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.

For the full list of Green Exemplars search the programme under 'Green Exemplar'.

Join the Green Debate

London: Designed for healthy living?
Tuesday 16 September

Join us at 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 click here to find out more

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 5th 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 on 20-24 April 2015.


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