Advocates of an Open House/Architecture Week alliance (Astragal aj 28.1.99) do not seem to be aware that London Open House is already part of a Europe- wide event which attracts well over 10 million people. To attach a completely separate event to this established initiative would be confusing to say the least.
We have always been supporters of Architecture Week but we also believe that the public would be better served if he two initiatives were further apart to give the public more rather than fewer opportunities to understand the profession and what it can do, as well avoiding unnecessary confusion. This, together with a more strategic and focused agenda, would serve the public and the profession alike in the long term. This is the real challenge for Architecture Week.
We believe the success of London Open House is because it is not seen as having a self-interested agenda, knows how to capture the public's imagination, and is clear about its charitable aims in increasing the public's understanding of architecture. This success is also due to many individuals, companies, public and private bodies which open up their buildings Therefore, we welcome recommendations for participating buildings in 1999, just as we welcome as many individual volunteers from the profession as we can get.
London Open House, London N6