Shaping our Cities for the Future - Cities for All

Cities around the world face many common challenges: not least in supporting the wellbeing of expanding populations, and economic and social resilience in the face of changing demographics, increasing inequality and connectivity. We will hear from those at the forefront of policy, thinking and practice about what makes a ‘liveable city’ in the 21st century, and how solutions are placed within a local and global context

The task for policymakers, built environment professionals and agencies is to create vibrant and liveable cities where people can and want to live and work – but also where they have a voice to help shape their city’s future. 

The conference will bring together about 150 international member city representatives, city councillors, cultural and economic agencies, urban designers, planners and architects, researchers and academics to explore these key issues facing cities today. It will highlight new ways to build greater public participation in cities – especially in planning, design and regeneration – focusing on real solutions and practical examples happening around the world.

This, the third Open House Worldwide conference, presented by Open City, also launches a major new piece of its research examining the global impact of Open House concept. 

The conference is divided into 3 separate programmes each thereby enabling delegates to attend as a Day Delegate or a Full Delegate (Click 'Tickets' for conference fee levels )


Day One (14.00-17.00) Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, NW1 4LE

Key principles and solutions that create a liveable, healthy and connected city

Public space as the key to urban life - Riccardo Marini, Founder, Marini Urbanismo and former Jan Gehl Associate

Sustainability for all - Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council

Innovation and wellbeing - Clive Constable, Deputy Chief Executive, Royal College of Physicians

Psychology and the City - Charles Landry/Chris Murray, CEO CoreCities

Open-source housing in the 21st-century city - Alastair Parvin, Co-founder, WikiHouse Foundation

Early evening VIP Reception at the Official Residence of His Excellency the Argentine Ambassador to the UK, 49 Belgrave Square, SW1


Day Two (9.00-17.30) Venue: U+I, 7 Howick Place, London SW1P 1DZ

Morning session - 'Making cities for citizens.' How have cities built better connectivity between politicians, professionals and wider communities to create liveable and sustainable cities?

Dr Suzanne Hall, Director, Cities Programme, LSE (Chair)

London - Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor, Social Integration & Social Mobility and Community Engagement

Vienna - Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor, City of Vienna

Dublin - Ali Grehan, City Architect, Dublin City Council

Brisbane - Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect

Bilbao - Asier Abaunza, Councillor for Urban Planning, Bilbao City Council

Panel Discussion with speakers and Olamide Udoma-Ejorh, LagosUrbanNetwork


Afternoon session - ‘By, with and for the people’. How to create effective civic participation and engagement and harnessing the power of new technologies of inclusive platforms alongside the living experience?

Citizen research - David Burney, Board Chairman, Center for Active Design, New York

Cities as places of happiness - Marten Sims, European Operations Lead, Happy City

Effective dialogue - Mark Cridge, CEO, My Society

Radical technologies and cities - Dan Hill, Associate Director, Arup

What makes everyday spaces work?- Lily Bernheimer, Founding Director, Space Works Consulting (invited)

Panel discussion and Q&A with afternoon session speakers

Special Evening Event 18.00-20.00. VIP Reception kindly hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Day Three 09.30 for 10.00–17.00 Venue: AA School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

The Open House 'method' for civic and public city-wide engagement. 40 cities from across 5 continents will present their perspectives on different aspects of their Open House activity as a powerful method of public and civic engagement, and of research into public attitudes towards the built environment.

Introducing this session will be leading designers at the forefront of urban innovation, including Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman, of ZUS, responsible for the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge, Rotterdam, the world’s first crowdfunded public infrastructure project.

Engaging stakeholders

Engaging and influencing decision-makers from municipalities and other city authorities

Corporate, public-sector and partnerships

Fringe programmes: talks, debates and seminars

Audience/visitor research and evaluation

Volunteering Progammes for citizens

Special Early Evening Event Open House Worldwide Architectural Lecture and VIP Reception
For conference attendees and guests, kindly hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute.

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Start date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
End date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018