Open-City - formerly Open House
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 Greenwich
- 7 December 2013 10am-1pm
Discover the panoramic vistas of Greenwich, vanishing points and lines of perspective described by Wren, Hawksmoor and mother nature. This tour, led by Grant Smith, acclaimed architectural photographer takes in 18C urban design, the finest of English Baroque architecture, green parks and the sweep of the Thames. Viewpoints high and low will give you an understanding of the importance of Greenwich in London's history and great opportunities for panoramic photographs of London.
This is an introductory tour and your guide will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions.
Participants should be familiar with the manual functions of their camera. You MUST bring your own camera.
Walking tour departing from Greenwich Tourist Information Centre
Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, London, SE10 9LW
Open-City Architecture Tours - Kings Cross Renaissance
- 7 December 2013 10am-1pm
A special walking tour of the King's Cross area, Europe’s largest city centre regeneration scheme. A combination of 20 historic and 30 new buildings set in new streets, squares and parks the development is a 25 year project creating a new place and piece of city in an area once neglected. The guide is Maggie Baddeley is a senior associate director at NLP, a town planning, economics and design consultancy based at King's Cross.
Meet: German Gymnasium - King's Cross Central Visitor Centre
26 Pancras Road N1C 4TB at 10am. Cost £24.50
Open-City Architecture on the Thames - Evening Tour
- 14 December 2013 3-5:30pm
Join Open-City for this journey down the River Thames as the sun sets and after dark when lighting dramatically re-enforces the night time presence of the impressive mix of historic and modern architecture that makes the river-front so architecturally diverse. Illuminated along the Thames embankments iconic
Somerset House (Sir William Chambers/Dixon Jones), Tate Modern (Sir Giles Gilbert Scott/Herzog & de Meuron), Oxo Tower, Royal Festival Hall (Allies and Morrison refurbishment), Foster’s City Hall and the London Eye to name a few.
Departing from Festival Pier, the tour will first go upstream, taking in Battersea Power Station, before heading downstream towards Canary Wharf, underneath colourfully lit bridges and under Tower Bridge, where a new illumination to mark the 2012 Olympics replaced the first significant illumination of 25 years, before returning to Festival Pier.
Led by a specialist guide with an in-depth knowledge, providing excellent commentary
Find out more about Benedict O’Looney here
Mulled wine for sale on board.
Cost £35.50. Duration 2.5 hours approx.
Booked only for capacity for the inside deck. Regretfully no children under 7.
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