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 aim?
- Highlight best practice and thinking in sustainable design and building
- Generate better, and much-needed, collaboration across the built
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Understand the current technologies, policy & thinking and how
these translate into practice
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 /
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?
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.
"The Mayor is pleased to support the Green Sky Thinking
platform, which brings together public authorities and business together
to collaborate on making London the sustainable megacity global leader."
Matthew Pencharz, Mayor’s Environment Advisor, Greater London Authority
“Broad cross-industry representation is what distinguishes Open-City’s
Green Sky Thinking programme. It is also critical to delivering sustainable
outcomes. While knowledge-sharing between committed ‘deep green’ professionals
is rewarding and informative, being a game-changer means reaching a
wide audience. And that’s where Green Sky Thinking excels.”
Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor, The Architects’ Journal
"Arup finds this pan London programme of great benefit to those practitioners within the construction industry in the design of buildings. Providing a high profile platform, Green Sky Thinking enables Arup to challenge perception and convention on how we should collectively take responsibility to shaping London in 21st century."
Farrah Hassan-Hardwick, Business Development Leader, Arup
"Green Sky Thinking is an excellent industry initiative and delivers stimulating, thought provoking and often interactive sessions aligned to the challenges of the built environment."
Julie Hogarth, Director of Sustainability, Regent Street Management Direct, The Crown Estate