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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 and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He sits on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, is a Council Member of the Royal College of Art and Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation. He was Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural advisor to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007. Burdett has been on architectural juries for high-profile projects including Tate Modern, London’s Aquatic Centre, Rothschild Bank Headquarters, Holland Green and Elizabeth House and has worked on major regeneration projects across Europe and the USA, including the 8-million sq ft redevelopment around Penn Station in New York City. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

  • 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.