The Landscape Institute has started filming landscape professionals involved in designing the Olympic venues for a series of Learning Legacy videos
As a learning legacy partner in the Olympics, this is part of its commitment to disseminate the knowledge gained throughout the project. The videos will be posted on YouTube and so will be available not only to landscape professionals but also to the wider public.
Practitioners who have already been interviewed include John Hopkins, who commissioned the Olympic Park from within the Olympic Delivery Authority, Neil Mattinson of LDA which designed the park with Hargreaves Associates, planting experts at Sheffield University Nigel Dunnet and James Hitchmough, planting specialist Sarah Price, Peter Neal who worked for CABE Space, Peter Shepherd of LDA Design Ecology and Tom Armour who led the landscape engineering team at Arup.
Further filming will take place in September, when Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute will be filmed, along with Kym Jones of Applied Landscape Design, which worked on the Athletes Village, and Tom Smith of AECOM, masterplanner of the games and also of the forthcoming Rio Olympics in 2016.
Speaking on the video, John Hopkins said, ‘One of the key lessons was that if you set targets and force them through the chain but don’t tell people how to deliver them, then people will be really inventive.’