Design on Vimeo.