We are an independent, not for profit organisation that aims to be at the centre of creating better places – and a better city. We champion excellence in design quality and advocate for an inclusive and informed approach to the development of our city.
Our work covers 3 core strands:
With a basis of experience, expertise and research built up over 23 years, our programmes are designed to encourage dialogue, debate and learning about how architecture and public space affects our daily lives, and to enable people to discover and understand how they can really influence change in the built environment.
We are the only organisation that actively involves such a variety of stakeholders across London, connecting up those that plan, design and build the city to those that live, work and play in the city, both through our own action research and in our advocacy, education and engagement programmes.
Read about all our pioneering programmes designed for people to learn about and advocate for the value of good design through first-hand experience
Regular polls, surveys and research into Londoners' attitudes towards design quality and built environment issues
Find out how Open-City provides independent advice and support to communities