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History & Legacy: in the shadow of dinsosaurs

A panel led discussion on the history of Crystal Palace Park, the legacy of London 2012, and the future trends of the public park

The vision of the independent series is to discuss and define culture, who owns it, who creates it, who follows it, and we are using the potential re-visioning for Crystal Palace as a case study. The group is organising a programme of debates featuring free-thinkers, academics, doers and designers. The series is to promote awareness of Crystal Palace heritage and to create a forward vision for the local community which could engage, encourage and support social well-being. There are also plans to include local residents in a visioning exercise.

Discussion panel:
Dr John Bold, Reader in Architecture, former Head of Architecture for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England

Leo Hollis, historian & urbanist, 'cities are good for you'

Peter Wynne Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning, The Bartlett, UCL

Continuing the theme of ‘Who owns…’, the premise of this third session is to discuss and develop the ‘strands’ that link from historical precedent to current trends.

The discussion will be about 'culture in the 21st century', and in this session we will be using the comparison of historical trends that shaped the original Crystal Palace / Crystal Palace Park with the new emergent trends in urban space.

Should Crystal Palace Park be a destination (again; or, is it already?) - the notion of the urban-cultural-tourist is more than a savant-flaneur and seems to be driving economy more and more in London.

The post Olympic Legacy created an illusion of large-scale festivity which seems unsustainable - and a CPP National Sports Centre has been demoted making it a major loser from the Olympic Legacy.

Does Crystal Palace need regeneration, or is the geo-political boundary making it unsustainable to subsidise a peripheral amenity which better serves neighbouring populations - and is it right that this matters in austerity times that finances prescribe civic pride and opportunity;

Is private development the only way to germinate community. Are the policy mechanisms or are there means to avoid removing a public amenity from the public purse?


Dr John Bold | talks | www
Leo Hollis | talks | www
Peter Rees | talks | www


Date and Time:

28 June 2014 at 7:30 pm


1 hour



The Information Project (London)
The Salvation Army
58 Westow Street
SE19 3AF

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