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.

DC Metrocentric » BreakingGround: Lumber Shed

Glad to see this project finally taking-off! It served a wonderful purpose temporarily especially for the Tour de Fat DC Annual Event! It will be interesting to see if this location at the Capitol Riverfront can remain the venue for next years event!

After what seems like years of the old Lumber Shed standing as nothing more than a shell along the Capitol Riverfront in Near Southeast, work is finally underway to transform the old Navy yard building into a glass retail and restaurant pavilion. Once complete, the 30,000 sq-ft. glass pavilion will have five restaurants and the second floor will house some offices for the developer Forest City.

via DC Metrocentric » BreakingGround: Lumber Shed.

Drive Through Airport by Büro für MEHR

Creative studio Büro für MEHR has designed a concept for a drive-through airport that processes planes like a car wash.  Aircraft handling would be spilt into three phases: arrival, servicing and departure, arranged in a linear format.

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Creating Space for Artists

Next week the National Building Museum is hosting a panel discussion on the role of planners, architects, and policy makers in creating live/work spaces for artists. Despite being a premier city for arts and culture, few working artists are able to afford housing and studio space in the city, which deprives D.C. of valuable assets for creativity and economic development.

This lecture is part of a recurring series called D.C. Builds which tackles design, planning, and development issues in the capital and previous talks have been really interesting, so this one is definitely worth checking out! (Pictured are artist lofts at the Arts District Hyattsville)

via DC Metrocentric » To Do: Creating Space for Artists.