This is the story of the making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, created for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Situated in East London, the Olympic Park is recognized as one of the very first sustainable public parks of the 21st century. Exploring how Olympic Park was conceived as a new piece of city that shifted the entire center of gravity of London eastwards, this book reveals the philosophical context and technical insights that went into the creation of this sustainable, contemporary urban park of international significance.
John Hopkins DipLA MLA FLI ASLA is a landscape architect, environmental planner and urban designer. He was project sponsor for the parklands and public realm at the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007 to 2011 and is currently visiting professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Greenwich. Peter Neal BA (Hons), DipLA, MDes, Dip Ecology, FLI is a landscape architect, environmental planner and urban designer. He was head of public space at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment from 2003 to 2011 and has acted as an adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the Parklands and Public Realm since 2006. He currently runs his own landscape planning and design consultancy specializing in urban parks and the public realm.
Acknowledgments 5 Foreword Sir Nicholas Serota 8 Introduction The Power of the Games 12 Chapter One Start with the Park 22 Interview: Alison Nimmo CBE 36 Interview: Jason Prior & Bill Hanway 46 Chapter Two Delivering the Park 60 Interview: Sir David Higgins 66 Interview: Ian Galloway OBE & Matt Heal 80 Chapter Three Planning and Designing the Park 104 Interview: George Hargreaves 116 Interview: Andrew Harland & Neil Mattinson 140 Interview: Sarah Price 154 Chapter Four Constructing the Park 166 Interview: Simon Wright OBE 180 Interview: Tom Armour & Bill Grose / Alison Braham & Martyn Lass MBE 190 Interview: Professor Nigel Dunnett & James Hitchmough 210 Chapter Five A Walk in the Park 228 Interview: Dennis Hone 236 Interview: Sir John Armitt 244 Afterword Professor James Corner 260 Schedule of Teams Involved in the Project 264 Glossary 269 References 272 Index 278 Picture Credits 286