Green Sky Thinking will take place this year from the 15th to the 19th of May, with a variety of events on each day, spread out over various parts of London. Each event is expert-led, hosted by companies, practices and public sector organisations that are considered foremost in the delivery of sustainable design.
This year’s programme is centered upon a simple idea ‘Building an open city’.
An open city is a sustainable city – one built in the public interest with a generous urban landscape, both durable and dynamic – and fashioned using an ultrapraticality, i.e. the best tools and tech. Therefore, these three themes – Ultrapraticality, Generosity and The public Interest – encapsulate the programme most effectively.
Please find below some of the events that taking place in Green Sky Thinking week this year:
Healthy New Towns and Community Wellbeing from a Public and Private Sector perspective
IBI Group, NHS England, GB Partnerships
Thursday 18th May, 8.30 am – 10.30 am
IBI Group will be hosting an informative discussion around Healthy Communities. Examining both public and private sector emerging models, and examining them in the context of London 2040, and the value that the emerging models will have for our communities.
Go wild or be reserved
Mace, London Wildlife Trust
Thursday 18th May, 4.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Do corporate-charity partnerships work? Can both parties and wider society benefit? We think so. We’d like to celebrate the Mace and LWT partnership, now in its 5th year. Come along to Camley Street Nature Reserve to hear more about what we’ve achieved together, the spaces we’ve created, the lessons we’ve learnt and what we’ve got planned for the next five years.
A workshop organised by Anderson Acoustics and Open City
Monday, 15th May, 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Designing the cities of the future is in our hands. How can we implement great sound quality in the city without compromising the very noises that make our cities so vibrant? How can soundscapes and sound planning improve our health and wellbeing in the city? What would we like our cities of the future to sound like?
One Blackfriars – Sustainability in action
Multiplex Construction Europe Limited, St George City Limited
Wednesday 17th May 8.30 am – 11.00 am
This tour presents a fantastic opportunity for attendees to share good practice in relation to the sustainability challenges faced and overcome in the built environment, with a specific focus on complex developments like One Blackfriars.
Loosefit vs made-to-measure: how should we tailor buildings for an uncertain future?
Useful Projects, Expedition Engineering
Tuesday 16th May, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Taking our inspiration from our favourite quiz show QI, a panel of industry experts in sustainability and design will be pitched against the audience. Through a series of provocations, we will explore how we can design for an uncertain future: Is loose fit approach compatible with lean design? How will technology change our approach?
Bringing forest schools to the inner city
Wednesday 17th May, 8.30 am – 11.00 am
This event will explore how we can design for better wellbeing by engaging with users right from the start, creating bespoke briefs according to their specific needs, and by continuing to measure how successful a building design is once in use for continued learning.
Tuesday 16th May, 8.00 am – 9.30 am
Hear how Fitwel compares to the WELL Building Standard. With insights from thought leaders from design, wellness, engineering and real estate we explore the emerging evidence base, sharing strategies for cost-effective improvements to physical and mental wellbeing in every workplace.