Open Cities and the Social Justice Movement

The aspiration of an open city is what animates the work of Open House New York–a city where people and ideas thrive and where each of us has the freedom to pursue the life we choose to live, while collectively sharing the places and spaces that give those lives depth and meaning. An open city is one that also offers access–to health care, to education, to justice, and to the levers of power that shape our communities.

Open House New York invites you to explore the connection between an open city and the 21st-century social justice movement and what it means to provide broad audiences with unparalleled access to the architecture and urban design of a city.

Join Saundra Thomas, Interim Co-Executive Director of Open House New York; Quilian Riano, Founder of DSGN AGNC; and Claire Weisz, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge of WXY architecture + urban design for a conversation about the intersection of architecture, urban design, and community as they reflect on how the social justice movement has impacted their work. A live Q&A session will follow.

This event is free and open to the public and reservations are not required.


This program is part of the Open House Worldwide Festival, a free 48-hour live stream of tours, talks, and more. Hosted by more than 40 Open House cities across the world the festival explores some of the most important issues facing the built environment across the world, from the climate crisis and housing to transportation and post-pandemic design.