The Open House Worldwide programme continues to grow …
For the full list of Open House Worldwide events in 2019 see the Calendar.
Open House Worldwide is the world’s longest-established, largest and fastest-growing network of urban architecture festivals for the public. Founded in 1992, it now includes 46 cities on every continent, with 4 more – Brno, Tallinn, Valencia and Naples – joining this year. The ‘family’ of cities is continually expanding and is set to include at least 50 cities by 2020.
Open House is a simple but powerful concept – providing free access over a 48hr period to an incredible range of outstanding public and privately owned buildings. As a global concept, Open House reaches nearly 1 million people globally each year.
All the Open House events share a common commitment to openness and inclusivity but are independently produced across the globe. They have a proven record in not only fostering civic engagement and pride, but also helping people to become more informed about the architecture and public space of their city, now and into the future.
World cities see an Open House event as the best way to profile the effect that planning, conservation, design and regeneration of the contemporary city has on the quality of their citizens’ lives, and interest continues to grow in other cities as this turns into a powerful cultural movement with unique reach.
‘In many ways citizens can feel excluded from architecture, often seen as the preserve of professionals. But this does not mean they haven’t wanted to explore and debate the quality of architecture and places: there was just no opportunity for them to do so. In every city, Open House creates a unique independent and informal forum where policymakers, the public and professionals meet on an equal basis.’
Victoria Thornton OBE Hon FRIBA, Founder, Open House
NEW CITIES JOIN THE OPEN HOUSE WORLDWIDE FAMILY
In 2019 inaugural Open House events take place in:
BRNO, Czech Republic (13-14 April)
TALLINN, Estonia (27–28 April)
VALENCIA, Spain (4–5 May)
NAPLES, Italy (26–27 October)
The Founder of Open House, Victoria Thornton OBE, will be launching these events in each city.