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City Crits: Olympic Park with Douglas Murphy
Architect and writer Douglas Murphy explores London’s Olympic Park and analyses the multi-billion landscape’s architectural legacy
London City Crits is a new series of walking tours exploring the past, present and future of the many areas undergoing massive transformation within the capital. Our latest event explores the Olympic Park in Stratford and will be led by architect, educator and writer Douglas Murphy.
The tour will explore the radical transformation of the area during last decade – when an overgrown industrial landscape was torn down to make way for a bold new neighbourhood peppered with global sports venues – and visit the park’s many landmarks including the Athletes Village and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Aquatics Centre.
Murphy – whose recent book Nincompoopolis: The Follies of Boris Johnson delved into the curious origins of the park’s Anish Kapoor-designed Orbit tower – will talk us through the architecture behind the area’s showcase buildings, evaluating where things went right and wrong, and how our approach to inner city renewal could be enhanced by such examples.
Key points of discussion along the route will include West Ham United’s new London Stadium home ground; International Quarter featuring schemes by RSHP, BDP and Gensler; and the first phase of post-Olympics Housing by Make, PRP, Alison Brooks Architects and muf architecture/art.
The walk will conclude at the White Building near to Hackney Wick Station where the group will discuss lessons learned surveying the territory.
Duration: 2 hours
Start: Stratford Regional Station
End: The White Building, Hackney Wick
All routes are wheelchair accessible, but please do let us know in advance if you have any special requirements and we’ll make sure we plan accordingly.
Children are welcome to join free of charge.