CABE unveils O.space
29 September 2008
Jane Barraclough, 020 7070 6771,
Young people in Everton and Hackney have taken part (on 26 September) in the start of ‘O.Space’ - a programme of activities being organised by CABE to showcase how the regeneration and architectural transformation of the London 2012 Olympic Park relates to neighbourhoods across the UK.
Events, exhibitions and a website will use the excitement and passion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire local communities to think again about where they live and work and how the design of these places can be improved.
Students from Notre Dame Catholic College learnt about the similarities between the regeneration around Everton football club’s stadium and the London 2012 Olympic Park. They worked with built environment experts to consider the physical and social changes to the area through the potential relocation of the stadium. They looked at stadia from the past, present and future – including Olympic exemplars.
In Hackney, students from the Petchey Academy visited London Fields Lido – the only Olympic size swimming pool in London. Paralympian and Hackney-based swimmer, Dervis Konuralp, spoke about his experience of training in the London Fields Lido and his perspective on how the design of a local area can impact upon health. Dervis had been training in the newly refurbished lido for the last year before competing this year in Beijing.
Richard Simmons, chief executive at CABE, comments: “Hosting the London 2012 Games belongs to the entire UK – not only to east London. Changes to neighbourhoods close to the London 2012 Olympic Park are mirrored in regeneration sites across the country and the same high level of design quality should be replicated there too. The entire UK deserves a legacy to be proud of.”
Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, attended the event in Everton. He said: "O.Space is a great way of capturing the imagination of young people and helping them to shape future regeneration projects, inspired by 2012. Decisions about our built environment shouldn’t simply be the preserve of the few - young people should help design the future."
O.Space is supported by DCMS, and CABE is working with a wide range of partners, including the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority, Heritage Link and UK-based architecture centres.
Notes to editors
- If you require more information or images, please contact Jane Barraclough, 020 7070 6771 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The launch events in Everton and Hackney were run with architecture centres. In Everton it was Places Matter! and in Hackney it was the Building Exploratory.
- O.Space is being managed and funded by CABE.
- It is being delivered between now and 2012.
- CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. As a public body, we encourage policymakers to create places that work for people. We help local planners apply national design policy and offer expert advice to developers and architects. We show public sector clients how to commission buildings that meet the needs of their users. And we seek to inspire the public to demand more from their buildings and spaces. Advising, influencing and inspiring, we work to create well-designed, welcoming places.