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Capital cheer

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With Cherie Blair on board as new amabassador for the London Olympic bid, where have things got to on the design front? Answer: quite a long way. The competition-winning masterplan team of EDAW, Allies and Morrison and Foreign Office Architects has been hard at work preparing for the next stage of the selection marathon, spurred on by the criticisms in the initial appraisal by the International Olympic Committee.

Since these largely concerned public transport issues, there isn't much the designers can do, other than to play up the extraordinarily good links that, in reality, characterise this part of London - or will do once the Channel Tunnel Rail Link line from Stratford into St Pancras is completed, which will be four years before the 2012 Games.

The regeneration strategy for the entire Lower Lea Valley is coming along nicely, and the 'legacy' aspect of the London bid will be extremely strong. So how about some celebrations of our bid?

What about a big animation show of the plans to date in a major London public space? Like the revitalised Trafalgar Square, which must be one of the best initiatives mayor Ken Livingstone has achieved in the capital.

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