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.

OHWW conference programme 2018

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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