Over the past ten years, with your support, Open City has made enormous progress to explore and cement environmental thinking and standards in the building industry through our Green Sky Thinking programme. There is still a lot to be resolved and we are far from mission complete.
Green Sky Thinking was, however, conceived as a laboratory, a ‘safe house’ for industry experts to consolidate their collective knowledge and find a voice to help shape the political agenda.
In the meantime the needs of London’s residents - in fact most urban residents around the world - have broadened. Sustainability concerns are no longer just ecological challenges; the big question now is how to make our cities more equitable and how to involve residents in shaping their neighbourhoods – the places where they live, work and play.
In brief, the sustainability agenda is now the art of public city making. This includes green issues, but goes beyond them to consider how we live together and how we can better support each other, too – the social infrastructure of cities if you like.
After much thinking, research and stakeholder consultation, we are this year producing the successor to Green Sky Thinking; in other words, a platform for both the public and professional sector to explore contemporary city-making.
And, in a collaborative spirit, we are teaming up with a major industry partner to deliver an even better and broader programme that leaves room to think, share ideas and create impact.
As long-standing supporters of Open City’s professional programmes I hope you are as excited about this step change as we are.
Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. In order to keep driving the agenda, it’s our responsibility to pre-empt the next chapter. Let’s write it together.
We will be making a joint announcement with our new partner, explaining how you can get involved, later this month.
View Green Sky Thinking 2018 here