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Gag Order Released on the London Olympics' Architects

00:00 - 29 January, 2013
Olympic Shooting Venue / Magma Architecture © J.L. Diehl
Olympic Shooting Venue / Magma Architecture © J.L. Diehl

Although the 2012 London Olympics concluded last August, RIBA president Angela Brady and New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray continued to lead a fierce campaign against the strict International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules that forbid architectural practices who contributed to the design and construction of the venues from promoting their work. Months later, a compromise has finally been met and the architects will now allowed to discuss their contributions freely. 

Brady said: “The majority of architects and designers we were standing up for in the campaign were young small businesses who just wanted to be able to promote their work. It’s great that they are now able to speak freely about their contribution.”

The Movement Cafe / Morag Myerscough

15:00 - 10 September, 2012
Courtesy of Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
Courtesy of Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan

Designer: Morag Myerscough of Studio Myerscough Customized ice cream bicycle: Luke Morgan Furniture: Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan Location: Waller Way, Greenwich, London Se10 8JA, UK Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 140 sqm Client: Cathedral Group

BLOOM - A Crowd Sourced Garden / Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

04:00 - 5 September, 2012
Courtesy of Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez
Courtesy of Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

Commissioned by the Greater London Authority as part of the Wonder series to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, BLOOM, designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, is a crowd sourced garden. Designed in neon pink, which is the official Olympics color, BLOOM is conceptualised as an urban toy, a distributed social game and collective “gardening” experience that seeks the engagement of people in order to construct fuzzy BLOOM formations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: London 2012 Olympic Stadium / Populous

04:00 - 24 August, 2012
Video: London 2012 Olympic Stadium / Populous

Architectural firm Populous specialises in monumental sporting and entertainment structures and was responsible for the Olympic Stadium at the London 2012 Games. The structure has changed the face of East London and is the focal point of the world’s biggest sporting activity until 13 August. We meet Rod Sheard, the architect behind the build at Populous’ studio to discuss how they approached the project with legacy and sustainability in mind, and why sport is one of the few tools left that still brings people together.

Exhibition: "Design Stories - The Architecture behind 2012"

23:00 - 9 August, 2012
Exhibition: "Design Stories - The Architecture behind 2012"

As the world turns its eyes to London in 2012, Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues. It provides a unique Olympic experience – a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London’s key new sporting venues.

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17 / Part III

09:00 - 7 August, 2012
Morry Gash/AP
Morry Gash/AP

In our final segment of Thinking Past Day 17 – our series examining the larger implications of hosting the Olympic Games – we conclude with ideas for the future host cities that involve dividing the Games across 7 permanent sites, complete with reusable architecture and a focus on sustainability at the urban level.

The effects of urban displacement coupled with post-Games housing concerns for the Athletes’ Village in Olympic Park – which we addressed in Part II - will definitely test the future viability of the Olympic Committee’s planning strategies.    It is interesting to note that in relation to the entirety of the Olympic map, the area designated for the Village represents only a minuscule portion of the land that must be reintegrated post-Olympics.   So, if we zoom out from the Athletes’ Village, what will become of the vast expanses of land currently supporting the major sporting facilities?

Olympic Park replica made from LEGOs

13:00 - 3 August, 2012
© Warren Elsmore
© Warren Elsmore

With a quarter million LEGO bricks and 300 hours of finger intensive labor, Warren Elsmore and his wife constructed a mini replica of the 2012 Olympic Park in London. As Gizmodo reports, the model weighs about 80kg and would cost around $300,000 to build for scratch!

The miniature world is complete with Anish Kapoor’s Orbit, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics CentreWilkinson Eyre Architects’ Basketball Arena, Hopkins Architects’ Velodrome, and Populous’ Olympic Stadium.

Continue after the break for a time-lapse video and more images.

Aqua at Dover Street Market / Zaha Hadid Architects

13:00 - 2 August, 2012
Aqua at Dover Street Market / Zaha Hadid Architects, © James Harris Photography
© James Harris Photography

Dover Street Market has commissioned Zaha Hadid to design this site-specific installation to showcase in their London store during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The concept behind “Aqua” references the formal language of Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre.

Infographic: Iconic Olympic Buildings

13:02 - 27 July, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics start today, and once again architecture is on the spotlight. With a big focus on reusable and adaptable structures, the lineup includes renowned architecture firms such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Hopkins Architects, Populous and Zaha Hadid Architects.

On this infographic we introduce you the iconic buildings of the Olympics since 776 B.C. until today! Follow our London 2012 Olympics coverage in its dedicated page.

How (Not) to Host The Olympics (Part III)

10:35 - 20 July, 2012
How (Not) to Host The Olympics (Part III), The interior of Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre. © Hufton + Crow.
The interior of Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre. © Hufton + Crow.

Welcome back and congratulations for having made it to the final installation of the Olympic City Guide.

Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

04:00 - 6 July, 2012
Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

This post features time lapses of the construction of various venues that will be hosting the 2012 London Olympics. With the opening ceremony Friday, July 27, these construction time lapses give you an inside look to all of the effort put into the games. If you get a chance to watch the games, you will now have a new found appreciation for the amount of work it takes to hold a major event such as this. More videos after the break.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit / London Olympics / Kapoor + Balmond

12:00 - 28 June, 2012
The ArcelorMittal Orbit / London Olympics / Kapoor + Balmond

Is it the perfect blend of sculpture and engineering, or it is a twisted form of nonsense?  Opinions are quite varied on the subject of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s observation tower, ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will serve as a permanent reminder of London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.  The red steel structure will rise close to 400 feet – taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty and London’s Big Ben – to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.  Criticized for undertaking such a massively expensive project during the country’s recession, London Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that the Orbit will not only enhance visitors’ experiences at the Olympic Games but will also be “the right thing for the Stratford site” beyond the summer time, calling on its potential to become ”the perfect iconic cultural legacy”.

Design Teams Announced to create New Public Spaces for London's Olympic Park

13:00 - 14 December, 2011
Design Teams Announced to create New Public Spaces for London's Olympic Park, South Plaza Proposal via Olympic Park Legacy Company
South Plaza Proposal via Olympic Park Legacy Company

Olympic Park Legacy Company has announced the winners of two competitions that will transform the north park and south plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. New York-based James Corner Field Operations’ proposal for a 50 acre urban landscape consisting of a tree-lined promenade connecting flexible event and cultural spaces was selected as the winning entry for the south plaza.


20:00 - 29 March, 2011
site plan

New York based design firm, MANIFESTO, shared with Arch Daily the INFORSTRUCTURE which is the Stratford Information kiosk for the 2012 London Olympics is designed with an aim to provide the public with free and instant access to important information.