Lecture: Mary Margaret Jones on “Olympic Landscapes: Green and Greenest”


On April 14, 2016, Mary Margaret Jones, President and Senior Principal of Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco and Cambridge, and Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture in New York, delivered the Public Lecture in Garden and Landscape Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. Titled “Olympic Landscapes: Green and Greenest,” Jones examined in depth her firm’s work designing Olympic parks for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Source: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection on Youtube

London 2012; Two interesting lectures during Green Sky Thinking Week 2016

If you live in London; these two lectures during Green Sky Thinking Week might be of interest to you!


Engineered to Perform: Regeneration and Resilience at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

BuroHappold & London Legacy Development Corporation

Since 2004 BuroHappold have played a key role in producing and implementing sitewide strategies for energy, water, utilities infrastructure and flood risk management on the Park. They are now involved in many of the legacy developments, including Olympicopolis, East wick and Sweetwater, the Olympic Stadium transformation and Here East.

The focus of this session will be resilience, with specific focus on adaptability. We will look back on the planning of the Olympic Park and forward to the emerging legacy for London. We will explore what has changed over the past 10 years and how the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has successfully responded to those changes. We will reflect on lessons learned and introduce a new approach to delivering resilience for cities and major developments.

Jennifer Daothong, Senior Sustainability Manager, LLDC
Jennifer will describe the sustainability objectives, priority themes and long term development plans for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the role that LLDC is playing in delivering a successful and resilient legacy of social, economic and environmental regeneration.

Bob Tong, Director Infrastructure, BuroHappold
Bob will outline the original infrastructure plans for the Games, and describe how these have been adapted to accommodate different legacy land uses.

Duncan Price, Director Sustainability, BuroHappold
Duncan will explain how buildings and sites on the QEOP have been adapted for reuse with a particular emphasis on how the Stratford Waterfront development is responding to the themes of sustainability, health and wellbeing and resilience.

Caroline Field, Head of Resilience, BuroHappold
Caroline will introduce insights and perspectives from the development of a new Resilience Framework and approach for cities and major developments.


Using technology to deliver better places: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Mace, London Legacy Development Corporation, Engie


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been selected by Climate-KIC as one of the first districts to start working with their European-wide SSD programme to trial innovative sustainability solutions. Together, the SSD partners co-develop integrated solutions which will have measurable environmental, social and economic benefits, these solutions will provide exemplars that can be replicated city-wide or in other districts.

LLDC and SSD partner, Engie will talk through the technical interventions that are enabling them to deliver smart, integrated approaches to achieving enhanced sustainability outcomes and better user experience for the iconic sporting venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the energy and carbon ecosystems that support them. Delegates will then be taken on a tour of one of the energy centres powering the largest district energy network in the United Kingdom.

Open Lecture – Jonathan Watts; The London 2012 Olympic Velodrome – Doing More With Less


Jonathan Watts of Hopkins Architects will discuss the design and delivery of the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, one of four permanent venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Velodrome provided a landmark venue for the indoor track cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jonathan studied architecture at the University of Bath and the Technical University of Munich with a particular focus on sustainable building design. He completed his education at the University of Greenwich, London, where he was recipient of the Bennetts Prize for Best Part 3 Student. Since 2008, Jonathan has worked on a number of projects with Hopkins Architects, including the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome and legacy transformation of the VeloPark & North Parklands. This has won numerous awards such as the RIBA Award for Architecture 2011, the AJ 100 ‘Building of the Year’, the BCIA Prime Minister’s Better Public Building & the Stirling Prize ‘People’s Choice’. Jonathan has lectured at numerous UK Schools of Architecture, including Cambridge, Bath and UCL, and abroad for the Foreign Office, as part of ECOWEEK’s seminar series. He is currently fully engaged as the Project Architect for an exciting new Science Centre for Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.

  • Open Lecture Series 2013/2014
  • Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055
  • Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus
  • Wednesday 22nd January; 6PM

More info: University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape

Open Lecture – Phil Askew; The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Design & Delivery



The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the largest new urban park built in this country for over a century. As the centrepiece for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it became one of the stars of the event and demonstrated a new approach to urban parks. Following the Games, it is now being transformed into a new public park for London and will become the centrepiece for a large scale and ambitious regeneration of East London. The lecture will describe the design drivers and delivery process, setting out why this is important for Landscape Architecture.

Dr Philip Askew is a Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Horticulturalist. Since 2008 he has worked on the Olympic Park, originally at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) leading the delivery of the 2012 Olympic Park and now at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) leading the Transformation of the Olympic Park into the largest new urban park in the UK for over a century.

  • Open Lecture Series 2013/2014
  • Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055
  • Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus
  • Wednesday 22nd January; 7PM

More info: University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape

Lecture: The Architecture of the Olympics

Speaker(s): Andy Altman, Professor Ricky Burdett, Jim Eyre, Jim Heverin, Michael Taylor
Chair: Sir Nicholas Serota
Recorded on 15 May 2012 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

This event brings together the key decision makers and architects of the London 2012 Olympic Games facilities to discuss the architecture and design of London 2012.

Andy Altman is Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme.

Jim Eyre is director of WilkinsonEyre Architects.

Jim Heverin is Associate Director of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Nicholas Serota is director of the Tate.

Michael Taylor is Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects.

More info and video/audio download: http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1477