4 new cities join the international network opening eyes, minds and doors to great architecture for all

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


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.


2018 Open House Worldwide Season kicks off with Open House Santiago

In 2010, six cities joined Open House Worldwide. Today, 42 cities around the world have adopted the unique but simple concept of Open House, with the ‘family’ set to grow to 50 cities by 2020.

Open House is a simple but powerful concept – providing free access over a 48hr period to an incredible range of public and privately owned buildings to nearly a million people globally. Over 1 million people participate in this event globally over the year.

The Open House events, all independently produced across the globe have a proven record not only fostering civic engagement and pride, but helping to shape the wider community in becoming more knowledgeable, engaging in the dialogue and making more informed judgements on 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 worldwide as this turns into a powerful cultural movement with unique reach.

“In many ways citizens can feel excluded from architecture, with understanding and knowledge about cities and the built environment viewed as exclusively limited in the past to those within the profession. However, this does not mean citizens haven’t wanted to understand, explore and engage in dialogue about architecture and sites in their cities, simply the opportunity for the doors to be open inclusively for all, was not in place.”

Victoria Thornton OBE Hon FRIBA, Founder, Open House

NEW CITIES JOIN THE FAMILY: New Cities into the programme include the first ever Asia city – Macau, (10-11 November) with the Founder of Open House, Victoria Thornton OBE, launching its inaugural event.

Late 2018 dates and websites:

SANTIAGO, 8-9 September 2018 ohstgo.cl

VIENNA, 15-16 September 2018 openhouse-wien.at

TEL AVIV, 20-22 September 2018 batim-il.org

LONDON, 22-23 September 2018 openhouselondon.org.uk

BILBAO, 22-23 September 2018 openhousebilbao.org (in Spanish/Basque)

LISBON, 22-23 September 2018 trienaldelisboa.com

OSLO, 22-23 September 2018 openhouseoslo.org (in Norwegian)

MADRID, 29-30 September 2018 openhousemadrid.org

ZURICH, 29-30 September 2018 openhouse-zuerich.org

STOCKHOLM, 5-7 October 2018 openhousestockholm.se

DUBLIN, 12-14 October 2018 openhousedublin.com

NEW YORK CITY, 13-14 October 2018 ohny.org

BRISBANE 13-14 October 2018 brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

CHICAGO, 13-14 October 2018 openhousechicago.org

BELFAST, 18-21 October 2018 openhousebelfast.org

LIMERICK, 19-21 October 2018 openhouselimerick.ie

JERUSALEM, 20-21 October 2018 batim.itraveljerusalem.com

ATLANTA, 20-21 October 2018 ohatl.org

GDANSK, 20-21 October 2018 ohgdansk.org

BUENOS AIRES, 27-28 October 2018 openhousebsas.org

BARCELONA, 27-28 October 2018 48hopenhousebarcelona.org

MACAU, 10-11 November 2018 openhousemacau.com

PERTH, 10-11 November 2018 openhouseperth.net

THESSALONIKI, 24-25 November 2018 openhousethessaloniki.gr


Press release – “Cities for Citizens” Shaping the City of the Future, London, 31st Jan – 2nd Feb 2018


As part of UN’s World Cities Day  #citiesday  we are pleased to announce our lineup of speakers for our session ‘Cities for all citizens‘ and include  Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor, City of Vienna, Asier Abaunza, Councillor for Urban Planning, Bilbao City Council and chaired by Dr Suzanne Hall, Director, LSE Cities.

Other major speakers include:  Mark Cridge, CEO, My Society, Alastair Parvin, Co-founder, WikiHouse Foundation and Elma van Boxel/Kristian Koreman, ZUS (Rotterdam)

About World Cities Day The United Nations has designated every 31 October as World Cities Day. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
The theme for World Cities Day 31 October 2017 is Innovative Governance, Open Cities.

Click here To book a place

#CitiesDay  #cities  #citiesforall  #liveablecities




Save the Date: Shaping our Cities for the Future – conference 31 Jan – 3 Feb 2018

The third Open House Worldwide conference from 31 January to 3 February 2018 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Open House architectural festival in its birthplace, London.

With leading and world-renowned speakers from the fields of policy, governance, design and technology, among others, the conference will bring together international member city representatives, cultural agencies, built environment professionals and researchers to explore the key issues facing cities today. The overall theme will be how to explore new ways to build better public participation in planning, design and regeneration – and the place of Open House as a unique means of giving people a voice to shape the future of their cities. Speakers to include: Maria Vassilakou Vice-Mayor Vienna, Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor, London, Asier Abaunza, Bilbao City Councillor, Ali Grehan, Dublin City Council, Malcolm Middleton, Chief Architect, Brisbane City, Dr Sarah Hall, LSE, Dan Hill, Arup, Alastair Parvin, Wikihouse Foundation and David Burney, Centre for Active Design.

Conference tickets for Open House Teams ONLY click here

See : OHWW save the date conference announcement

The Autumn Season Kicks off

In 2010, six cities joined Open House Worldwide. Today, 36 cities around the world have adopted the unique but simple concept of Open House. Over 3/4 million people get out into their cities and visit over 4000 buildings with some 1000 architects explaining the design of buildings.

The new ‘kid on the block’ in September is Open House Bilbao from 23rd-24th September whilst Open House New York celebrates its 15th anniversary and Open House London, the first Open House  celebrates its 25 years since being founded by Victoria Thornton.

See the attached press release with all the 19 cities’ dates up until end of November.

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Further details available from  Christina on info@openhouseworldwide.org

More than just buildings – Open House Impact Study

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Stepping down as Director of Open-City last year, but continuing as Founder, was the opportunity for me to have some much-needed space and time to reflect on the extraordinary growth and popularity of the Open House concept and more importantly what were the ingredients for its success. Open House London – the original event which now reaches 250,000 people every year in the capital – celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017, but over the last two decades many individuals and organisations in other cities worldwide have approached me to find out how they can develop and implement the Open House concept in their own cities. As a result, Open House now take place every year in 32 cities* on five continents, with three quarters of a million people participating. Each event is developed by its local community, but the Open House cities – now within the ‘family’ known as Open House Worldwide – share one core common principle: inviting everyone to experience architecture for free and by doing so enabling them to become better informed and champion better design for their cities.

Why has the enthusiasm for this model of public engagement become so widespread and why is it so easily translated across countries and cultures? .

In the age of global urbanisation –when more people live in cities than ever before – there is ever-greater awareness of how the built environment impacts on our daily lives, and the need to support sustainability, liveability and wellbeing is common to every city, no matter its location.

A new impact study has been produced with the aim of showing how the ‘Open House’ concept has been developed and examining how and why it has been so successful around the world.  The Open House concept no doubt enables people to engage with the built environment on their own terms,  one key reason being is that Open House does not rely on specialist knowledge or indeed language – it is open to all, free and democratic and – well before the emergence of what we now call the ‘sharing economy’ – it is also collaborative and inclusive, crossing boundaries and cultural divides.  In addition by providing an independent platform – but one with significant private and public sector support from a wide range of disciplines including planning and infrastructure as well as architecture – it has become a powerful conduit to influence policy and decision-making about the built environment.

For example Jules Pipe, the Deputy Mayor of London asked how under-represented groups can have a greater stake in shaping London’s future, and remarked that Open House has a “set a benchmark for engaging people of different ages and socio-economic backgrounds in architecture and regeneration of London … work like this will be fundamental to encouraging diversity in the built environment industry, but also in supporting young people to be the decision makers of tomorrow and have a greater stake in the future of their City”

But what makes it work? Behind every Open House programme is the idea that direct experience leads to engagement, empowerment and advocacy. Physical experience of inspiring examples allows people the opportunity to explore how architecture, landscape, public realm and infrastructure actually work in real time, and focusing on high-quality design opens people’s eyes and minds to the ‘art of the possible’. Face-to-face, unmediated interactions with volunteers and professionals on hand to explain the ideas and development of their projects encourage dialogue and questioning on site, showing a building or space in context and how it relates to the wider city; this is also extended through debates, talks and other satellite events.

And so by being better informed, people feel empowered to participate more, and are better placed to influence policy decisions, to advocate for better design, and to take a more active interest and role in how their city is shaped.
Watch this space as the Open House Impact Study develops but also let me know if you have examples you want to relate directly connected to Open House or studies that reinforce our belief in this model of public engagement as would be good to share with everyone!

*London, New York, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Helsinki, Oslo, Melbourne, Barcelona, Brisbane, Slovenia, Chicago, Rome, Lisbon, Perth, Thessaloniki, Limerick, Gdynia, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Athens, Monterrey, Cork, Vilnius, Prague, Madrid, Belfast, Porto, Lagos, Milan, Zurich and Stockholm

Women in architecture: what is the way forward?

As a judge of the recent Architects’ Journal 2014 Women in Architecture awards I was of course delighted to see the achievements of so many inspirational women architects being celebrated and at last acknowledged at the Awards luncheon at the Langham Hotel last Friday.

But, the awards aside, what, as many observers have pointed out, is there to celebrate about women’s status in the architectural profession? Only about a fifth of practising architects in the UK are women, and even fewer are directors or partners.

The outcome of the AJ’s annual Women in Architecture survey this year represents a quite depressing picture – and, interestingly, more than 200 of those who filled it in were men. Two thirds of the women who answered say that they have suffered sexual discrimination, 11% once a week or more. And though women architects believed they receive equal pay to men, AJ’s research showed that they can in fact earn as much as £10,000 a year less. Again, two thirds believed that the building industry has not fully accepted the authority of the female architect.

In an age where gender equality is supposedly a given, this shows the scale of the challenge that still remains in the architectural profession, and indeed in many others. How can we respond? At the AJ Awards event, Patty Hopkins made the comment that ‘the role of an architect is so diverse. It can mean so many different things – working on projects with vast differences of scale, working in a big team for a big practice on big jobs, working for self or small office on small jobs … Perhaps the answer is in this diversity. There are roles for all.’

Currently our way of telling the story of architecture is to tell the story of individuals – and naturally because of this the focus remains on those male architects who have become world-renowned figures (yes, there is Zaha Hadid – but incredibly, she has only received this status over the last few years). There are of course other women too, but nowhere near enough. Perhaps what is needed is a greater focus on the variety of roles within the profession and the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Then we may see the contribution of women throughout the profession getting greater recognition, which may go some way further to closing the gap that still so obviously exists.

People, Place and the Planning Process

As part of its centenary year celebrations in 2014 the Royal Town Planning Institute in London has just published ‘Kaleidoscope City:  Reflections on Planning and London’, a critical collection of essays exploring the past, present and future of planning in the capital.I was asked to contribute an essay to this on ‘Looking Further: Developing a Wider Understanding of the Built Environment’. This provided an opportunity to reflect again on the relationship between the planning process, professionals and the communities they serve.

Today the right of the wider community to be consulted on development proposals has become embedded in law and emboldened in practice. Communities also now have more power to shape local planning policies, in theory at least, because of the legal framework for neighbourhood representation.

Yet there’s still a long way to go to ensure that there is long-term engagement, participation and dialogue. Unfortunately much of the day-to-day contact between planning professionals and the public is still principally through formal legal notices – perhaps out of necessity but a sad situation nonetheless. Indeed, as someone told Open-City  despondently, ‘I am not sure I even know about any new development in the area, let alone how to find out more about it. How would one know?’

Comments like this made me think again about exactly why Open House London has remained so successful over the past 20-plus years: you could say it’s simply a way for professionals and the public to meet informally and discuss and debate ideas, in a way that they can’t really do anywhere else. It gives everyone – whatever their interest and level of knowledge about architecture and planning – a space to think about what ‘good design’ really is and what they want for their local area. Seeing is believing.

If we are going to create vibrant cities we need to absorb and appreciate the messy contradictions of how people relate to the built environment on a day to day level. This is why free and democratic public engagement in planning remains so vitally important today.

Where do you make the most effort to be sustainable, at work or at home?

Sustainability in its widest sense remains one of the key issues that concern the design of our urban built environment, yet, fundamentally, ‘good design’ and ‘sustainable design’ should be the same thing. ‘Sustainability’ in its widest sense is not only concerned with lowering consumption and reducing environmental impacts through materials, processes and technologies – the ‘ecobling’ – but in addressing social and economic concerns.
Despite the rapid growth of mobile and home working, most of the working population still uses an office. But creating a truly sustainable workplace is still a challenge that developers, designers and employers are continuing to grapple with.

The vast scale of this challenge that remains in creating truly ‘sustainable’ workplaces was borne out by answers to the question ‘Where do you make the most effort to be sustainable, at work or at home?’, part of our regular surveys at Open-City on polling the public for their opinions about the built environment. Of the 300 responses to this question, almost all (92%) said ‘home’ rather than ‘work’.

So what could the reasons for this be? One strong factor evident in the responses was ‘control’, even at a basic level, e.g. ‘The power is in my hands at home. Too much is centrally controlled at work so I can’t turn out the lights in my office’, ‘fewer limitations so I can recycle and reuse as fits me …’, ‘easier to control [at home] what is recycled vs sent to landfill, and easier to control energy consumption by using energy efficient electronics and practices …’

Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking Week programme, which we have just launched for 2014, tries to tackle this complex problem head on. The programme has enjoyed a long-term partnership with the British Council for Offices, and they and many of the professionals and organisations involved in Green Sky Thinking will be continuing to explore and debate how to deliver successful solutions to well-being, staff retention and allowing the employee or office-user to optimise the use of his or her space.

From the employer’s point of view, of course, productivity is directly related to sustainably (and therefore well) designed buildings and interiors: property is only one of the main costs to a business – the other is people. We need to ensure that investment in the user – by effectively engaging them throughout the process of planning, design, construction and operation – is always at the forefront of workplace design, as it is this that will then ultimately lead to sustained business growth, and a truly sustainable working environment.

Who will fight for good design?

Where is the “Jamie Oliver” who can make architecture a big public issue?’ was a question posed in The Independent and Building Magazine connected to the forthcoming Farrell Review. Architecture is somewhat of a more complex picture than removing fast food and unhealthy ‘turkey twizzlers’ from school menus, but it’s indeed true to say that we have no charismatic champion for design quality in our cities.

We can’t say that there is always a lack of awareness of the value of good design among the public. Architecture has actually entered the public consciousness to a greater extent than one thinks – last year the Stirling Prize, for example, was covered by the BBC for the first time. Having seen how in recent decades high-quality regeneration projects have transformed the lifeblood of their cities, people are demanding more from architects and planners. The problem lies in the apparent disconnect between those who plan, design and construct a building and those who go on to use it every day: where a building doesn’t work for its users, quite often the blame is unnecessarily pinned on the architecture profession, seen as too remote and out of touch with ‘ordinary’ people.

How can we dispel the myths on both sides and create better communication? At the very least we need architects respected both inside and outside the profession who are able to be really articulate to speak out publicly against poor design.  It is heartening to see that Richard Rogers recently lambasted the quality of the Crossrail stations proposed for outer London, because, as he says, “these are important public buildings which millions will travel through … [poor design] could scar a community that uses a station for a century or so”.

Yet who else can articulate the value of good design in a way that speaks meaningfully to the public at large? If we are to match Jamie Oliver’s influence on the public, we must do for architecture what he so famously did for nutrition, and campaign for it to be introduced into schools. What we need is a number of advocates from across built environment professions to inspire future generations and ultimately strengthen architecture’s place in the public consciousness.


The Independent Review of Cultural Education in England

When an independent review into Cultural Education was announced in 2011 it looked promising for the architecture and built environment sector. The inclusion of the subject as one of the defined areas that make up Cultural Education was met with great enthusiasm, both by teachers and by the wider built environment profession.

Over the past decade there has been a real and measurable shift in the way young people learn through architecture and the built environment.  This has been a result of welcome strategic developments in education policy, favouring a move towards the wider curriculum and learning beyond the classroom. It has also been a result of the excellent work that architecture centres have done to work progressively, with a focus on delivery.

Many of the recommendations of the Cultural Education in England report, such as the Cultural Education Passport, and the commitment to training teachers and the new qualifications for cultural practitioners are to be applauded. But to leave architecture and the built environment out of such a pivotal strategic push in our education system is to ignore the current momentum and to sideline a cultural form that is as vital to our cultural and creative industries as any other.

There have been so many positive developments that we should not lose sight of. Teachers now want to take young people out of the classroom and to experience the living architecture of our towns and cities; there is now a place in our primary and secondary programmes of study to learn about architecture in science and maths, as well as cross curricular themes and priorities. We know that teachers want young people to learn about how buildings are designed and made, how town planning shapes communities, as well as how the great structures of contemporary architecture and engineering can be understood in the context of the school curriculum or an out of school cultural experience.

Learning through the built environment is also about learning to value our public spaces. From the Sheffield Peace Gardens to the Eden Project we have some of the finest examples of public space in Europe. Young people have access to great examples of civic spaces as well, to the architecture that shaped our industrial past, to bridges, and to exemplar transport environments.  We can use these to teach a broad cultural education, as well as to inspire the people who will live in and build the England of the future.

In setting out the cultural education landscape at the beginning of his report Henley includes architects in the list of practitioners working with our top performing schools. There are great programmes we can cite to back this up. In London, Open-City has, over the past 10 years, been delivering a highly successful Architecture in Schools programme for primary and secondary. More than 30,000 pupils have participated and we have support from fantastic architects. Activities such as this one and many more that take place in our classrooms across England every day have helped to shape the way young people learn through the built environment.

There has been criticism this week of Gove’s list of 30 buildings young people should see. The intention here is a good one, but even if understanding the historical contexts of our built landscape is the primary aim it makes no sense to leave so many excellent examples of modern architecture and of contemporary urban design off the list. We can be sure that if we asked a group of young people to make their own list that they would include buildings from the past, as well as those built in and before their lifetime.

Henley states that a rounded Cultural Education should have space to include newer art-forms which have yet to pass the test of time. There is nothing wrong with this. It is a surprise though that a cultural form that can be seen not only to encompass art, science and technology, and moreover one that has stood the test of time and will continue to innovate, has been squarely left of the list.

We risk losing all that we have achieved in advocating for and showing how learning can be enriched by engaging with the built environment.  No one would argue that the pledge to open up the heritage environment and show how it shaped the past of our towns, cities and people is not a welcome one.  But how far can we really engage young people with the buildings and spaces around them if we confine what they learn to structures we define as heritage? All contemporary built environments are a mixture of old, new and the in progress. We could take any city or any town in England to illustrate this point. In Manchester a young person can see the great Victorian buildings that drove the industrial revolution; in Bristol they can trace the history of the slave trade through the cities buildings and waterways. But in both these cities they can also see examples of modern architecture, of innovative planning in housing and commercial developments and of cities that evolve. Learning about the whole built environment means learning about our existing culture and places – not about something alien to us outside our culture – and is vital if we are to teach the skills, knowledge and understanding that Henley advocates in his report.

Henley highlights the expert panel for the National Curriculum Review published by DfE in 2011. One of the key recommendations of this review was a commitment to looking to international curricular and learning from the very best in other European regions.

Across the European regions architecture and the built environment are core and flourishing areas in countries where they have a Cultural Education strategy or offer.

Excluding architecture and the built environment from the Cultural Education strategy could well lead to the sector being excluded from the education reform agenda. This would be a loss, not only to the sector, which is so vital to our creative industries, but to the future of our children and young people.

Localism – what is the ‘community’?

The new Localism Bill intends to put the community at the heart of the planning system, but what constitutes the ‘community’ needs to be more clearly defined. In a city so diverse as London, no two neighbourhoods are the same and not everyone has equal resources, funds or skills to make sure that whatever they approve in the new system delivers a better-quality built environment for all who live and work here (whatever ‘community’ they consider they belong to).

If power is devolved to the people most affected by change, then it’s vital to ensure that all voices are heard. To increase neighbourhood responsibility over planning decisions without providing the means or opportunities for everyone to understand and meet those obligations could create a two-tier planning system. This could lead to even stronger divisions between those that are affluent and engaged, and those that are disadvantaged and disengaged.

Most importantly, if the ‘community’ includes only those who are able to vote, as I suspect it might, then this will only disenfranchise even more the younger generation. We know from our ongoing Open-City campaigns with young people under 18 that they feel strongly that they don’t have a say in taking decisions about how the city is shaped now – but that they will be the ones who have to live with the consequences in the future. Young people must be fully involved in decision-making on planning if they are going to value, respect and take ownership of the spaces and places around them.

We need long-term investment to give every citizen, young or old, the opportunity to build up the expertise, skills and knowledge to be fully informed and engaged in articulating the vision for their local area – and ultimately, to make a better city for everyone.

Why do we need good design?

The way we plan, design and build our cities can transform our lives for the better in many ways: good architecture can capture our imagination, change the way we relate to our neighbours and fellow Londoners, create new employment and revitalise neglected areas, and improve our health and well-being. The impact of good design is a more attractive environment, stronger communities with a sense of ownership and pride in their local area, and new financial investment.

But … architecture is not a subject taught in the formal education system. From school to later life, we often have no formal way of learning how to express our ideas, needs and aspirations for the quality of the buildings and public spaces in which we live, work, play and learn. Open-City believes everyone should have the opportunity to articulate their views and concerns by having the right tools and language.

Victoria Thornton

Final Shaping our Cities programme – 31 Jan, 1 Feb and 2 Feb – Announced

The conference will bring together international member city representatives, cultural and economic agencies, urban designers and architects, researchers and others to explore the key issues facing cities today. It will highlight built examples and new ways of how to build greater public participation through active design and digital technology as well as designing of buildings and places  – especially in planning, design and regeneration – focusing on real solutions and practical examples happening around the world.

Cities around the world face many common challenges, but also remain places of inspiration and aspiration. The task for policymakers, built environment professionals and agencies is to create vibrant and liveable cities where people can and want to live and work – but also where they have a voice to help shape their city’s future.

Speakers include:  Dr Suzanne Hall, Director, Cities Programme, LSE,, Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor, City of Vienna, Asier Abaunza Robles, Councillor for Urban Planning, Bilbao City Council, Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Dan Hill, Associate Director, Arup, Riccardo Marini, Founder, Marini Urbanismo and former Jan Gehl associate, Marten Sims, European Operations Lead, Happy City, Ali Grehan, City Architect, Dublin City Council, Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect.

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Worldwide Impact Study published

The 2017 Open House Impact Study assesses how Open House contributes to the international shift toward greater public participation in city design.  

The aim of the impact study is to understand and demonstrate the value of Open House as a means of engaging the community and empowering them to advocate for a high-quality built environment.   It has become internationally recognised that citizens should have a stake in the development of their cities in order to enable them to advocate for measures that would improve their own wellbeing and a voice within the process.

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