The Landscape Institute has launched a short YouTube film which showcases the vital role that landscape architecture played in the design
The film, called The Olympic Park: A Landscape Legacy, runs for just over five and a half minutes. It draws on interviews carried out for the LI’s longer Learning Legacy videos, as well as footage of the park before remediation, and images of visitors enjoying the games, before moving on to the future development.
The lively film brings home just how important landscape architects were throughout the process, particularly in the words of James Hitchmough, one of the plant specialists from Sheffield University who worked on the park. ‘If you go to one of the countries where landscape architecture is very poorly developed,’ he says, ‘where it is dominated by an architectural view of the world, they don’t make places like that.’
Whereas the Learning Legacy videos have been developed to help landscape architects and other professionals to learn from the lessons of the Olympics, this short film is a great way of promoting the achievements and excitement of landscape architecture to a wider audience.
The film was made by Room 60.