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Bid fever

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London's Olympic bid was the subject of an Architecture Foundation evening in Denys Lasdun's Royal College of Physicians, with main presentations from Jason Prior of EDAW and Bob Allies of Allies & Morrison. Olympic sceptics seemed to have been won over by the depth of work undertaken, the sophistication of the analysis and the fact that muchneeded regeneration in the Lower Lea Valley would be boosted immensely in terms of time and budget by a successful bid. But what about cultural content? Arts activist Jude Kelly, who has the unenviable job of trying to coordinate this aspect of things, made an impassioned plea for the involvement of local communities in the regeneration of the area, whatever the bid outcome. There is always a problem about discussion of culture in relation to these events, with their faint whiff of piping Beethoven down the pits, but there is no doubt about its importance in terms of the International Olympics Committee. More backing required, by the sounds of it.

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