2012 Olympics Coverage

 
aerial view of the olympic park looking south towards canary wharf. picture taken on 16 april 2012.

Mean, Lean, and Green at the Olympic Games

Forget bronze, silver, or gold. London's Olympic Park is going for green.


Why Washington, D.C., Should Host the Olympics

A Washington, D.C.–hosted Olympic Games would mean increased national pride, better infrastructure for locals, a spotlight on the voter...


 

Pop-Up Architecture Leaves a Lasting Legacy at the London Olympics

Pavilions are ripe for architectural innovations, yet they often don’t translate to the commercial market. Temporary structures’ stand-out...


Royal Institute of British Architects Promotes Olympic Contributors

Following an angry editorial and a t-shirt protest, RIBA’s Angela Brady continues to contest the ban against allowing firms to market their...


 

Comparing Beijing and London as Hosts for the Olympics Games

London 2012 Olympics designer Populous is taking a pop-up approach to the Games. Is that a repudiation of the epic touch of Beijing?


Give Architects Olympic Credit, Says RIBA President

“Drop the ban and share the success,” says RIBA President Angela Brady, as support grows for relaxing the prohibition on firms and...


 
  

Olympic Cauldron Celebrates Collective Olympic Experience

Thomas Heatherwick's kit-of-parts style shows itself in this year's Olympic Cauldron, made up of about 200 hundred petals that represent...


2012 london olympic beach volleyball venue at horse guards parade

Temporary Olympic Structures Let London's Icons Shine

Jeff Keas, project design lead for Populous for the London Olympics, talks to ARCHITECT about how not building show-stopping buildings...


 
  

Beatbox Pavilion Exhibits Design's Ascension at the Olympics

The Beijing Olympics launched the new era of designer Olympics, and this year's Olympic Games in London prove the trend with examples such...


Games by Design

The buildings that will host the London Olympics are notable not only for their responsible approach to high design, but also for how they...


 
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Eton Manor Will Remain Open to Athletes Well After the Olympics End

Project phasing will ensure that Eton Manor sees athletic activity long after the Olympics finish their stay in London.


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Object: Chris Boardman's Lotus Type 108 Olympic Pursuit Bike

An Olympic bike is one object among many featured at the London Design Museum's "Designed to Win" exhibit, about all the gear that helped...


 
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Exhibit: 'Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture'

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, Sir John Soane's Museum in London is showing an exhibition on how architects have used the stadium...


the beijing national olympic stadium for the 2008 olympics, aka the bird's nest, by herzog & de meuron with ai weiwei.

Esto Gallery: Forms of the Past Olympics

ARCHITECT inspects a few iconic arenas from past Olympics, as captured through the lenses of Esto photographers. Included are several from...


 

London 2012 Olympics Stadium is Latest in String of Award Nominees

Just in time for the Olympics, the Populous-designed Olympic Stadium is nominated for a Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2012...


17 Days Later

London officials are leveraging their infrastructure spending on the so-called Neo-Austerity Olympics to help revitalize one of the city’s...


 

Wimbledon Centre Court Retractable Roof

“THE GRASS IS SACRED,” says Populous principal Dale Jennins of the courts at London's All England Lawn Tennis Club. So when Jennins' team...


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An Olympic Feat

Stadiums for London's 2012 Games combine innovation and sustainability to ensure a positive legacy.


 
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The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower

The twisted logic behind the totem of the upcoming London Olympics, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower.


Object: 2012 London Olympic Torch

BarberOsgerby’s design for this summer’s Olympic Games wins Design of the Year from London’s Design Museum.


 

Olympics: London Calling

The London Aquatics Centre was built for the Olympic games this summer, but designed to stand the test of time.


London's Legacy

In lighting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, designers balance the needs for a high-profile identity today and a character that's...


 
London 2012 Royal Artillery Barracks by Magma Architecture

Royal Artillery Barracks by Magma Architecture

18,000 square meters of PVC membrane cover the exterior of the Shooting Galleries. The membrane is stretched to reduce flapping in the wind...


Velodrome view from the Parklands.

The London 2012 Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins Architecture

A 6,000-seat venue inspired by the process of engineering a bicycle will house all of the cycling events for the London 2012 Olympics.


 
London Aquatic Centre

Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympics

Newly knighted Dame Zaha Hadid has built a gracefully swooping roof made possible with ARUP’s structural expertise, which allows...


 

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