John Hopkins to Discuss Sustainable Aspects of London 2012 Olympic Park

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Submitted by Michelle Parks

John Hopkins will present the lecture “Towards Sustainable Development: The Making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Giffels Auditorium in Old Main, on the University of Arkansas campus.

Hopkins was the project director for the parklands and public realm, at the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-11, for the London 2012 Olympic Park. Prior to that, he was a partner in LDA Design, heading up their London office. He is a landscape architect, urban designer and environmental planner with expertise in regional planning through to site design and implementation. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

He will discuss how they designed and delivered a sustainable infrastructure, not only for the Olympic Games, but also for a community of up to 10,000 homes in legacy. Sustainability was integral to the bid for the 2012 Games. Among the many aspects considered, the Olympic Delivery Authority committed to use venues already existing in the UK where possible; only make permanent structures that will have a long-term use after the Games; and build temporary structures for everything else.

Hopkins has won several awards, including the Landscape Institute’s Peter Youngman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Landscape, and from the Royal Town Planning Institute, Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects and the Civic Trust. He is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Greenwich, and currently co-writing The Making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with Peter Neal to be published by Wiley in 2012, and is researching and writing The Global Garden – Ecological Economics and Infrastructure in his own right.

Admission is free with limited seating. For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or [email protected].

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