Eleanor Fawcett, Head of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation
stitching the fringe: working around the Olympic Park, London
“Projects around the Olympic Park in London are modest as one-offs, but as a collection they add up to a less modest, indeed breathtaking, achievement.” Mark Brearley, Head of Design for London
This achievement results from an intense collaborative process, working with boroughs and developers, communities and businesses, landowners and politicians, to help ensure that the promise of a good Olympic legacy is delivered, and that it unfolds in a way that strengthens and improves the special qualities of what is already there. Design for London provided the missing link between fine-grain detail and broader context of development in preparation for the Games; working with an entrepreneurial spirit of tactical intervention and jumping at opportunities to direct existing momentum towards something better - a pragmatic process of “catch and steer”. Through propositional mapping, with an understanding of the existing context, Design for London got under the skin of the place to explore and reveal how it works physically and champion its subtle qualities.
VELOCITY presents a series of regular talks and conversations inviting international, UK and Scottish speakers to address issues arising from the VELOCITY programme. The events also offer networking opportunities for VELOCITY stakeholders: professionals working in city planning and urban regeneration, creative practitioners, artists, architects, designers, producers and arts professionals.
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