Archive for July, 2012

London Olympics and beyond: weighing the costs of temporary architecture – latimes.com

The Summer Olympics in London are engulfed in the Pop-Up strategy of temporary venues. Some delightfully pleasing, others not so desirable. But Temporary Urbanism has found a solid place to evolve in events like the Olympics. Helping to solve many economic questions but not particularly planning and urban design solutions to problems. Let’s visit this idea as it finds its way into many cities across the world.

The London Olympics over the next two weeks will offer a high-profile showcase for this kind of architecture. Roughly a third of London’s new venues are temporary. 

Over the last several years and accelerating noticeably since the 2008 economic collapse, a certain kind of unapologetically practical architecture has emerged in cities around the world.

Some of the buildings designed in this hyper-expedient style are meant to be temporary. Others are produced on a shoestring or fill spaces left vacant by the collapse of boom-era plans for grand buildings by world-famous architects.

But is this any way to build a city? Doesn’t this brand of architecture have implications for planning, preservation and urban design that we’ve barely begun to consider?

The London Olympics over the next two weeks will offer a high-profile showcase for this kind of architecture. Roughly a third of London’s new venues are temporary. Another handful, including the swimming and diving hall by Zaha Hadid and the main Olympic stadium by Populous and British architect Peter Cook, are designed to be radically downsized after the games are over.

via London Olympics and beyond: weighing the costs of temporary architecture – latimes.com.

London 2012 Olympic cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick

The recently unveiled Cauldron at the Summer Olympics is a wonderful and beautiful tribute to the Olympics. But oddly enough, cannot be viewed by most of the public that will visit the Olympic Park. I’m not sure why this design decision was made but it is very unfortunate. I personally believe it is one of the most beautiful Cauldron designs ever.

Dezeen Wire: here are the first images of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick, unveiled at the opening ceremony of the games tonight.

The cauldron consists of 204 copper petals, each representing one of the competing nations. They were brought into the stadium by each team as part of the athletes’ procession then attached to long pipes in a ring at the centre of the arena.

via London 2012 Olympic cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick.

Edmund Sumner photographs London 2012 Olympic architecture

I am following much of the Summer Games in London but I am mostly impressed with some of the exciting and beautiful architecture that has been created to house the many sporting events and the Olympic Village housing the athletes.

Check out how architecture has set the tone for the drama and beauty that backdrops the human spirit and athleticism of this years Summer Games in London.

Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics opening on Friday, here’s a slideshow of images from photographer Edmund Sumner documenting architecture created for the games.

Sumner captured buildings including the Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid and Velodrome by Hopkins Architects plus infrastructure and the athletes’ village for two books published by Wiley: The Architecture of London 2012 by Tom Dyckhoff and Claire Barrett, and London 2012 Sustainable Design by Hattie Hartman.

See all our stories about Sumner’s photographs here.

via Edmund Sumner photographs London 2012 Olympic architecture.

Rendering: The District

There has been a lot of progress along 14th street over the last few months including at the intersection with S Street on the new development The District. The exterior finishing is almost done, so check out the rendering below of what it’s going to look like once it finishes up later this year.

via DC Metrocentric » Rendering: The District.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Fast-Tracks New Apple Headquarters in Cupertino | Inhabitat

I wasn’t too sure how in the world can a Governor stick his finger in the local municipalities review and approval of a project? Some of my co-workers tried to explain the political influence that often goes on with projects of this nature and size. I found it odd that the Governor would publicly “announce” hie intentions! O-Kaaaaayy!

While techies are anxiously awaiting the new iPhone 5, governor Jerry Brown announced that Apple’s massive new Cupertino campus in California is now approved for fast track. The new Foster + Partners-designed headquarters, which to many resembles a massive doughnut, spaceship or iPhone or iPad button, has therefore scored “streamlined treatment” as it undergoes the requisite environmental review processes.

via California Gov. Jerry Brown Fast-Tracks New Apple Headquarters in Cupertino | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Stadium Miejski Wrocław / JSK | ArchDaily

I love this stadium design. I wish NFL Stadiums could be more intimate and dynamic. Washington , DC could use one like this. The URFA stadiums aren’t designed to be huge 90,000 seat stadiums. It’s about hosting the Super Bowl? Really? Typically between 40, 000 -45,000. Very intimate like the more recent MLB Stadiums going up across the country.

UEFA’s decision to select Poland and Ukraine as the hosts of EURO 2012 encouraged the city of Wroclaw to organize an architectural competition for the new stadium which would hold 40 thousand seats and be prepared to host group matches of EURO 2012.  21 renowned architectural practices were invited to compete. Polish practice JSK Architekci was awarded with the first prize and in October 2007 the office was granted the commission to deliver the project.

The stadium building and its surrounding were designed to present both interesting architectural form and fulfil requirements of economical exploitation yet providing maximum functionality and flexibility. The design of the site plan emphasizes the main building of the stadium making it a dominant feature in the surrounding space. Platform surrounding the stadium on the entrance level (6m above the ground) descends gently (4% fall) to the ground level under the street overpass allowing a comfortable and collision free pedestrian connection to the railway and tram station to the south, also covering level 0 of the stadium plot with VIP entrance, driveway and parking places. Separating main stream of pedestrians from the remaining vehicular circulation routes created a friendly and welcoming entrance zone to the building.

via Stadium Miejski Wrocław / JSK | ArchDaily.