Archives for January 2013

Towards a Good Enough Legacy: the Long Term Impact of London 2012

As London 2012 draws to a close the questions of Legacy and how to measure the Games’ impact emerge as present tense issues. In this week’s Friday essay Phil Cohen challenges the starting point of these discussions: the assumption that the population who use and will come to use the space all share the same vision as the narrowly selected development committee. View the openDemocracy article here:  Towards a Good Enough Legacy

Beyond Carnival Capitalism: London 2012 and its Legacy of Hope

London 2012 provided a key insight into the shifting relationships between global, national and local as residents with no material stake in the Games came together to participate in their success. How might the power of this already-existing ‘commons’ pave the way for an alternative legacy? Read the article on the openDemocracy ezine:  Beyond Carnival Capitalism

Globalisation And Its Discontents, After 2012

There are a number of grand narratives within which the Olympics  might be evaluated, each of which inscribes the project  in a very different  value nexus. Perhaps the dominant paradigm on the Left  is that of globalisation. The Olympics, and sports in general,  are read as symptomatic of larger economic forces at work in the society, of which  globalisation is   paramount . This is not just down to fact that the Games are a  sporting equivalent of the United Nations Assembly, but that hosting them is the material sign of world city status. Their delivery presupposes a critical mass of facilities, including a networked infrastructure of transport and communications, that is integral to the global economy; a scale of procurement that only the largest companies with global resourcing and supply chains can provide and a level of national affluence sufficient to sustain such a large investment in public resource. Capitalism, [Read More…]

January Blog

New Year Graphologies : I grew up with comics, but when I became a teenager I put them away as one does childish things. It was not until I met my second wife and began travelling regularly to Paris and Brussels to accompany her on trips to visit members of her family, that I had occasion to revisit a genre which in the meantime had grown up into a sophisticated art form. I was browsing in one of the arcades off the Grand Place in Brussels one day when I came across a bookshop specialising in graphic novels. I was immediately captivated, and this became a regular haunt on my trips to the city over the next twenty years. It was here I first came across the series Les Cités Obscures by Schuiten and Peeters. In their work I discovered to my delight an imaginative urbanism in which the past [Read More…]