London's Olympic legacy and the Imagine methodology

Bell, Simon and Farren Bradley, Judi (2012). London's Olympic legacy and the Imagine methodology. Local Economy, 27(1) pp. 68–77.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094211425325

Abstract

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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