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Hattie Hartman: London 2012 book launch

AJ’s Sustainability Editor launches book at RIBA event

With London on the brink of hosting the biggest show on earth, RIBA hosted ‘The Olympics: Power dressing’ event to explore the power that the Olympics has wielded in the run up to the Games.

Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor of The AJ

Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor of The AJ

Lynne Sullivan of Sustainable by Design, Bill Gething of Bill Gething: Sustainability + Architecture, and Fran Denise Bennetts of Bennetts Associates and Fran Bradshaw of Anne Thorne Architects.

The audience

The audience

A panel included:

- Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor of The AJ

- John Lyall, Lyall, Bills & Young

- Kevin Owens, Design Principal for LOCOG

- Alison Nimmo, former Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

- Chris Bannister, Hopkins Architects

- Helen Castle, Commissioning editor at John Wiley & Sons and editor of AD

The Panel

The Panel (left to right): Hattie Hartman, Chris Bannister, Helen Castle, Kevin Owens, Alison Nimmo and John Lyall

The event kicked off with a discussion on sustainability, with panelists, Alison Nimmo, John Lyall and Hattie Hartman who summed up the sustainable achievements of delivering the games, in reference to her book London 2012 - Sustainable Design: Delivering a Games Legacy. John Lyall gave a humorous and informative rundown of his adventures transforming sewage on the Olympic Park, one of the most remarkable achievements of the whole project.

Alison Nimmo, former Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

Alison Nimmo, former Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

With their Frick Chemistry Laboratory shortlisted for this year’s AJ100 Building of the Year, Hopkins Architects’ partner Chris Bannister presented the Velodrome project. Read a digital version of the AJ’s in-depth monograph of Hopkins’ Stirling Prize-shortlisted Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympics.

Hopkin's Velodrome

Hopkin’s Velodrome

The session finished with a brief open discussion chaired by Helen Castle, who invited the panelists to draw together the evening’s theme (Power in Architecture) during the Q&A. To the query, ‘Is there anything you would have done differently?’ Alsison Nimmo responded that the challenges posed by the organisational structure of passing the baton from the ODA to LOCOG to the OPLC could be improved upon in future Games.

Book launch in the RIBA bookshop

Book launch in the RIBA bookshop

Following the talk, a champagne reception was held in the RIBA bookshop to officially launch Hattie Hartman’s book.

AJ's Hattie Hartman signing a copy of her book

AJ’s Hattie Hartman signing a copy of her book

Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects ‘Went to Hattie’s book launch last night - it’s a great guide to what is really interesting about the Olympics. For those who are looking for good design and longterm sustainability, she highlights how targeting, One Planet 2012, and carbon footprinting have helped to keep sustainable design in people’s minds.

John Lyons spoke about his thoughtful and charming pumping station and other sewage-related projects - one of which we can only see from the train, and Chris Bannister from Hopkins about the Velodrome. These might be the best of the buildings for the long term.’

Footprint have teamed up with John Wiley & Sons to offer readers three free copies of Hattie’s book: London 2012 - Sustainable Design: Delivering a Games Legacy.

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