The National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest in Beijing.

Talk: Game On

What can Olympic, Commonwealth & other major games do for a city?

Arnolfini, BS1 4QA
£12 Standard / £10 Concessions / £5 Student (UWE)


What can Olympic, Commonwealth & 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.

Hosted in partnership with Arup.

Our Speakers

Kathryn Frith
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 & economic contexts. Prior to joining Arup, Kathryn was Urban Design Director at several practices in the UK & US. She was Chief of Design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where she directed teams of architects, landscape architects, planners, & 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 & its people. Michelle has focussed her efforts on ensuring that the physical development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park delivers real & lasting benefits for local people, including the design & delivery of a highly innovative education & skills programme, built on Good Growth principles with diverse, local talent at its heart.

The rare trick that London pulled off was to overcome the flaw at the heart of the Olympic project, and make many of the promises of legacy come true.

Rowan Moore, The Guardian