Open House London launches diverse and socially distanced programme

Open House London launches diverse and socially distanced programme

The ongoing pandemic and social distancing requirements meant that Open House London 2020 had to reconsider its usual format. While the limited numbers of tickets available for safe, in-person building visits sold out at record times, there’s plenty more to engage with, including a new team of curators, a series of documentaries, a crisp crop of paper models, and a book filled with London stories. Paper maps and guides are now available digitally, as is the festival’s merchandise.


Open House is all about making cities and architecture accessible to all and for director Phineas Harper, reaching new, diverse audiences starts from within. This started with a mission statement announcement earlier in the year, aiming to make Open House ‘more varied than ever’, setting a challenge for all participants in the community-led festival to consider this approach when planning their events. The team itself expanded by two assistant curators, Nyima Murry and Hafsa Adan, recent architecture graduates who bring fresh perspectives to the programming. For Harper, working with a diverse mix of contributors, is the best way to reach a diverse audience.

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