London based architecture education organisation Open House have today announced a change of name to Open City, in an effort to better express the scope of work that the charity currently undertake. As part of this adjustment, the organisation are now focussing their attention on commissioning research on current issues on the built environment in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.
With 18 years of experience, Open City is in a strong position to expand and develop. In line with the new initiative to launch a series of research commissions, Open City intend to examine in greater depth the most pressing issues within the fields of architecture and the built environment in the capital. This is set to include the schemes ‘Blueprints for Future Living?’ and ‘Enhancing our Public Space?’ Blueprints for Future Living?, will involve the commissioning of conversations between architects, planners and residents, exploring iconic elements of London housing developments in light of the major post-war housing boom 50 years ago. Enhancing our Public Space?, will closely examine the commissioning of public art in London - whether the art is of reasonable quality, what elements of competition are involved in such projects and the effect that art has on public spaces.
Founding Director of Open City, Victoria Thornton, commented: “This is an exciting time for Open City. As our success has grown, so too has the way in which we are able to influence decision making at a high level. The national and local elections in May will create a new generation of politicians who will influence our built environment at a crucial time in terms of climate change and fundamental economic and social change”.
Having maintained a strong position in the architectural education sector for nearly two decades, Open City has pioneered several successful initiatives. Now entering its second phase, the My City Too Young Londoners’ campaign is delivered through the Young Planners Programme, and provides young people a platform from which to voice their ideas about the future of London and its urban development.