Below I have collected an assorted continuum of analysis and protest against displacement caused by the London 2012 Olympics running from 2008 to 2014 linking to essays and publications by others and myself
Other versions of the same research
The Regeneration Games, Pre-Olympic Displacement
By Mark Saunders
On Logistics and the London Olympics
By Forensic Architecture
Opening Ceremony Arcadian Acrimony
Danny Boyle’s Olympic Minstrel Show By Dave Zirin via Edge of Sports
A Park or a Scar?
in the projections for the new Olympic site of the games and in legacy mode […] we have a harmonious managed nature, organised and safe exercise, communication technologies – mobile phones, water, the Docklands and city – centre of the international financial flows. These images are also characterised by a multiculturalism peculiar to government planners – the dream image of difference without conflict and most importantly without work or workers – no one who has actually built or contributes to the running or servicing of this place appears in these visions.
The London Legacy Development Corporation was created in 2012 and has the responsibility for looking after the development of buildings and outdoor spaces in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is a Mayoral Development Corporation directly accountable to Londoners through the Mayor of London. As part of this remit, they act as the planning authority for this area, carrying out all of the planning functions that a local planning authority would normally have responsibility for, such as approving or rejecting new developments, giving guidance to local developers, and making high level plans for development in the area. ‘We work closely with a number of organisations including the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, central government, the east London Host Boroughs, residents in neighbouring local communities, local organisations, businesses and regeneration agencies and national and international sporting, cultural and leisure organisations.’
Promoting convergence and community participation
Convergence is the process of closing the gap in performance and prospects between the wealthiest and the poorest communities. For the goal of convergence to be achieved, the legacy of the London 2012 Games needs to be as accessible as possible for local people. This means ensuring that development plans for the Park are created with participation from local residents. Economic opportunities should be accessible to local people, businesses and social enterprises, and sporting, cultural and leisure facilities and events in the Park should be used and enjoyed by local people at all income levels.
Championing equalities and inclusion
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park lies in one of the most diverse areas of the UK. In addition to its statutory duties, the Legacy Corporation needs to take this diversity into account in order to attract the best talent, to understand how its decisions impact on different communities and groups, and to create and manage community-focused parklands, venues, homes, events, and commercial and retail opportunities.
Ensuring high quality design
Architectural, urban and landscape design will be essential elements for creating places within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and the wider Legacy Corporation area, that are engaging, safe, usable and beautiful, and which create and maintain value over the long term.
Ensuring environmental sustainability
Did you know that London’s newest public park is actually private property?
East Village, formerly Athletes’ Village
A joint venture has purchased the athlete’s village on the Olympic park in east London. Delancey (Delancey, a real estate developer in the United Kingdom)/Qatari Diar (a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority), paid £557 million for the East Village site, representing an estimated £275 million loss to the ODA and hence the British taxpayer. The majority of the 1,439 private homes are to be let on a rental basis, instead of being sold, with the ownership remaining with Delancey/Qatari Diar. This will create the first UK private sector residential fund of over 1,000 homes to be owned and directly managed as an investment. East Village also contains Chobham Academy, home to an education campus comprising: a nursery, primary and secondary schools, an adult learning facility; a community arts complex. A health centre for residents of East Village and the surrounding areas is also being constructed.A One bedroom apartment -Vesta House, Liberty Bridge Road, London E20 furnished £355 pw. ‘Affordable homes’ are for sale from £600,000. http://www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk/
Other resources and updates on the post-Olympic post-austerity lows
The Carpenter’s Estate Pre- and Post-Olympic Displacement
By Richard B.
by Cristiana Strava
Recent occupation on the Carpenter’s Estate (October 2014)
The ‘Fun Palace’ Revisited and Revised