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The Olympic Fringe: A postgraduate study

I have just stumbled across this document published by the LSE Cities Programme

In "2009-10 the focus was on the areas surrounding East London's massive Olympic Park development: Hackney Wick, Fish Island, Sugarhouse Lane, Carpenter's Estate, Stratford Town Centre and Leyton. How will they benefit from the regeneration projects promised for this largely deprived part of London? Students suggested some interventions, emphasising the role small, local projects could play in the growth and change of the Olympic fringe sites.

It contains a great deal of useful information and analysis which can be downloaded from Cities Studio Publications

The Cities Programme at the London School of Economics is an innovative centre for graduate teaching and research on urban issues. The Programme focuses on the relation between the physical and social structuring of cities and urban space. We see design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and connects social and material forms in the city. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to these issues, drawing on expertise and insights from the social sciences, architecture, urban design, engineering, planning and other fields. The faculty team includes social scientists and political theorists, architects and urban designers, transport and environmental experts. Our MSc City Design and Social Science aims to foster critical and committed urbanists who can engage across these disciplinary boundaries, and have a positive impact on the making of cities in the future. The City Design Research Studio is the centrepiece of the Master’s programme, linking theoretical issues and research debates with the detailed analysis of problems of city design and original proposals for urban intervention. It promotes an understanding of the city as a social as well as a built environment, and of the complexities of urban design and development processes.

In 2009-10, the Studio went to London’s ‘Olympic fringe’. In the long run-up to 2012, our concern has been with the uneven impact of the Olympic development on local areas along its borders. Tracing a line from Hackney Wick in the west to Leyton in the east, we encountered quite different local conditions, populations, opportunities and pressures. Set against the tendency of the mega-event to homogenise or even deaden space, the students aimed to valorise local resources, to identify both specific challenges and particular qualities. At the same time the Studio took seriously – as well as critically – the broader aspirations of the Olympic development to bring physical and socio-economic benefit to this part of East London. Students worked together in interdisciplinary groups to analyse each local site, and to propose inventive urban strategies. Their analyses and propositions form the basis of this publication.

Fran Tonkiss, Director,Cities Programme

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