Open House Worldwide is a network of 46 organisations hosting festivals and dialogue about architecture, design and cities across the globe.

In 2017, 750,000 people participated in Open House events with nearly 2 million visits to buildings enabled by 17,400 volunteers. Taken together, Open House Worldwide is the largest celebration of the urban landscape in the world.

The network was founded and is administered by Open City, a charity registered in the UK.

A weekend of free events on the future of cities

Over the weekend of November 14-15 2020, Open House Worldwide will stage its first collaborative event: a free 48-hour streamed festival of discussions, tours and more. With contributions from architects, designers, urbanists and citizens in over 40 cities across the network, we will tackle the most important issues facing our built environments across the world, from the climate crisis to housing; transport to post-pandemic design.

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 challenges and others transcend borders and time zones and require bold, broad and interconnected responses.


The Open House Worldwide festival will provide a platform to tackle these challenges, taking perspectives on community planning in Chicago to audiences in Slovenia; sharing innovative responses to the pandemic in Taipei to urban thinkers in Buenos Aires; or opening conversations on public housing between Barcelona, Lagos, Mexico City and beyond.

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

The full programme will be announced soon.