First Broadcast: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 20:30-21:00, BBC4
Olympic_Architecture.After_the_Circus_Leaves_Town.2006.WS.DVBC.XviD-ACP.avi [350.02 Mb]
When London won the race to become the host venue for the 2012 Olympic Games, the immediate reaction was ecstatic. But staging the Greatest Show on Earth is always vastly expensive - and usually fraught with difficulties.
This film looks back at the architectural statements made by Olympic host cities since the Berlin Olympics of 1936, and finds an alarming tendency for them to bungle the planning, build inappropriate venues, and saddle their populations with mountains of debt.
As London prepares to confront its Olympian architectural challenge, will it learn from the mistakes of the past - and create a positive legacy that will improve the lives of Londoners after the two-week sporting jamboree is over?
Featuring contributions from the architect Lord Foster, journalist Simon Jenkins, writer Iain Sinclair, and Jude Kelly from London 2012.
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