We Made 2012: A Look Back at the London Olympics

  • 30 Jun 2013
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We Made 2012 © Agnese Sanvito

On July 9th, The Building Centre will debut “We Made 2012″, an exhibition that looks back at the venues, landscape and legacy that made up the London 2012 Olympic Games and the individuals and organizations that made it possible. The exhibition celebrates the UK construction industry composed of architects, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors.  It was made possible partially because the on January 27, 2013 the British Olympic Association launched the ‘Suppliers Recognition Scheme’ which allowed members of the construction industry to apply for a free license, which, once issued, allowed participants to talk freely about their contributions.

“We Made 2012″ looks at the Games as they have contributed to the legacy of Britain, through the urban planning, architecture and influx of tourism during the Games and after them.   In East London, for example, the games acted as a catalyst for urban regeneration.  The Queen Elizabeth II Park will be opening on July 27th, on the anniversary of the Opening Ceremony, in a part of the city once derelict and industrial.  Today it is accessible as parkland, waterways and cultural spaces of landmark venues.

The exhibition will include film, photography, architectural models, and sketches to relate the story of the Olympic Games and their influence.  It will provide a closer look at the components and materials of the structures that made up the Olympic Village such as the Velodrome’s distinctive cable-net roof.

In early 2013, We Made 2012 and The Building Centre called for entries to the exhibition.  Any companies involved in the planning, design or construction of a London Olympic project was invited to participate.  This included permanent or temporary structures, infrastructure, and work on the legacy stage.  The entries were assessed by a panel of former LOCOG officials, The Building Centre and key personnel to ensure that the participants that were accepted into the exhibition would provide a high quality presentation for the website and exhibition.  Each entry was regarded as a Case Study and were collected until the 31st of May.

The selected case studies, that are to be featured at the exhibition, will also be available in an online directory at http://www.wemade2012.co.uk/ at the launch of the exhibit.  The organizers will also launch a series of talks that will run parallel to the show.

Making a Legacy @ The Building Centre: July 11, 2013 8:30am – 9am
Jerome Frost, Arup; Simon Fraser, Allies and Morrison; Andrew Harland, LDA ; Chaired by Selina Mason, LLDC

Venues @ The Building Centre: July 24, 2013 8:30am – 9am
Mike Taylor, Hopkins; Stanton Williams; Chaired by Alex Lifschutz, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Power and Waste @ The Building Centre: July 31, 2013 8:30am – 9am
Kay Hughes

Designing for Fun @ The Building Centre: August 6, 2013 8:30am – 9am

More info at http://www.buildingcentre.co.uk/ and http://www.wemade2012.co.uk/

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "We Made 2012: A Look Back at the London Olympics" 30 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=395711>