STILL IN THE CITY
OPO + Universal Design Studios collaboration
for London Festival of Architecture 2021
Experience the diversity of London’s architectural landscape in a new immersive and mindful way.
Blending the worlds of architecture, design, wellness and technology.
Discover our 'Portals' which are planted around London and are designed to take you into the present moment, connect with yourself and with the world around you.
Be still in the city, while still being in the city.
A TIME TO RESET AND RESTORE
A LESSON FROM OUR TIMES
As we step forward into our new daily life, two insights emerge:
Firstly, the growing importance of more meaningful, resourceful and life affirming experiences. Prioritising products and places that inspire, inform and restore our mental/emotional states to a rightful state of balance.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, our greater appreciation for our surroundings and the natural beauty of a planet we have so often taken for granted.
There is a great amount of evidence to support that life is just better when we connect and appreciate the world around us.
A NEW APPRECIATION
A NEW APPRECIATION FOR LIFE AROUND US
STILL IN THE CITY
OPO and Universal Design Studio have teamed up to create ‘Still in the City’ for the London Festival of Architecture, 2021.
We have created an augmented digital experience based on shifting our perception of space around us through the method of eye open meditation.
As you meditate with with the built environment so your relationship changes to it. This brings a renewed sense of space and place, reactivating our relationship with the city after a year spent at home.
With a focus on well-being and self care, be guided to a selection of London’s most well-known and hidden architectural gems. Connect with each location with our location-specific meditative and architectural experiences through the OPO app.
‘Still in the City’ supports us to become more resilient, more present, more appreciative of our city life.
‘Still in the City’ is a series of ‘portal’ sites curated for the LFA and its theme of ‘Care’; celebrating the diversity of architectural landscapes that are part of London and where we can appreciate the beauty of the built environment.
At each ‘portals’ you will be able to experience a site-specific meditation.
Locations have been curated for their architectural inspiration and viewpoints.
The 12 locations form a trail across the heart of London.
From former-canal basin turned public square, Granary Square
in King’s Cross to brutalist icon the Barbican and even a secret hideaway in Universal’s own studio.
The OPO app, brings these poetic pockets of London to life.
Positively re-connecting people and place after a year spent largely at home.
CONNECT WITH ARCHITECTURE
Use the OPO app to discover and be guided to ‘portals’ near you.
Sit with and walk in designated places of natural beauty - local squares and gardens, inspiring architecture with sculptures, or unexpected cityscapes.
When you arrive at a portal, take your seat. Your session will automatically unlock using GPS technology in the app.
SIT COMFORTABLY AND RELAX
PUT YOUR HEADPHONES ON
AND BE GUIDED INTO THE PRESENT STATE
"A wonder! Best meditation app I have seen. A beautiful innovation based on solid science of sound and what a wonderful idea to create portals around the world that help us switch off and connect, especially in the cities but also to be present and appreciate nature."
YOUR IMMERSIVE JOURNEY
Each OPO immersive audio experience is made up of eyes-open meditations blended with wellness enhancing soundscapes.
OPO uses mindful observations techniques, and for the LFA these will guide you to rest your attention on specific architectural elements of your view. While engaging with specific breathing methods and pathways to nature connectedness.
Symmetry, visual rhythm, pattern, texture, light and shadow and natural elements will all form part of the experience.
Neuro-scientific sound frequencies and techniques stimulate brain activity to reduce stress and anxiety and support relaxation, focus, energy and motivation.
Each session is designed specifically for an on-location view and integrates evidence based techniques, blending soundscapes and guidance with the architectural language.
EXPLORE THE LFA21 PORTALS
In Wellness & Technology //
In Architecture & Interior Design
By joining forces to create 'Still In The City' for LFA21, OPO and Universal bring together the worlds of architecture, design, wellness and technology.
OPO is a first of its kind network of mindful exploration experiences integrated into everyday spaces.
We pair meditation with carefully curated soundscapes and real-life views to create an immersion into the urban & natural landscape.
Mindful observations techniques guide you to rest your attention on specific elements in your view while engaging with specific breathing methods.
Neuro-scientific sound frequencies and techniques stimulate brain activity to reduce stress & anxiety and support relaxation, focus, energy & motivation.
Fundamentally, OPO guides us to find a deeper connection to world around us while forming greater self-regulation & brain/heart health.
Because, at OPO, we believe wellness is our human right.
Universal Design Studio is an award-winning architecture and design practice based in London and New York.
Driven by a deeply held belief in the transformative power of well-designed, finely crafted spaces, the studio employs a bespoke approach to each project to create better spaces, better experiences and better cities.
The studio is underpinned by a rigorous research and development process and inspired by the creativity that comes from the close collaboration of a diverse group of designers and architects with our clients.
Universal was founded in 2001 by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in response to the growing demand for their distinctive design aesthetic and clever use of material details in architectural and interior design contexts.
The studio is co-directed by Jason Holley and Paul Gulati.