Olympics 2012: What happens next? – Blueprint Magazine
September 21, 2012 Leave a comment
This post from Trish Lorenz discusses the innovative long-term plan behind the London Olympics. London’s Olympic bid, rather than being flashy, was based on how the Olympics could be used as a tool for regenerating a lagging area near central London. The legacy of the games was a part of the planning from the beginning. The games where able to get things like roads and parks built where they were needed, while many of the game venues will be dismantled to make way for new development. Only eight were meant to be permanent (including Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre, which will be partially dismantled by removing now-unnecessary seating), and six of those are already set up for the future. The Athlete’s Village will be converted to permanent housing, with other housing development planned for the near future. Schools and other facilities were also planned. According to planner Fletcher Priest, the Olympics made it so that what would normally take up to 30 years to develop will happen in 7 years.