A community toolkit for co-designing good homes.


The Good Homes Alliance community toolkit.

Housing is hugely important and there are huge pressures to build more homes to meet growing demand. Not all homes are created equal, however, and it is rare for a community to have a meaningful engagement in the planning process.

Working with CABE at the Design Council and the Good Homes Alliance, Made Open co-designed a toolkit to enable residents and housing developers to work together; in so doing ensuring homes are well designed, sustainable and meet the needs of the community.

Recognised as experts in public engagement and using creative approaches to design challenges, we were asked to engage a range of community groups. We ran several workshops across the country, talked with local action groups and sought feedback on ideas and resources. We worked closely with housing and planning experts; including members from the Good Homes Alliance, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Cabe.

Our final product was a process guide with a number of  ‘off the shelf’ activities and methods for engaging the wider community and facilitating collaborative workshops.

After creating the first iteration of the physical toolkit, Cabe and the other partners were keen to test all the resources in a live community environment, which we did. In addition, we created a responsive website to help subscribed communities download and test the toolkit.