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Shaping our Cities for the Future - Cities for All

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From 31 January to 2 February 2018, the 3rd Open House Worldwide international conference, to be held in London, UK, will explore the theme of ‘Shaping our Cities for the Future’. Over 3 days it will bring together 200 world-leading experts and built environment professionals exploring and highlighting how public engagement and active citizenship combined with architecture and urban design strategies can create more liveable, inclusive and sustainable cities for the future.

A conference highlight will be presentations and a panel discussion between international policymakers including Mayors, Deputy Mayors and City Architects from cities London, Stockholm, Vienna, Brisbane and Dublin,exploring how to ‘make cities for citizens’. Other contributions from Dr Suzanne Hall, Director, Cities Programme, LSE Alastair Parvin, Co-founder, WikiHouse Foundation, David Burney, Board Chairman, Center for Active Design, New York, Riccardo Marini, Principal, Marini Urbanismo.

The conference will bring together approximately 200 international member city representatives, cultural agencies, built environment professionals, researchers and Open House Cities directors, to explore these key issues and the place of Open House as a unique means of civic engagement within this.

The conference will take place in central London from lunchtime on Wednesday 31 January to Friday 2 February. The session on Friday 2 February is a knowledge-sharing session for Open House cities and city representatives.


Day One (14.00-17.30) - Key principles that constitute a liveable, healthy and sustainable cities

Public space as the key to urban life - Riccardo Marini, Founder, Marini Urbanismo

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

Knowledge, innovation, wellbeing and the reshaping of our cities - Clive Constable, Deputy Chief Executive, Royal College of Physicians

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

Present and future city debates

VIP Reception at the Official Residence of His Excellency the Argentine Ambassador to the UK

Day Two (9.00-17.00)

Morning session - Making cities for all citizens. How do we really build better dialogue between professionals and wider communities? How does effective civic participation and engagement support liveable and sustainable cities?

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

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

Stockholm -Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm (invited)

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

Afternoon session - ‘By, with and for the people’. The pyschology of cities/ harnessing the power of new technologies to create new 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 (nvited)

Effective dialogue - Mark Cridge, CEO, My Society

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

New ways of participatory city-making - Crowd Funding Projects Rapid-fire presentations by speakers including Elma van Boxel/Kristian Koreman, ZUS (Rotterdam)

Panel discussion and Q&A with afternoon session speakers

Day Three

The format is a series of quick-fire presentations by the 40 Open House Cities followed by interactive workshops that will examine key practical issues of interest to present and future Open House cities.

Engaging stakeholders

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

Corporate, public-sector and partnerships

Audience/visitor research and evaluation

Fringe programmes: talks, debates and seminars

Volunteering Progammes for citizens

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