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The Open City Event, London, England, UK

Open House Festival 2020

19 – 27 September 2020

The most varied and ambitious Open House Festival yet!

Get ready for nine days of original films, model buildings to make at home, loads of fascinating guided walks all around London, building tours and much more.

Recently updated Visitor FAQ with more information about how to keep safe during this architecture event.

Buildings are subject to changing their information up until the day of their event so make sure you check their listing on the website before you travel.


Featured Collection: Architecture for the Climate Emergency

This year Open House Festival features core collections with events organised around key themes.

No one industry contributes more to global warming than construction. Any efforts to fight climate change will fail without radical reform of how buildings and cities are designed – with profound implications for the architecture of London.

In 2019 protest movements swept the world calling for action to address the climate emergency. For 2020, Open House will highlight buildings and landscapes which reveal bold strategies for bringing construction and architecture in line with planetary limits.:

– The Library House
(original online film)

This two bed, two floor terraced home combines exceptional thermal efficiency, a solar array, exquisitely crafted materials. Watch our Open House film from 19th September to hear architect James Macdonald Wright discuss its sustainable design.

– Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility
(online tours)

One of Europe’s most advanced recycling facilities will be offering virtual site tours, recycling tips, and what they do with the materials.

– Garden of Earthly Delights

Extinction Rebellion are be hosting tours of this community garden and hosting kid-friendly activities.

Drop-in: 19th and 20th September

– Bluebell Centre, Perivale Wood Nature Reserve

The low carbon building is a straw bale construction built on compacted tyres with a cedar roof will have volunteers on hand to discuss the building project and its community impact.

Pre-booking essential- 19th and 20th September

More Open House Highlights:

– Marylebone Village Walking Tour

Explore the architecture and history of this urban village. With its unique make up, The Howard de Walden Estate retains the beauty of its period buildings, whilst repurposing and reinventing them for the requirements of the 21st century.

– Royal College of Physicians (online only)

One of London’s most important and provocative post-war Grade I listed buildings set amongst the Regency terraces of Regent’s Park. It’s white mosaic exterior with distinct modernist lines draws visitors in to dramatic interior spaces.

Launching Soon – Model London

Over summer Open City been working on a series of high quality card model buildings to order through the post and make at home. Build your own model London skyline. The Model London series includes St Paul’s Cathedral, Ernö Goldfinger’s Glenkerry House, The Hoover Building and The Treasury among many others.


New episode: The New Pedestrian and Cyclist City

In this episode of the Open City Podcast, Merlin Fulcher and Lara Kinneir are joined by Bruce McVean, Clarisse Tavin, and Laurie Miller-Zutshi –all experts in transport planning, public realm projects and cultural programming from the City of London Corporation which has taken the opportunity to move swiftly in creating a series of walking and cycling upgrades in line with its long-term transport strategy.
Listen now.


The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs

Guest-edited by Owen Hatherley thirty-three writers; architects, activists, and Londoners present thirty-three essays exploring famous and unheralded buildings, streets, estates and neighbourhoods across the thirty-three London boroughs.

£14.99 + p&p

Open-City, 18 Ensign Street, London E1 8JD, England, UK

Le Corbusier’s early drawings. 1902-1916
Curated by Danièle Pauly

Dates: September 19, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Location: Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio, 6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland
Phone: +41 58 666 50 00

Le Corbusier's early drawings. 1902-1916
“Le Corbusier’s early drawings. 1902-1916” | © Enrico Cano Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio, interno, Università della Svizzera italiana | Architect: Mario Botta

Le Corbusier’s early drawings. 1902-1916

Chronicling the pandemic

A research project that the Equilibrium Network is instigating:

They are inviting anyone and everyone who is working within the built environment to send a short video of themselves, filmed on their phones, talking about the impact that the pandemic has had on their lives, and the long-term changes that they envisage as a result, both personally and professionally.

The results will be posted on the EQN website ( and will be used as the basis for a more formal piece of research by our academic friends.

Further information can be found here: Chronicling the Pandemic

Crash Course

Architecture Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Every Friday, a Crash Course on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism.

Date & time: every Friday, from 1.30 to 2.15 pm
Location: Arcam
Language: English
Price: € 7,50 p.p

Substantial Style: A Guided Tour Of The RIBA

Swedish modernism or Art Deco? Richly decorative or formally functional? A building with many interpretations but one never lacking style. Visit 66 Portland Place, the iconic home of architecture and headquarters of the Royal Institute of Architects.

England – London

Select Saturdays, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, and Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD


Art Workshops: Explore And Make At The RIBA

Join each month for a friendly creative workshop, where you’ll explore architecture and make art using a different medium. For retirees or those aged 50 and over.

England – London

The last Thursday of each month. Workshops start 2pm and end 4pm. No workshop in December 2020.

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD


Recent Building Events Archive

“It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own”, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

23 July – 23 August, 2020

by artist Katarzyna Krakowiak

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the artist Katarzyna Krakowiak and curators Marcin Szczelina and Ivan Blasi present “It Begins With One Word.Choose your own”, a new structure, both architectural and linguistic, on view at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion from 23 July to 23 August.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona Pavilion
photo : Anna Mas

Sound Intervention at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Festival of BIM & Digital Construction

May 6 – July 10


Taking place across 6 weeks, this is the world’s largest virtual event for construction and will welcome 100+ speakers and 1000s of digital construction professionals from Europe, USA, Asia, and Australasia.

Free Festival of BIM & Digital Construction Webinar

Hear From Industry Leaders From Across The Globe, Including:

The Festival of BIM & Digital Construction is no cost to join and all sessions are CPD accredited. Online presentations and panel discussions will take place around the clock, enabling attendance from all around the world!

You can register for your access and check out the full agenda at

Sea Change: Flood Resilient Architecture for the 21st Century

1 Feb – 16 May 2020
Location: Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY, England, UK
Exhibition Curator: Eva Woode
Marlies Rohmer Architects’ Floating Houses, IJburg, Netherlands
image courtesy of Roca
Roca London Gallery Spring Exhibition

Your Practice: How To Survive And Succeed

This workshop is an introduction to the approach to business applied by the best business coaches in the world. It has led to success for a vast range of businesses, and covers the key areas that will ensure a solid business model for the future.


4 February to 7 May 2020

Creative Quarter, Cardiff, CF10 1AF

Members £60 + VAT; non members £90 + VAT (for both sessions)

Freestyle – Architectural Adventures In Mass Media

Through a mesmerising virtual reality experience, this new commission by multidisciplinary design studio Space Popular raises one of the most enduring concerns of architecture: the rise and fall of architectural styles.

England – London

26 February to 16 May 2020

Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Free exhibition

Forms Of Industry: Photographs By Alastair Philip Wiper And Eric De Maré

Bringing together contemporary photographs by Alastair Philip Wiper and archival images by Eric de Maré from RIBA’s Collections, this display offers a commentary on our changing attitudes to mass production and sustainability.


26 February 2020 to 16th of May 2020

First Floor Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD


Forms Of Industry: Photographs By Alastair Philip Wiper And Eric De Maré

Playing the Picturesque Interactive Installation, The Edge & Andrew Brownsword Gallery, Bath, England

Tue 24 Sep – Sat 14 Dec 2019

Tue – Sat · 11am-5pm

The Andrew Brownsword Gallery at The Edge to present Playing the Picturesque this autumn, premiering a new virtual environment of Bath’s much loved Palladium Bridge at Prior Park:

Playing the Picturesque Interactive Installation in Bath

An exhibition by You + Pea, commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Located in: University of Bath

Address: The Edge University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1225 386777

Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa
Curators: Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino

Location: Santa Maria della Scala – Piazza Duomo, Siena, Italy

ortraits and travel drawings by Álvaro Siza on display in Siena
The travelling exhibition “Viagem Sem Programa” at Santa Maria della Scala

Dates: from 6 June to 8 September 2019

Travel without Program Alvaro Siza Exhibition in Sienna

The travelling exhibition “Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa” opened in Siena and was curated by Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti. This architectural exhibition was a side event of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Travel Without Program Álvaro Siza Exhibition in Sienna

“shaping everyday life! bauhaus modernism in the GDR”, Germany

9 Apr 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Bauhaus Centenary in 2019

9/9 – Big Ideas: Finalists’ Presentations, AIA New York | Center for Architecture, NYC, USA

Aug 1 – Nov 2, 2019

ON VIEW: Big Ideas Small Lots

Brutalism on a Human Scale. Post-war Architecture by Léon Stynen (1899-1990)

Venue: Silver Building, 60 Dock Road, London, England, UK

Dates: 6 – 30 June 2019

Admission: free

London Festival of Architecture Exhibition

Flanders Architecture Institute Exhibition in London

Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Portugal

Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing, London, England, UK

24 Nov 2018 – 30 Jun 2019

Gallery 128a, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Free exhibition

A collaborative display by the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership. Drawn from the RIBA Collections and V&A archive, this display presents six UK social housing projects from the last 100 years, each with an experimental approach in addressing the provision of a home for all.

Flat Lands & Massive Things – From NL to NYC & Beyond, Berlin, Germany
Exhibiton by Archi-Tectonics – Winka Dubbeldam & Justin Korhammer, New York
Archi-Tectonics Building Events
image © Archi-Tectonics
Archi-Tectonics Architecture Event

Making It Happen: New Community Architecture
30 January – 29 April 2019
RIBA Architecture Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London, W1
How are architects working directly with community groups to create inspiring local buildings and places during times of economic and political austerity?
RIBA Architecture Event 2019

YTAA – Young Talent Architecture Award 2018, Venice, Italy
26 May – 25 Nov 2018
YTAA Young Talent Architecture Award 2018
photographer: Alice Hiley Courtesy: Fundació Mies van der Rohe
YTAA – Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 Event

Atlanta Design Festival 2018, Georgia, USA
26 May – 3 June 2018
Atlanta Design Festival 2018 Event
image courtesy of architects
Atlanta Design Festival 2018

Architecture Events Archive – past architectural event information

Architecture Events 2016 Archive

More Building Events welcome!

Architecture Event Archive

Key Building Events, recently finished, listed by country:


London Festival of Architecture Events

RIBA Architecture Exhibition, London

AA School Architecture Events, London

V&A Architecture Gallery, London

Pitzhanger Manor architecture exhibition, PM Gallery, Ealing, west London


SCI-Arc Architecture Events, SCI-Arc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

AIA San Francisco Architecture Events, CA

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri

Guggenheim Exhibition, New York City

Center for Architecture in New York Building Events, New York City

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, CA

Architecture and the City Festival San Francisco Events, CA

Cooper Union Building Events, NYC

Gagosian Gallery Exhibition, New York City

Heinz Architectural Center Events, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Kansas City Design Week Architecture Events


ARCAM Architecture Exhibition


Carré d’Art-Nîmes Architecture Exhibition


Mediterranean Academy Architecture Event, Italy


Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne Events

Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Event, Australia

Gold Coast City Gallery Architecture Events, Queensland, Australia

CUSP Architecture Event, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Aedes Gallery Architecture Exhibition, Berlin, Germany


Kiev Architecture Event


Danish Architecture Centre Events, Copenhagen, Denmark


Lisbon Architecture Triennale Event, Portugal


Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Tel Aviv Exhibition, Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel Architecture Event
image by architect
Exhibition of Daniel Libeskind’s Architectural Drawings


Museum of Finnish Architecture Events, Helsinki


GIS Architecture Expo Event, Bucharest

INGLASS Architecture Conference, Romania

Events for the World Building Events page welcome

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