Developers must buy into projects

Olympic public developments must be bought into as an investment according to Kathryn Moore.

Kathryn Moore, president of the Landscape Institute, plans to tell London Mayor Ken Livingstone at a Construction Industries Council meeting on 8 December that public and private developers must buy into Olympic public developments as an investment. She intends to tell him: “The Olympic legacy clearly means more than who is going to foot the bill for keeping the grass neat and tidy or pruning the roses. Developers from now on must buy into the constructed public realm as an investment. How many of us would like to own a modest plot on the edge of Central Park or St James’s Park? Why should it be any different in the post-Olympic Lee Valley?” Moore intends to emphasise that good design is more important than consultation: “Designing is not a democratic activity. It takes expertise.” She will also call for a design tsar to champion the public realm with political support from the Olympic Delivery Authority. L Kathryn Moore interview, p11

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