What We Do
With 24 years' experience, Open-City helps to challenge perceptions,
break down barriers and inspire people to demand high-quality places
for current and future generations. Our pioneering programmes and initiatives
are designed to meet the needs of decision-makers, young people and the
wider community, and it is the success of these that has positioned us
as a progressive and influential authority amongst these groups.
Open-City has developed an approach that focuses on offering opportunities
- Learn by experiencing and exploring
- Build understanding and knowledge
- Express views
- Use knowledge to influence policy and practice
Our programmes are shaped by our three main target audiences:
- Enabling communities and professionals to engage in the built environment
Working with local authority
officers and councillors, regeneration professionals and developers,
and other decision-makers to advocate for good design throughout the
city. This includes policy and decision making related to art in public
Green Sky Thinking Week
A week long, London-wide events programme for built environment and property
professionals highlighting innovative thinking and practice on how we
'design in' sustainability for London. Featuring 45+ B2B and expert-led
events including informal on-site and live project talks, seminars and
round table discussions.
- Education for young people
Providing architectural education for students
in London’s schools; involving young people in the design
of spaces and places.
Accelerate! Into University Mentoring Scheme
Accelerate! is a brand new mentoring programme for students in years 11 and 12 at London state schools, delivered in partnership with UCL and Make Architects, to widen access to higher education architecture-related courses.
Architecture in Schools Primary
Architecture in Schools: Primary is a comprehensive and packed programme for primary school students in year 5 and 6 (8-11 year olds). The programme brings students into contact with key pieces of exemplary London architecture. Building explorations encourage young people to become ‘architectives’, to look for clues, learn design skills and see ways in which people use space. This direct experience leads on to creative workshops in the classroom.
Architecture in Schools Secondary
Architecture and the built environment is something that has an impact on all our daily lives but it is the one thing we generally don’t learn about. Open-City has been delivering architecture education programmes for over 10 years and works with 3,000 young people a year. All of our education programmes are FREE to state schools and draw on our experience as a leader in the field of architecture education.
'My Green School' Resource
My Green School is an initiative developed by Open-City to give children aged 7 to 11 across the UK the opportunity to learn about, and be inspired by sustainable architecture through first hand investigations of their own school building.
- Engagement for the public
Enabling all Londoners
to experience and learn about the capital’s most
interesting and significant architecture.
Year Round Architecture Tours
Throughout the year Open-City programme boat, walking, photography and
even cycle tours to discover the iconic and the hidden places of London.
With specialist guides helping you look at the themes and issues
shaping the capital today, from the design of homes, to infrastructure
and urban landscapes.
Open House London
Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September is your unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free.
Open House Worldwide
Open House' is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. Open House initiatives invite everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. The concept has been established in over 20 cities around the world including London, New York, Melbourne, Rome and many more.
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The changing face of London
Read about all our pioneering programmes designed for people to learn about and advocate for the value of good design through first-hand experience
Regular polls, surveys and research into Londoners' attitudes towards design quality and built environment issues
Find out how Open-City provides independent advice and support to communities