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A sporting chance for London

Olympic host cities have a poor track record when it comes to urban regeneration. But the 2012 Games can be different—if we allow for a little DIY alongside the big developers

By Rowan Moore   March 2010

A CGI rendering of how the £500m Olympic stadium will look, presented to the London 2012 Committee in 2009 Go to most former Olympic sites and you will find the same things: monumental buildings that have rarely been fully used since the Games; a lack of urban intensity, in the worst cases desolation; perhaps illegal activity; and a few initiatives to liven the place up.

This is true, with local variations, of Athens and Sydney, and of older sites like Munich, Tokyo and even Berlin. If you don’t want to travel so far you only have to go…

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