• Open-City: Opening up Architecture
  • Open-City: Opening up Architecture
  • Open-City: Opening up Architecture
  • Open-City: Opening up Architecture
  • Open-City: Opening up Architecture

Opening Up Architecture

Opening Up Architecture

Service Pack: Core Service

Subject: Art Citizenship Design English Geography Science

A cross-curricular resource about architecture for London Secondary Schools featuring three unique buildings in London.

Opening up Architecture: Expert architectural insights captured in over 50 videos about three unique buildings in London.

How often do we consider the influence that the built environment has on our daily London lives? How do the materials, use of light, layout and construction methods impact on our work and leisure?

LGfL has been working in partnership with Open-City since September 2011, supporting the Open-City Education programme. This highly regarded programme incorporates architecture into the Primary and Secondary curriculum, helping London teachers and students to better understand the built environment.

During 2012, LGfL and Open-City created a resource called ‘Opening up Architecture’ that offers an insight into three unique buildings in London. With help from three architects that have a deep understanding of each building, they unlock the vision behind each one and how it meets the needs of the clients and daily users.

Materials used, use of light and sensitivities of the needs of clients and daily users are all analysed and presented in an accessible way for the non-specialist to incorporate into a wide range of curriculum areas including:

  • Art & Design
  • Design technology
  • Science
  • Geography
  • PSHE education
  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Mathematics

Designed with a new interface offering a fully filtered resource bank and the latest online video technology, 'Opening up Architecture' provides a unique resource that aims to develop a better understanding of the environment in which we all live our daily lives.

Please note:

The Maggie’s Centre building featured in this resource is designed to offer a sanctuary for anyone affected by cancer. The video footage of the Maggie’s Centre sensitively places the building's use within this important context. Teachers using this resource will need to be sensitive when using this material with students that may have had some experience of cancer within their family or friendship network.

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