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:

  • Ewart House - winner of the Mayor of London / RTPI award for 'Best New Place to Live in London'
  • Hermitage Community Moorings - a model for river dwelling with floating community centre

Home retrofit:

  • 24 St John's Church Road - gracefully refurbished Victorian terrace introducing the UK's first heated clay ceiling system
  • 43 Cambria Road - Self-build conversion of a C19 terrace using reclaimed materials, natural insulation and biofuel heating

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:

  • Sulgrave Gardens Passivhaus - the capital's largest mixed tenure development built using a Passivhaus approach
  • The Pavilion - an uncompromisingly modern house in the Blackheath Conservation Area built to Code Level 5
  • 5 Pancras Square - LB Camden leads the way with one of the greenest buildings in London

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 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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