The Open Office was a live experimental practice for urbanism conceived and delivered by We Made That, hosted in The Architecture Foundation’s project space for a period of 5 weeks between 20 February and 22 March 2013. Operating on a walk-in basis, The Open Office was part ‘Citizens Urban Advice Bureau’, and part functioning practice and offered an approachable and dynamic forum for public discussions about cities, planning, architecture and communities.
The exhibition created a forum to explore super-local topics relating to the 2011 Localism Act and the emergence of neighbourhood planning. By focusing on five study areas in London; Chatsworth Road, Croydon, Bankside, Somerstown and Southall, we, along with our teams of specially recruited volunteers developed explorative work whilst inviting professionals and the public into our ‘Open’ office environment.
We are pleased to include below a selection of work produced during the Open Office: ‘The Croydon Plan’ in response to the question, ‘What does straight-talking planning policy look like?’, a road map for joint business and community neighbourhood plan development following research in Bankside, and creative approaches for scarce resources: ‘100 Outreach Tactics for 100 Pounds’.