What is Green Sky Thinking Week?

‘Green Sky Thinking presented a great opportunity for us to connect with clients and collaborators, reflect on our achievements and apply lessons learned to shape our future direction.’ Duncan Price, Director for Sustainability, BuroHappold

Green Sky Thinking is a week long, London-wide events programme for built environment and property professionals, organised by Open-City.

Since 2011, the week programmes 50+ events that showcase sustainable design solutions for London’s current built environment challenges. Unlike conferences or tradeshows the events are informal and on-site project talks, thereby providing 'real' exemplars for the industry to learn from. Each event is expert-led, hosted by organizations foremost in the delivery of sustainable design.

  • One week
  • 45+ onsite and project specific events
  • Hosted by experts in the field

What is our a

  • Highlight best practice and thinking in sustainable design and building
  • Generate better, and much-needed, collaboration across the built environment professions
  • Provide a direct platform for knowledge sharing on sustainable solutions that really work and how these can be applied elsewhere
  • Promote an holistic and integrated understanding of sustainable design as it relates to the capital-wide built environment
  • Champion the organisations and innovators leading the industry

The purpose of the programme is to enable industry and its clients to:

  • Find out about sustainable solutions that really work and visit specific live examples, continueing the 'seeing is believing' model of Open-City's public engagment programme Open House London
  • Talk face-to-face with top experts and key individuals who are responsible for designing, delivering and managing successful schemes
  • Strengthen cross-sector working by building new partnerships and connections
  • Understand the current technologies, policy & thinking and how these translate into practice

Who attends?

Green Sky Thinking is for those who influence how a sustainable built environment is financed, created, designed and managed. From decision-makers (local authority councilors, planners, policy makers) to industry professionals (architects, designers, engineers, construction professionals) to end-users (clients, developers, asset managers, housing associations, neighbourhood groups).

Over 2,100 professionals attended the programme in 2016.

How hosts the events?
Each year Green Sky Thinking involves 60+ industry organisations and sustainability experts to host the week's events. If you would like to get involved and showcase your expertise please get in touch.
Contact Katerina Papavasileiou, Sustainability Programmes Manager - kpapavasileioupen-city.org.uk / 020 73830782

How is the programme developed?
Green Sky Thinking Week is created and run by Open-City with the assistance of the Sustainability Sounding Board. The board consists of Open-City Corporate Member representatives and Green Sky Thinking Programme Sponsor representatives.

Sustainability Sounding Board Members 2016:

  • Nick Raynsford, Open-City Trustee (Chair)
  • Tom Appleton, Director, Rocket Investments
  • Tessa Barraclough, Group Sustainability Manager, Peabody
  • Sarah Cary, Sustainable Developments Executive, British Land
  • John Davies, Director, Derwent London
  • George Georgiou, Partner, Elliott Wood Partnership
  • Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor, Architects’ Journal
  • Paul Heather, Managing Director, Skanska
  • Isabel McAllister, Director of Sustainability, Mace
  • Cassie Sutherland, Principal Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority
  • Craig Robertson, Sustainability Specialis, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Duncan Price, Director of Sustainability, BuroHappold Engineering

Why are Open-City doing this?
Open-City's mission is to champion a better-built environment and by implication a more sustainable one. As an independent organisation Open-City occupies a special place bridging people and practice, public and professional. Our network of 20 years encompasses built environment professionals, local authorities, private sector clients, as well as 250,000+ public. We thereby act as an ideal conduit to collaboration and wide reaching audience participation.

Connecting the dots… As the Green Sky Thinking programme aims to strengthen cross-sector working and generate much-needed professional collaborations, we as an organisation also aim to 'connect the dots'. Green Sky Thinking developed in 2011 from a demand raised during Open House London. It established itself as an independant programme in thesSpring of 2012 and Open-City continue to link the professional audience of Green Sky Thinking with the public audience of Open House London.