English Heritage and the RIBA have called on the government to set up a London urban space commission to freshen up the capital for the 2012 Olympic games bid.
The two bodies have released a report, Capital Spaces, ahead of next month’s visit from the International Olympic Committee to assess London’s bid. Using public spaces for the games is one of the themes of the the capital’s entry.
The report calls for a wide range of stakeholders to be involved in all development proposals by way of a public–private sector urban space commission. It also calls on local authorities to prepare sustainable public space strategies to integrate historic landscapes and buildings.
As a way to kick-start the initiative, the report also called for London mayor Ken Livingstone’s 100 Open Spaces programme to be achieved within the next 10 years.