An interesting article about the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been published in the February 2012 edition of the journal Local Economy. Written by Simon Bell and Judith Farren Bradley, the article “London’s Olympic legacy and the Imagine methodology” examines the use of the Imagine workshop method as applied to developing the legacy component of the physical build of the London Olympic site.
In 2010 Future of London commissioned academics to work with representatives from the London Boroughs, to consider the legacy of the Olympic Village taking shape in Stratford, in the East End of London. The exercise, in the form of a workshop, was to: review the current context/situation; prioritize issues; envisage future options; explore and develop relevant sustainability indicators; develop a forward plan for community development. This article describes the process adopted in the analysis of the Olympic Village’s transformation from World Media Site to a sustainable part of the Greater London metropolis. The methodology applied, Imagine, is described and some of the key outputs from the analysis and design of legacy process are described. In conclusion the article examines the oeuvre of projects of this kind when set against the challenges of longer term sustainability.
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