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The architecture of the Olympics

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

On May 15, some of the UK’s most distinguished architects presented their designs for the Aquatic Centre, the Velodrome and the Basketball Stadium – three of the most inventive and symbolic buildings of the Olympic Park – explaining how they have been conceived to be adapted or dismantled after the Games. The complex process behind this massive regeneration project have been described by some of the principal protagonists who commissioned the buildings and public spaces, providing a social, economic and environmental context to the architecture of the Olympic Games.

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  • Andy Altman

    Andy Altman

    Andy Altman is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Cities and former Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation 2009-2012.

  • Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities, a global centre of research and teaching at LSE which received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2016-18. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board and was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He has previously been a member of the UK Government Airport Commission (2012-2015) and a member of UK Government’s Urban Task Force. In 2014, Burdett was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University (2010-2014). Alongside his academic activities, Burdett acts as a consultant to national and city governments, private companies and philanthropic agencies. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the 2012 London Olympics and Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism, Mayor of London (2001-2006). He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007). Burdett was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to urban design and planning. Other trusteeships: Norman Foster Foundation.

  • Jim Eyre

    Jim Eyre is Director of WilkinsonEyre Architects.

  • Jim Heverin

    Jim Heverin is Associate Director of Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor is Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects.

  • Nicholas Serota

    Nicholas Serota is Director of the Tate.