The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a new competition for the designs of a cultural quarter next to the 2012 Olympic park. The site has been dubbed 'Olympicopolis', and so far has expressions of interest from University College London, University of the Arts London, the V&A, Sadler's Wells Theatre and now possibly - according to the Guardian - Washington DC's Smithsonian. Read on after the break for more details of the competition The two-stage open competition will be run by Malcolm Reading Associates, and aims to find "an exceptional team” of architects, masterplanners, engineers and landscape designers. The intention for the site is to create a cultural destination in London that Johnson hopes will rival South Kensington, the city's primary museum quarter. Though all the details are yet to emerge, the competition organizers were keen to attract early expressions of interest from designers. Malcolm Reading said: "While full details of the competition will be unveiled in September, we hope that over the summer, architects and masterplanners will start thinking about their ideal team and earmarking time for the contest in their autumn schedules."
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