Sustainable Living

greenLondon is the greenest city of its size in the world. It leads the way with innovative environmental design solutions, green infrastructure and energy performance. Yet the city continues to face environmental challenges such as air quality, overheating and flooding.

Our Green Exemplar strand highlights projects that are making significant steps in creating sustainable places for us to work and live in. Take a look this year at how designers are making a cleaner and greener place for Londoners.

Take a look this year at how we are making a cleaner and greener place for Londoners.

Healthy living and working:

  • Second Home - Located in a former carpet factory in Shoreditch, Second Home is a cultural venue and workspace designed by award-winning Spanish architects. Featuring recycled materials throughout plus thousands of plants and trees inside the space.
  • Dreywood Garden - award-winning extra-care development, combining spacious self-contained apartments with well-designed communal spaces.

Home retrofit:

  • Gogglebox - glass extension to a 1930s semi featuring warm water underfloor heating, external insulation, high spec thermally broken structural glazing and LED low energy lighting.
  • 49 Camberwell Grove - Georgian terraced house remodelled in 2016 to create an 'L' shaped modern eco house. With open and private living spaces designed horizonally across the ground floor and relaxtion spaces designed vertically.

Practice what you teach:

  • London School of Economics: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre - shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2014
  • Ravensbourne - an inspirational new learning and teaching environment with BREEAM Excellent status

New build:

  • Paxfold House - A low energy sheltered scheme and affordable housing scheme for older people owned and managed by Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA). Includes solar thermal and PV panels and rainwater harvesting.
  • The Pavilion - an uncompromisingly modern house in the Blackheath Conservation Area built to Code Level 5
  • Silchester Estate - development of 112 mixed tenure homes, designed around a communal garden and integrating an existing 20-storey tower within a new urban block.

Join the Debate

Polluting the City
Our annual live debate for Londoners is now in its third year. As a citizen, is making London a more sustainable place to live important to you? What aspects do you think should take priority? Open-City want to know your thoughts on the pressing issues.

See the Open Debate page for further details and how to apply for a place.

Thinking Green Year Round

Sustainable thinking is a key theme for Open-City year round. Our mission is to champion a better-built environment and by implication a more sustainable one.

Alongside the Greener City strand of Open House London, we also run the annual Green Sky Thinking Week each spring (now in its 6th year). Green Sky Thinking is a London-wide initiative for professionals, using the Open House model, to highlight innovative and practical solutions on how we make London’s built environment sustainable.

Connecting the dots…
As an independent organisation Open-City sits between design professional and public user, offering a unique space for open and inclusive dialogue on the sustainability of London’s built environment. For instance, the opinion polls we gather during Open House London inform the programme content of the upcoming Green Sky Thinking Week. Cyclically, the industry concerns and success’ discussed at Green Sky Thinking are brought to the public domain through the Greener City strand of Open House London.

By connecting the dots we aim to:

  • Provide a platform of knowledge exchange and cross-fertilization of opinion
  • Showcase leading projects, companies, local authorities, and products that are delivering sustainable solutions for London
  • Show a holistic and cross-disciplinary understanding of how sustainable development is being practically applied across London

If you are an architect, designer or other built environment professional, get involved in our Green Sky Thinking Week (2017 dates to be confirmed).


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