event photo

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.

Event materials

Video

Audio

Listen to podcast

Profiles

  • 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 the London School of Economics (LSE), and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age project. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and 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 International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2006. With Deyan Sudjic he is co-editor of The Endless City (2007) and Living in the Endless City (2011) and, with Philipp Rode Shaping Cities in an Urban Age (2018).

  • 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.