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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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Too. Much. Information!

It seems it’s all too easy to overshare

50 shades of awkward

My housemate had invited me to her friend’s party (begrudgingly), but was vague about what it was for. I turned up to be greeted by a mass ofpenis balloons… but it wasn’t a hen party; they were celebrating the 50th time they’d had sex. Yes, really. There were T-shirts with charts citing the average number of times they’d done it per week (three), and how often they’d both ‘come! It was all so awkward I couldn’t handle it, and snuck out after a few drinks. Why?? Ellen*, 24,

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THE SECRET IS OUT

FABIEN RIGGALL’S EVENINGS BRING THE ARTS TO LIFE WITH AN AIR OF MYSTERY

By Edward Platt

“It doesn’t matter if you’re discovering a piece of music or a film—it’s very similar,” says Fabien Riggall, founder and creative director of an organization that prides itself on restoring a sense of drama and mystery to familiar forms of entertainment. Riggall’s first project, Secret Cinema, uses actors and performers to re-create the world of a film as a setting for its screening, and he is now attempting to do the same in music. His new initiative, Secret Music, launched in

July with a

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THE OLYMPUS E-P5

EXPERIENCE DAY

We recently treated four WDC readers to a day out in London with the Olympus PEN E-P5, a selection of lenses, two professional models and a top pro photographer Here’s how they got on…

A couple of months ago we ran a photo competition on our website to win a chance to spend a day in London using the latest Olympus PEN E-P5. Readers entered in their hundreds, and the winners were chosen. Not only did each winner receive an Olympus XZ-10 to keep, their day out in London included the chance to work with two professional models,

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The most unlikely addition to the transport infrastructure of London is nearing completion in the East End. More about the Emirates Air Line, a cable car to link the Royal Albert Dock with Greenwich

The London skyline is becoming increasingly eclectic. The bulbous Gherkin (Foster + Partners), the towering Shard (RPBW) and the wind-turbine-topped, elongated-barcode that is the Strata tower (BFLS) will soon be joined by the Cheese Grater (RSHP), the Boomerang (Ian Simpson and Partners) and the Walkie-Talkie (RVA).

Aside from high-rise towers, there have been more eccentric and, in some cases, more loved additions that peek above the rooftops. The London Eye, at first implemented as a temporary attraction, has become one of the most recognisable modern additions to the capital’s silhouette. The Arcelor Mittal tower in the Olympic Park wriggles skywards

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The Hub Airport Debate

It’s a crisp early autumn morning in the Province of Quebec, Canada, and the world’s biggest airport is just hours from its official opening.

Coach loads of VIPs are heading north-west from Montreal to watch the Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau welcome the first arrival at Mirabel International Airport.

Among its more noteworthy features, the new airport boasts an area bigger than that of the city it serves as well as the potential to handle 20 million passengers a year. Inevitably, the farmers who had to sell their land to make way for it are disgruntled. Some of today’s guests are

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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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Previews.

Decorex international.

Royal flush. Decorex has a new home.

Here are some of the highlights.

Design junction.

Brand central. Some100 companies are taking part.

Design junction has a reputation for showcasing the world’s most renowned brands at The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, during the London Design Festival.

Tent London and superbrands.

Diversity. The two shows host the latest designs.

Now a central part of the wider London Design Festival (14-22 September), Tent and Super Brands will again occupy the Old Truman Brewery in East London with the latest products.

This year’s shows see the introduction of a dedicated graduate

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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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