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Open City

City Hall  c  Linus Lim. Interior photograph of City Hall spiral ramp

Open House London

The Liveable City

Open House London Weekend - the capital's greatest architectural showcase takes place this year on 17 and 18 September 2011.

It is a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London's amazing architecture with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors, plus neighbourhood walks, cycle tours, architects' talks and debates taking place - all for free.

An essential and anticipated fixture in the capital's cultural calendar Open House London is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live and work.

Through this year's theme 'The Liveable City' London's communities will find out more about issues that are relevant to their local area - from the design of homes to the impact of climate change, and the role of architects and contemporary design in revitalising places, showing how good design can make London a more liveable city.

This year's highlights:

  • Architects' homes and groundbreaking housing developments
  • Eco, zero carbon and retrofit buildings
  • Tours of major regeneration projects
  • Planners, architects and engineers on how they create successful cities
  • London's infrastructure past, present and future
  • Landscape projects
  • Government buildings
  • Landmarks and towers
  • Maggie's and Open House London Night Hike - Friday 16 September, opportunity to see Open House architecture by night and raise money for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres
  • Competition for a tour by iconic Routemaster with Arriva London Heritage Fleet, starting at BT Tower
  • Open House Junior Festival for kids and families
  • An app for iphone
  • Talk: Walking in the Metropolitan Wild-the River Lea at Margaret Howell on Thursday 15 September
  • Competition to win an overnight stay at 5* Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
  • Photography competition 'The changing face of London' supported by Architects' Journal, prizes provided by Lomography.

Visit any Southwark library to pick up a programme, or go to the Open House online listings for Southwark events.

Victoria Thornton, Director of Open House comments:

Open House is the annual opportunity for Londoners to get inside London's architecture and see how good design plays an important contributing role in creating and sustaining a 'liveable' city. Last year 89 percent of participants said the Open House event was the best way to get under the skin, become more knowledgeable and engage in the dialogue about the capital's architecture.

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