Open City

Open City

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Local / community
  • Young people

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Our core team works with the Open City network - built environment professionals, educators, clients and politicians - to produce Open House for the public; Open City Makers for professionals and Open City Learning for schools and communities. Our events programme uses the city itself – buildings, infrastructure and the public realm - to learn and improve our knowledge of how the built environment works. The future of city-making is equitable urban design and planning where everyone has a role in shaping their city. Open City’s diverse programme of events – which place learning through architecture at their core - is working towards that goal.


Open City aims to achieve and deliver outlined aims primarily through the creation and delivery of specific programmes. Work covers three core strands; Engagement, Education and Enabling.


-Engagement for the public: Enabling all Londoners to experience and learn about the capital’s most interesting and significant architecture. Initiatives include Open House London, Open House World Wide and year round architecture tours.

-Education for young people: Providing architectural education for students in London’s schools; involving young people in the design of spaces and places. Initiatives include Accelerate Into University Mentoring scheme, Architecture in Schools Primary and Secondary and Open House Families.

- Enabling communities and professionals to engage in the built environment: Working with local authority officers and counsellors, 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 spaces. Initiatives include Green Sky Thinking Week.

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