There is a list of all the reports on this site here. You can also see lists of the sessions not yet reported on here, and some pictures of the event here

This is what we talked about over the two days:
Wordle: Creation Space

Monday, 29 March 2010

06 How could we best use the Olympic Broadcast Media Centre after the Games as a “world class creation centre”?

Conveners: Anna Harding, Chris Westwood

Participants: Lucy McMenamy

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

• the 2012 Broadcast Media Centre in Hackney Wick will be de commissioned after the Games.
• It and cost allegedly £500m and is approx 1m sq feet (think, Barbican Centre or Southbank Centre in scale). It’s a great big “shed”
• It will be Hackney’s biggest legacy from the Games. It is supposed to generate 8000 jobs as “legacy”
• It’s officially designated a “creative and media centre”
• It has high speed connectivity, broadband and a load of sponsors floating around
• We know that the certain CCI growth areas - at min 4% p.a. – are in new media, digi media, gaming, animation etc
• We don’t need another dedicated A/V university now that Ravenbourne is open

The idea:
• “Eastbank” - a teenage destinational palace of dreams
• it’s about teenage creativity and the future
• it’s an alternative to shopping
• an entertainment, social, educational and business microcosm – all interlinked
• a class act centre but with Hackney street style
• visitors from all over the world coming to see it in practice

The “areas”:

• “street games”
– boarding, roller rink, bmx, scramble, bike cross, half pipes, go carts for leisure, international competitions
– specialist academy/training centre – HE/FE level – in these sports
– retail related to this inc sports fashion
– Adidas. Nike etc sponsorship

• video gaming
- playing galleries
- accredited (HE/FE) design courses – a faculty of another uni
- retail centre

• animation
- cluster of animation companies/studios
- HE level courses/degrees/research
- Work placements in the studios on site

• Film/tv production
- related to all other areas (broadcast, animation, journalism, doc, music video etc)
- loads of screens – dotted around as well as “cinemas”
- FE/HE degrees in writing, production, etc – link to other special;ist schools/unis

• Digi-design
- Web: Open access, FE courses, SMEs on site (business and for internships/apprenticeships)
- Cadcam
- Event/performances structures etc

• Fashion
- Education/training (London School of Fashion already in Hackney)
- Young designer studios/labels
- Maker workshops
- Modeling/beauty etc
- Retail
- Shows (local, regional. National, international)

• Journalism
- Web/internet publishing
- Photojournalism
- photography
- broad/narrowcasting
- offices for freelancers/SMEs
- radio and television station

• music
- production, recording studios
- performance areas (club spaces)
- independent labels, music companies SMEs in situ
- teaching?

• event management
- lighting. sound, structures, tech crew, etc academy eg BritSchool
- laser quest
- Tv style sports thingie with obstacles etc
- Production and event SMEs in offices
- Run all the international competitions, shows, conferences in house

• catering and hospitality
- a “Fifteen” for teenagers
- hydroponic allotments
- very cool bars, cafes, restaurants all over the place (franchises)

Some practicalties:

• people who might be interested: Chorion (Waheed Alli), Endemol (Peter Bazelgate), Adidas, Nike, Apple, Google, Disney
• there’s only about 2 years now to make a decision and get this in place
• Hackney residents get in free with a magic swipe card

Needs a design master plan to make it look like a teenage creation centre/village with loads of social spaces, screens, booths, amphthitheatres etc

If Westfield can do it…..

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