CLEAR VILLAGE is a London-based charity that helps communities build a better future through creative regeneration. Embracing the philosophy of Recoded City we plan to facilitate the development of “Commons”: the underused assets of a community that can be brought to life with some innovative thought.
We work together with partners like social landlords, local councils and community groups to bring durable change to communities. We identify community challenges, build on existing community commons and involve community members through participatory design. Since no two communities are the same, no two CLEAR VILLAGE projects are the same either.
The variety of our work shows the breadth of creative regeneration in practice. Our projects range from setting up co-sharing office spaces to foster social entrepreneurship, to finding novel uses for empty or underused spaces, to carrying out communication campaigns to build new community brands. What unites all our work is that we co-create solutions together with communities and ignite resilience from within.
CLEAR VILLAGE was founded by Thomas Ermacora in 2009 and registered as a UK charity in 2011. Whilst most of our work is UK-based, we have carried out projects in 10 countries across Europe as well as in Ecuador and China. We are supported by a global network of experts in fields ranging from urbanism and sustainability to technology and anthropology to help us deliver innovative solutions.
Guided by the vision of Thomas Ermacora CLEAR VILLAGE will continue to seek out opportunity to develop commons and undo the effects of uninspired placemaking everywhere we touch.