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When London dignitaries and sportspeople mounted the podium in Singapore in July 2005 to make their final presentation to the International Olympic Committee, it looked unlikely that wed be celebrating London 2012 — the citys bid was considered to be a distant second or third behind Paris and Madrid.

London’s surprising win that morning was attributed to its focus on urban regeneration and legacy: perhaps the first time an Olympic bid had specifically presented the Games as merely the warm up for a longer-term rejuvenation.

Bill Hanway is executive director of operations at AECOM and behind the master planning for the 2012 Games. ‘We decided not to speak about the architectural wonders of the Games but focus instead on the total outcome the Games could deliver for London, and in particular East London, which has a range of social challenges and economic deprivation,’ he says.

Or, as Mike Taylor,

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VIDEO REVIEWS

DAVID GARRETT

‘Music. Live In Concert (Decca, 2012, 124 min, DVD) ★ ★★★

Новое концертное видео от известного популяризатора классической музыки, скрипача-виртуоза Дэвида Гарретта, было снято в его родной Германии в заполненном до отказа спорткомплексе на презентации нового студийного альбома ‘Music’. Традиционно чередуя классические произведения (Бетховена, Хачатуряна и других) с обработками рок-песен, он при поддержке группы и Нового Филар-монического Оркестра Франкфурта исполнил хиты The Beatles, Queen, Nirvana, Cold-play, АС/ DC, Led Zeppelin, Guns Roses, Bon Jovi и др. Про харизму, артистизм и прочие таланты Гарретта (а также профессионализм аккомпанирующих ему музыкантов) я лишний раз говорить на буду, отмечу лишь ключевые

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF LONDON 2012: VISION>DESIGN>LEGACY

At first glance The Architecture of London 2012, by two of Britain’s most compelling and high-profile writers of the moment, Tom Dyckhoff and Claire Barrett, looks like some sort of Disneyland souvenir brochure. You tend to think: ‘Well, that’s nice.’

But to give it some credit, the book does offer a succinct, whistle-stop architectural tour around the Olympic Park and beyond. Presenting the Lower Lea Valley as a shrinking violet, the book examines a formidable balancing act: how do you transform a blighted and contaminated industrial landscape, complete with a cocktail of electricity pylons, factories and depots, into a successful

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London 2012

The London Olympics are under starter’s orders. On 6 July 2005 it was announced in Singapore by the International Olympic Committee that London would host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, from 27 July to 12 August. The capital is the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously hosted the sporting spectacle in 1908 and 1948.

The past seven years have seen the Lea Valley and Stratford in London’s East End transform into the Olympic Zone, with a melange of venues – some permanent, some temporary – that will host the sporting action (see next two

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LONDON 2012 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: DELIVERING AN OLYMPIC LEGACY

‘London topped Paris to win the 2012 Games with a promise to deliver the greenest Games ever,’ said Hattie Hartman last year. The promise wasn’t unfounded, even though such a mega-event delivered at breakneck speed to a tight deadline, seems incompatible with a sustainable agenda.

Hartman, an American architect and an expert on sustainability, reveals that the London Olympic Games are surprisingly green, with environmental thinking underpinning each and every project. Quite rightly Hartman sees sustainability not just in the aesthetic design of individual buildings but also in the social and economic benefits for the wider community. Her book is

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Dispatches Photography Scenes Worldwide

Photography is working its mojo on Mumbai. Proving this is Focus, the city’s first photography festival, which ran for two weeks last March. Tapping into citizen pride, the event peppered the conceit of «the city» across a multi-site program that encouraged people to engage with photography’s pivotal role in modern life and contemporary art discourse. Ranging from nineteenth-century vignettes of Mumbai to images of the city’s distinctive Zoroastrian community to slices of urban architecture from the world over, Focus optimistically claimed a place for photography as one of the most stimulating cultural expressions of this maximum city.

From the country’s

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Meet the HYPER-V in Windows Server 2012

Exit Windows Server 2012 significantly transform the world of virtualization. In particular, a significant change in Hyper-V hypervisor make noteworthy large-scale enterprises, which previously did not consider it.

In Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 is very laid scalability, virtual machines can have up to 64 virtual CPUs (vCPU) and up to 1TB of RAM. Due to a new format VHDX now possible to create virtual hard drives (VHD) of up to 64 terabytes, which eliminates the need to use a transit warehouse. Thus, we can accept the fact that virtually any application can be virtualized using Hyper-V. Of course, scalability

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NORTHROP GRUMMAN PROPOSE RADAR FROM F-35 FOR EXPORT

The American company Northrop Grumman plans to export the new radar with active electronically scanned array (AESA) made on the basis of APG-81 radar for the F-35 fighter Ligthning II. It is reported Fligthglobal. According to the newspaper, the new radar has already successfully tested on the multipurpose jet BAC 111. Representative of Northrop Grumman, in turn, explained that the export version of the radar at a similar efficiency will be significantly cheaper than APG-81. In all likelihood, the new radar will intrigue the country, which are armed fighters F-15 Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Namely, refitted

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GROWTH rearmament RUSSIAN MILITARY AVIATION

On our portal Chinese military china-defense.com shows the delivery of new and upgraded aircraft for military aircraft of the Russian Federation in 2013. It is reported that this year, the Air Force and Navy aircraft of the Russian Federation received 67 new and 18 upgraded aircraft, more than 100 helicopters. New aircraft 14 Sukhoi Su-34 (the latter two under the Treaty of 2008 — 32 and 12 aircraft under contract from 2012 — 92 aircraft) 12 multi-purpose fighter Su-35S (Treaty of 2009) 14 double multipurpose Su-30cm (agreement of 2012 by 60 aircraft) 4 double multi-purpose fighter Su-30M2 (maybe Treaty of

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute issued a report on the nuclear powers and peacekeepers

Of all the states five nuclear powers (Britain, China, Our homeland, the United States and France), only China in 2012 expanded its own nuclear capability.   This is stated in the posted June 3, 2013 the yearly report of the Stockholm Institute research problems of the world (SIPRI).   Together with those of India and Pakistan also increase its own capacity in this area, while developing all this missile weapons delivery systems.   It is reported by ITAR-TASS.   On the nuclear powers Military arsenals States   The report notes that at the beginning of 2013 eight nuclear powers —

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