The first ever Open House Worldwide Festival

Posted Thu 22nd Oct 2020 | Helen Sweatman

Explore cities across the world

On November 14–15, Open House Worldwide (OHWW) will stage its first collaborative event: a free 48- hour non-stop streamed festival of events, discussions, tours and more.

With contributions from architects, designers, urbanists and citizens in over 40 Open House cities from across the network, including Melbourne, Open House Worldwide will tackle the most important issues facing our built environments across the world, from the climate crisis to housing; transport to post-pandemic design.

Global thinking for global challenges

Ten years after the Open House Worldwide network was founded, it has become more clear than ever that the challenges we face as individual neighbourhoods, cities and nations are challenges shared across the globe. Whether it is the COVID-19 pandemic or the ongoing climate crisis, the scale of these issues and others transcend borders and time zones and require bold, broad and interconnected responses.

The Open House Worldwide network will provide a platform to tackle these challenges, sharing innovative responses to the pandemic in Taipei to urban thinkers in London; taking perspectives on design and disability in Chicago to audiences in Slovenia; or opening conversations on public housing between Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Vienna and beyond.

As with all Open House events, the Open House Worldwide festival will be free to access and enjoy. The festival will be broadcast via the Open House Worldwide website.

Visit buildings from across the world

As well as discussions and interviews on the key issues facing our cities and the built environment, the Open House Worldwide Festival will provide opportunities to tour buildings in cities across the world at a time when travel is otherwise restricted.

The festival will feature live and pre-recorded video tours of homes, cultural buildings, religious buildings, infrastructural facilities and more, covering design styles from regions as diverse as Mexico City, Lagos, Basel, Seoul and Melbourne.

Explore the full festival programme:

Open House Worldwide


Open House Worldwide

Open House Worldwide is the coordinating body of the Open House organisations around the world. There are currently 46 cities in the Open House Worldwide network. The Open House concept was founded by Victoria Thornton in London in 1992. The Open House Worldwide network was founded in 2010 and today has members in five continents, reaching hundreds of thousands of people every year. Open House Worldwide is administered by Open City, a charity registered in the UK.

Video: OHWW Trailer, edited by David Jablonski, footage provided by Open House cities around the world.

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