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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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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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Quack. The gift of a legacy issue 2 (10/15/2012)

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Lydia Surina — hereditary Siberian healer. For 40 years, she heals people gifts of nature. At the urging of his father abandoned Lydia Nestorovna healing and moved to the side of science. Surin fate itself forced to return to the craft herbalist …

Quack. The gift of a legacy issue 2 (10/15/2012) Genre: Documentary Year: 2012 Issued: Russia, TV3

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