The Architecture Foundation has recently launched a month-long initiative named The Open Office. The scheme, which is described as “part 'Citizens Urban Advice Bureau', and part functioning practice” is the brainchild of London-based practice We Made That and will take place in the offices of The Architecture Foundation in Southwark, London until 22nd March. Operating on a walk-in basis, and displaying all work openly, The Open Office aims to engage and educate local communities on issues of architecture, urbanism and planning. Read more about The Open Office scheme after the break. The idea was submitted in response to The Architecture Foundation's Project Space Open Call, which invited submissions for experimental modes of architectural exhibition. The response by We Made That aims to examine the implications for the public of the 2011 Localism Act in England – a political policy which aims to empower local communities in matters of urbanism, but has had limited effect due to the confusing nature of planning policy and the complex issues presented by urbanism.
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