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This chapter explores how the development of UCL East and the other emerging cultural institutions of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Stratford, London) have been shaped by the area’s historical development and the mega event that precipitated their emergence – the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It locates this inquiry within a longer-term historical perspective on the relationship between large-scale educational initiatives that emerged as a form of ‘legacy’ from other, earlier, ‘mega events’ like the Great Exhibition of 1851 (Roche 2000) which have traditionally been seen as key signifiers of London’s modern urban development and, increasingly, as part of its heritage (see Johansen 1996). Fundamentally, it seeks to ask how far developments like UCL East are relying on particularised or limited conceptualisations of their host site and city’s pasts – both reified as ‘heritage’ or otherwise – within this future-oriented vision.
|Title of host publication||Co-curating the City|
|Subtitle of host publication||Universities and urban heritage past and future|
|Editors||Clare Melhuish, Henric Benesch, Dean Sully, Ingrid Martins Holmberg|
|Place of Publication||London|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781800081826, 9781800081857, 9781800081864|
|ISBN (Print)||9781800081840, 9781800081833|
|Publication status||Published - 24 May 2022|
- mega events
- UCL East
- institutional myths
- Great Exhibition London
- London 2012 Olympics
- East Bank
- South Bank Exhibition
- culture-led regeneration
- urban studies
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Gardner, J., 16 May 2022, London: UCL Press. 288 p.
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Gardner, J., 17 Jan 2020, In: Archaeology International. 22, 1, p. 86-99 14 p.
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