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What can Olympic, Commonwealth and other major events do for a city?

How do we harness this once in a lifetime investment in infrastructure to transform neglected areas of cities, create opportunities for people as well as place?

From cultural, social, political & economic development, major games are tools for cities to display their unique qualities on the world stage.

Long after the closing ceremony, what are the lasting effects?

Join us for an evening exploring the urban legacies of mega-events.

About our speakers:

Kathryn Firth
Kathryn is an architect and urban designer whose passion for creating thriving urban places spans some 30 years, working in cities around the world with diverse spatial, social and economic contexts. Prior to joining Arup, Kathryn was Urban Design Director at several practices in the UK and US. She was Chief of Design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where she directed teams of architects, landscape architects, planners, and engineers to realise the Olympic Legacy.

Michelle May

Michelle May has led the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Socio Economic Regeneration work since its inception in 2012. She is a proud east Londoner who is passionate about the place and its people. Michelle has focussed her efforts on ensuring that the physical development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park delivers real and lasting benefits for local people, including the design and delivery of a highly innovative education and skills programme, built on Good Growth principles with diverse, local talent at its heart.