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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 was curator of the Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition at the 2016 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and contributed to the United Nations Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanisation in Quito. In 2014, he 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 from 2010 to 2014. He was a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission from 2012 to 2015. He is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and the USA, 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 Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007. He was also a member of the Urban Task Force that produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013). Ricky Burdett was appointed a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to urban design and planning.

  • 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.