People should of course be at the heart of how places are made, but this is not always the case. The urban fabric is one of the determining factors of our lives, but we never learn about it in school and so rarely develop the tools and language to express our views on it.

What is needed is engagement and long-term involvement, not just one-off consultation. Open-City fills htis gap by enabling individuals and communities to understand how their city is created and managed. Open House London Weekend offers an open forum for debating architectural quality at first hand for thousands of Londoners every year.

But alongside this, our education and skills initiatives, such as 'Accelerate' and Urban Design Review Forum Training, aim to create a legacy for learning. They provide thousands of young people and adults with useful skills and confidence in offering an informed view on the contemporary city.