What Others Say

Here is a selection of comments from decision-makers, commentators, and partners and supporters on our work and achievements:

Open-City shows everyone how they can have a positive contribution to making a better-designed city:

"The Mayor has created Design for London to promote ... more creative, thoughtful and integrated design which can inspire a better quality of life for Londoners. We believe that Open-City can help us to achieve this, and so make London a more dynamic, diverse and engaged city." 

Peter Bishop, Former Director, Design Development & Environment, London Development Agency

Open-City helps everyone to develop the skills to champion the value of good design:

"It has made me ask questions that I wouldn't have thought about before, and encouraged me to look at things in new ways ... That insight into different ways of looking at a proposal is very useful."

Cllr Vicki Harris, Chair, Development Control Committee and Design Champion, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Open-City creates a platform for dialogue and engagement between professionals:

"Working with Open-City on these initiatives has been a real privilege - as rewarding and inspiring for us as it is for the young people who get involved in these events."
Ken Shuttleworth, Director, Make Architects 

Open-City catalyses debate between clients and architects about the value of good design:

"The special thing about the lectures in the Open-City Contemporary series is that you get an understanding of the process in which the buildings are made." 

Ellis Woodman, Buildings Editor, Building Design

Open-City inspires young people to see how architecture affects their daily lives and how to have a voice within it:

"While London is undergoing a remarkable transformation, young people have little understanding of and even less involvement in the process of change. Open-City 's My City Too programme is a timely response to the challenge of helping the next generation of Londoners influence the future development of their city." 

Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Open-City Trustee and Chair of Supporters at Large

Open-City continues to challenge our perceptions about the city through Open House London:

"Architecture is more than just aesthetics. It's about belonging. Open House London gets you to look at your city, then go out and change it." 

Tom Dyckhoff, Architecture and Design Critic, The Times

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