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Conference 'Olympics and the City: Barcelona 1992 - London 2012'

Tuesday 15 May 2012
Olympics and the City: Barcelona 1992- London 2012
Speakers: Vicente Guallart, Prof. Ricky Burdett, Toni Vives, Prof. Andy Thornley 
Chaired by Prof. Paul Preston
14.30-18.30 h.
Place: LSE, New Academic Building, Alumni Theatre, LG.09, Lincolns Inn Fields, WC 2A 3LJ
PowerPoint Presentations by Vicente Guallart, Ricky Burdett, Toni Vives and Andy Thornley

In collaboration with:
Ajuntament de Barcelona  

14.30-16.00 Presentation The Olympic Games: Instrument for Social and Urban Regeneration
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston
Speakers: Vicente Guallart (Chief Architect, Barcelona City Council), Prof. Ricky Burdett (Director, LSE Cities and Urban Age)

Abstract: The Olympic Games represent an opportunity for the host city radically to improve the economic and social profile of a specific urban area in terms of public transport, housing and other public services. The will to do this depends on the capacity to mobilise and involve different institutional, economic and political actors with divergent aims. The Games in Barcelona 1992 have long been used as a model to follow. London has worked on this heritage and is willing to go a step further using the Games as the basis for regenerating the new Olympic Park district.

Public attending the conference

Travers, Burdett
Ricky Burdett (right), and Tony Travers.

16.00- 17.30 Presentation The Urban Olympic Legacy: A Task that Never Ends
Chair:  Tony Travers (Director, LSE London and Visiting Professor, Department of Government, LSE)
Speakers: Toni Vives (Deputy Mayor, Urban Habitat, Barcelona), Prof. Andy Thornley (Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) 

Abstract: The management of the Olympics infrastructures, buildings and spaces is the most important challenge in the aftermath of the Games. On the one hand, there is the need to ensure the profitability of the facilities beyond their original purpose. On the other hand, there is the need for a long-term vision to assure the sustainability and efficiency of the regeneration project. Twenty years on, the experience of Barcelona offers a basis for analysis of the potential successes and the challenges of these tasks. 

Prof. Thornley
Andy Thornley during his presentation

Toni Vives
Toni Vives, Deputy Mayor for Barcelona

Vives, Thornley, Preston
From left to right: Toni Vives, Andy Thornley and Paul Preston