Open-City (formerly Open House)
44-46 Scrutton Street
020 3006 7008
020 7383 5722
020 7377 6972
Good design has a massive impact on the quality of our lives. Open-City is a unique, independent organisation committed to raising the standard for London’s architecture and built environment by opening people’s eyes and minds to good design – through debate, dialogue, learning and direct experience of excellent spaces and places.
With a basis of experience, expertise and research built up over a decade and a half, Open-City encourages Londoners to explore and re-examine their city, to debate how architecture affects their daily lives, and to discover and appreciate how they can really influence change in the built environment.
Our programmes are shaped by our three main target audiences:
Engaging the general public – opening doors for all Londoners to experience and learn about the architecture of the capital’s most interesting and significant landmarks.
Learning for young Londoners – providing architectural education for students in London’s schools; involving London’s young people in the design of spaces and places.
Advocating good design amongst decision-makers – working with local authority officers and councillors, regeneration professionals and developers to advocate for good design throughout the city. This includes policy and decision making related to art in public spaces.
We are not open to the public
Open-City's Education Team offer free annual programmes for primary and secondary school students to investigate inspiring architecture, teacher training sessions, family activities, holiday workshops and more. Contact Ros Croker, Education Projects Coordinator for further details - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open-City Architecture Tours: Photography - From Wren to Rogers
Explore the architecture of the City of London from Wren to Rogers with this photographic walking tour looking at how to effectively photograph the City, a hugely impressive mix of history and modernity, where new vistas are continually opening of this ever-changing cityscape. On this tour, led by Anthony Coleman acclaimed architectural photographer you will discover different ways of observing and photographing the City. This is an introductory tour with a your guide, a member of the architectural photography agency View Pictures on hand to guide you and answer any questions. The tour will cover optimum time of day to photograph the City’s buildings. By the end of this tour you should be able to identify differing architectural styles in the City and different approaches to architectural photography.
Participants should be familiar with the manual functions of their camera. You MUST bring your own camera.
Walking tour departing from City of London Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard
EC4M 8BX. Duration 3 hours approx
City of London Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX
A website full of architectural games, facts and activities for children.
Architecture Link: Meetings With Buildings
A website providing rich information about significant London buildings, initially from the last 100 years. We aim to unlock the architectural content of London buildings and provide multi-faceted viewpoints.
You can search for particular buildings geographically, by building type and by architect.
How to obtain
If you know about a building described on the site, have been involved with it or want to add a contribution, please email email@example.com and include “Meetings” in the subject field.
My Green School Eco-Design Resource
All London primary school teachers can sign up to receive the new free cross-curricular Eco-Design: My Green School resource. This introduces ideas and guidance for leading sustainable design activities as part of CABE's Green Day initiative.
Whether you have one lesson, one day or one half term the resource supports you to lead an investigation into how sustainable your school building is. It includes activity ideas and resources for exploring green design features and creative suggestions for how to help your students design a more sustainable alternative. Find out more by contacting Ros Croker firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open-City Education Team