Sustainable Living

greenFrom above, more than half of the city is either green or blue. However, it is not just these spaces that make our city sustainable: our buildings and infrastructure should be at the forefront of delivering innovative sustainable design.

Our Green Exemplar strand - from large-scale regeneration projects to micro-community initiatives - highlights projects that are making significant steps in creating a sustainable city.

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

Optimizing materials:

  • The Eco-Hub at Lordship Recreation Ground: Passivhaus, strawbale and timber-frame construction with raised floor on timber piles
  • Hackney’s Timber Buildings Walking Tour: Visit three of the most significant timber buildings in the world just a short walk apart


  • 73 Chester Road: Victorian house carefully transformed in 2006 to make it fit for the 21st century, reducing its carbon footprint by over 80%
  • Myplace Centre: A new £4.7million youth centre and Havering’s first zero carbon building – one of only a few in the UK

Urban greening:

  • The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden: Community garden created on abandoned railway land in Hackney area lacking in green public space
  • Growing Communities’ Eco Classroom: Urban garden grows zero-food-miles organic salads whilst classroom provides shelter for gardeners as well as a learning space

Healthy learning:

  • Deptford Green School: Winner of LABP best educational building award in 2013 with highly sustainable design
  • Dagenham Park Church of England School: BREEAM Excellent-rated building designed to maximise the learning and social areas by way of the building’s orientation and fabrication.

Join the Green Debate

London: Designed for healthy living?
Tuesday 16 September

With so much green seen from above, why is London’s air pollution one of the worst in Europe? With cyclists doubling on the city’s roads in the last 20 years, is there sufficient design for them? With London delivering some of the best exemplars in green construction in the world, do the majority of our buildings follow suit?

The Green Debate asks public and professional citizens alike – how healthy is London’s built environment, and how can we improve it?

Join our inaugural Green Debate at the exemplar Saw Swee Hock Student Centre of the London School of Economics. There are 100 places available by ballot, which will be launched on 15 August.

To enter the ballot on 15 August view the Bookings page or click here

Thinking Green Year Round

Sustainable thinking is a key theme for Open-City year round. If you are an architect, designer or other built environment professional, get involved in our annual Green Sky Thinking Week on 20-24 April 2015. It’s a London-wide initiative highlighting innovative and practical solutions on how we make London’s built environment sustainable. Now in its 5th year.

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