Snowy Sunday at the Olympic Park

If you haven’t yet been to the Greenway to have a look at the Olympic site, I urge you to go now.  There’s been a huge amount of hype in the press about ‘200 days to go’, including a feature about my book in the Evening Standard last week. I chose Sunday to invite my family for an outing  to the Olympic site, and it proved memorable, snowmen and all.

I recommend the Overground to Stratford because you get excellent views from Hackney Wick onwards, but there are numerous ways to get to Stratford which is now about the most connected station on the entire underground system. From Stratford, take the DLR one stop to Pudding Mill Lane to access the Greenway and the ViewTube, home to a lovely independent cafe offering an alternative to Westfield (also worth checking out while you are there).

What strikes one most - apart from the transformation of the site required to ready it for the Games - is the enormous number of vacant development sites which will remain after the Olympic party is over.  ’Meanwhile uses’, such as those being initiated by Newham in their recent Meanwhile London Competition,  will be critical to bridge the transition from post-Olympic site to  functioning piece of city.

On the left is an art installation, !GOAL!  - previously on Footprint here - by Berlin-based artist duo Kobberling & Kalwasser, winners of last year’s AJ Small Projects and Sustainability Awards with their Jellyfish Theatre. Tomorrow I will be judging the AJ Small Projects Sustainability Prize.  For the first time this year, lots of excellent contenders in this category. Watch this space for the 2012 winner.

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