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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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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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elegant on the Olympic stage, ready for the starters gun and the worlds cameras; but in architecture terms, the structure is far more method actor than glittering celebrity, as I found out talking to Mike Taylor, who led the design team for Hopkins Architects.

For rather than directing focus to the brief, glamorous moments in the spotlight, the team initiated the design process by working ‘from the inside out’ – like a silkworm making its cocoon – creating a streamlined sustainable container that will fulfl its function to minimalist perfection, and continue to inspire long after the cameras have moved on.

It is the long-term Olympics’ vision that is highlighted in this modest but beautiful structure, and a kind of truth in design: each element is there for a reason; there is nothing superfuous or self-indulgent, and maybe this is why people love it.

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CITY IN THE FAST LANE

Barcelona has used the 1992 Olympic Games as a kick start for a highly ambitious programme of urban renewal, reports Deyan Sudjic. Photos by Richard Bryant

Nothing illustrates the ferocity of the competition between the world’s great cities more clearly than the round of tooth and claw politics, arm-twisting and out-and-out bribery that accompanies the final stages of the International Olympic Committee’s decision every four years on where to stage the Games. Despite the catastrophic history of violence, corruption and overspending that is the most lasting legacy of the modern Olympics, the shortlisted cities fight desperately for the chance to

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An amusing collection of the Olympic Rings

Collection of alternatives to the Olympic Rings in the now-cult blog by Sarah Hyndman that will continue growing until the Games commence

Continents, fags and Carl Jung’s symbolism for humanity and continuity are in the mix of Olympics Rings, designed by Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin in 1912. With Relish founder and graphic designer Sarah Hyndman found inspiration for her Olympic Logo a Day website from the far more mundane.

The photographs she took in July 2011 are archived on the site, which now gets contributions from all over the world and will continue until the London Olympics begin. ‘I

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Navapolack: night arrest activist

He walked down the street Olympic. Suspended police patrol. Later, without any explanation from the police, Alexei searched.In one of the pockets police found a few stickers with the logo of Euro march for freedom. This was the reason for the detention. The activist was taken to the police station, where it amounted to an administrative offense — for the distribution of printed materials without imprint. Activist considers unreasonable detention because he did not spread. Could verify this themselves police officers, who immediately after detention inspected the pillars outside the Olympic and did not find mentioned on their labels. Detained

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Prior to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing — exactly one year

Total during the Olympic Games will involve 37 stadiums for competitions and 56 sites for training.As of August 1, a year before the Olympic starts representatives of Belarus captured 73 licenses in six sports: 47 — in athletics, 10 — in swimming, 9 — in the shooting, 4 — sailing, 2 — Diving and 1 — in cycling. Expected to address 250 Belarusians in 23 sports. Meanwhile there is a threat of boycotting the Olympics United States. Thus, in House of Representatives Congress made two resolutions calling for an official boycott, as in China violated human rights, and Beijing support

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How many medals Belarusians can count on the Beijing Olympics?

If we start counting from now, before the opening of the Beijing Olympics is exactly 14 months. 8th August 2008 the official opening of the most popular events on the planet. Athletes will compete for 906 medals.How many medals can expect Olympians Belarus? With this issue I appealed to the Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Dmitry Shichko. Sovereign Shichko results initially recalled the last 3 Olympics. In Atlyantse Belarusians have 15 medals in Sydney — 17 in Athens — again same fifteenth added that this number allows the athlete comes to Belarus by 20 of strongest countries

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