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"This is a Private-Public Park" : encountering Architectures of Spectacle in post-Olympic London
Ferreri, Mara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques)
Trogal, Kim (University for the Creative Arts. Canterbury School of Architecture)

Date: 2018
Abstract: Since the end of the 2012 Olympic Games, London's residents and tourists have been awaiting the spectacular redevelopment of the former Olympic venue into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), which comprises the city's 'newest park'. As the most visible legacy of the Games, it has become a key test case for demonstrating the public interest of London 2012 and its legacy. In this article we engage with the park in the first year after its opening, when it became the site of a range of public cultural projects commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation, which manages post-Olympic redevelopment. Through observant participation in one such commission, a six-month mobile residency on site, we gained insights into the tensions emerging from claims to publicness in the making of this new 'private-public park', further explored through interviews and visual methods. We propose to term architectures of spectacle to analyse the logic expressed in the design and management of the park and discuss its articulation across three dimensions: (in)visibility, micro-regulation and disorientation. We critically analyse each of these elements and their relationship to competing claims of publicness and the 'security legacy' of the Games, raising wider questions about the spectacular public performance of the post-Olympic legacy.
Note: This work was supported by the Humanities and Social Sciences Collaborative Award, Queen Mary University of London [2015], which funded the collaborative project 'Temporary use in the post-Olympic landscape: between architectures of commoning and spectacle', with Andreas Lang, public works. It was also supported by Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, through a postdoctoral research position.
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Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; acceptedVersion
Subject: Private-public space ; London 2012 Olympics ; Public art ; Urban design ; Architecture ; Spectacle ; Surveillance ; Observant participation
Published in: City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Vol. 22 Núm. 4 (2018) , p. 510-526, ISSN 1360-4813

DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2018.1497571

Available from: 2020-03-20

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