Open House Worldwide Conference 2012
Smarter Cities, Smarter Thinking

The second Open House Worldwide Conference took place on 21&22 June in London focusing on the theme of "Smarter Cities and Smarter Thinking"

Day 1 hosted by IPC Media covered a variety of speakers from Open House Cities discussing the politics and funding of an Open House city, the involvement of volunteering being core to each programme's running of city events and how accreditiations for Architecture students in Barcelona are recognised by universities and a discussion about how this model can be expanded to other cities around the world.

Anthony Nelson, Creative Director of Cornwall Brand and Communications

Day 2, hosted by CBRE focused more heavily on the theme of smarter cities and smarter thinking with a range of speakers including Rashik Parmar from IBM discussing technologies facilitating sustainable built environments through to the afternoon chairs by Nick Raynsford MP & Chair Telford Homes / Olympic Village and Open-City Trustee bringing together panel discussions involving Malcolm Smith, Arup's Director of Integrated Urbanism, Philip Atkins, Senior Director and Head of City planning at CBRE and George Marshall, who presented on the perception of sustainability and behavioral change.

Tim Stoner, Managing Director of Space Syntax
The second part of the day tackled the many definitions of a 'sustainable city' including the statement about 'people' being at its heart, yet in reality they are often not incorporated effectively. Only by integrating people, place and practice as a two-way process, can fundamental and lasting change be achieved for our cities. Collaboration between practitioners and the industry to develop solutions is therefore paramount.

L-R ( Victoria Thornton , Founding Director of Open-City and Open House, George Marshall, RT Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Malcolm Smith and Philip Atkins of hosts CBRE)

Overall the conference highlighted examples of smarter and creative thinking in the way existing cities are being made more sustainable for the future, showcasing more holistic approaches that generate social and economic alongside environmental benefits. It brings together professionals from the built environment and technology, energy and sustainability sectors and Open House cities.

Click here to read Open-City's article in the Architects' Journal on 'designing-in' sustainability (subcriber only content).

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Open House Worldwide 2012 Conference

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The Open House Worldwide Conference 2012 is partnered with the British Council's International Showcase of Architecture and Design 2012.

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The 'Open House' concept was founded in 1992 in London by Open-City. It is now recognised by politicians, professionals and the public alike as a key method to profile the effect that excellent design, planning and regeneration of the contemporary city can have on the quality of people's lives and the value this can bring to the social and economic sustainability of the city now and in the future. 'Open House' has now been adopted by 21 cities around the world, creating the first global architecture festival reaching over a million citizens.


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