This Is Our East 20

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is London's newest Park, but what opportunities and adventures does it hold for young people?

Aware that little investigation had been done, The Building Exploratory, together with Living Maps, invited fifty 12 and 13 year olds to explore the Park and share their findings. These Year 8 students are all from Chobham Academy, the new school built within the 2012 Athletes’ Village complex – now called East Village. They have created this map to share what Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has to offer with other young people, and to communicate their hopes for its future.

Working with the Building Exploratory, skilled in opening up the built environment to all, and Living Maps, experts in participatory mapping, the young people explored the Park in depth over more than six months: Investigations of the Park were carried out, playgrounds were tried out, hills were rolled down, debates took place with those who shaped the Park. Everything on offer was tested and assessed.

As well as uncovering existing places in the Park for young people, the group has also projected their own ideas on to this new landscape and you can see these illustrated in full in the Fantasy chapter.

The Park is ever changing so this map will provide a memory of its character as it transitioned from its early role as the venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to its subsequent role as one of east London’s largest parks and newest neighbourhoods.

We hope you enjoy using this guide and discovering what the Park means to you.


Thank you

The Building Exploratory would like to thank the Year 8 students and Geography department staff at Chobham Academy for sharing their ideas with other young people. They would also like to thank the project collaborators who gave of their time so generously:

Nick Edwards, Fundamental

Kathryn Firth and Layla Conway, London Legacy Development Corporation

Rowan Longhurst, Our Parklife

Caroline Jupp, Artist in Residence

Ralph Lee and his architecture students at the University of East London

Project volunteers with architectural backgrounds: Ruth Queally, Imogen Ward and Sol Maria Soledad Diaz



Authors of the Guide, Chobham Academy Year 8 Geography students

Project Initiators, Nicole Crockett, the Building Exploratory, Phil Cohen and John Wallett, Livingmaps Network

Project Funder, London Legacy Development Corporation

Project Direction, Nicole Crockett and Fiona MacDonald, the Building Exploratory

School Programme, Fiona MacDonald, the Building Exploratory

Viewfinder Design, Mobile Studio

Web Development, David Dorrington, Department of Media and Screen, University of East London

Graphic Design, John Wallett, Livingmaps Network

Film Production, Aura Films

Evaluation, Phil Cohen, Livingmaps Network


We hope you find this map useful and enjoyable. For more information please contact:

The Building Exploratory

Tel: 020 7608 0775

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Livingmaps Network

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