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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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LONDON | The Cloud | 120m | 400 ft | 1 fl

London's 'Digital Cloud'


By Timon Singh | 11/11/09 - 11:55

http://www.euinfrastructure.com/news...digital-cloud/

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Cloud technology is fast becoming the method of choice for users that want to access all their information where-ever they are in the world... but an actual 'Digital Cloud' is being pondered to be a centre piece of the city's Olympic village.

- The Cloud would 'float' over London's skyline and would be made up of 120m towers holding a series of interconnected plastic bubbles that would display images and data. It would also be used as an observation deck as well as a park.















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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Old November 16th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #3
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AWESOME!! But i dont understand, will this seriously work?!
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Old November 16th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #4
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I dont understand.. exactly, what is the project here?
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Old November 16th, 2009, 02:42 AM   #5
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When you read the description the idea seems nice, but the design is really ... weird!!
This will completely ruin London's skyline!!!
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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:48 AM   #6
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uhm..

is it London Olympic 2012's Landmark??
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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:56 PM   #7
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is it London Olympic 2012's Landmark??
That's what they and the current mayor hopes it to be.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #8
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A few extra points





Collaborative

The funding will be crowdsourced. The data which provides much of the spectacle comes from the crowd. And, rather brilliantly, much of the energy the building requires will be generated by the people walking around it - crowdgeneration, if it needs coining.

Open

I think the very fact they published this proposal before the final decision is made shows a great understanding of digital culture. They know that they're better to gain popularity by publishing it. Ideas for the digital age grow in public.

Decentralised

This is a building in harmony with its environment. Culturally digital structures tend to work much more in collaboration with a wider environment. Consider the aforementioned farm versus a 20th Century factory farm. In The Cloud, people and climate contribute power. People and climate contribute information and experience. It works as a live barometer of our culture. Its as interconnected with our conscious as any building's ever been.

Scalable

The public, interconnected and collaborative nature of the digital age means that scalable ideas fit best. Opensource software starts with one piece of code and scales. The 'memes' that fly round online are eminently scalable as they evolve with people's interaction. Look how big LOLcats or Starwars kid got. This building 'can be built for £5 or £50m', say the architects.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #9
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Seems like London got even crazier...
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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #10
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absolutely stunning! I'm impressed.
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I see that Britain's visions of the future haven't lost thier character and are just as wacky as they were 40 years ago!
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See that guy cycling down on the third/fourth picture... That's me in just under three years
Ok. It's a woman. But still!
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Old November 17th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #14
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obviously the work of an architect and not a structural engineer...
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Old November 17th, 2009, 02:03 PM   #15
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I'm sorry, but how is that thing supposed to support itself?
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When you read the description the idea seems nice, but the design is really ... weird!!
This will completely ruin London's skyline!!!
No it won't.

The Olympic Park is rising out of a former industrial wasteland in Stratford, east London. It's nowhere near any sensitive architectural sites - such as St Paul's Cathedral.

It's not even that close to either of London's two skyscraper clusters - Canary Wharf and the City (London's financial district), so it won't interfere with them either.

If it is approved, it will just be a new and exciting landmark for another area of London and it will help to keep the Olympic Park relevant and busy with visitors, long after the Olympics. Can only be a good thing.
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Interactive 'Cloud' Unveiled For London Olympics


30 November 2009

http://www.redorbit.com/news/technol...ndon_olympics/

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A team of leading architects and engineers has just unveiled designs for the Cloud -- a landmark structure to commemorate London's role as host of the 2012 Olympics. The lightweight transparent tower, composed of a "cloud" of inflatable, light-emitting spheres, would create a spatial, three-dimensional display in the skies over London, fed by real time information from all over the world.

- The Cloud will also be "a vast, collective energy-harvesting effort," says Alex Haw. "People can choose to ascend the Cloud on foot or bicycle; the energy that it would take to descend the Cloud is converted, on the way down, into electricity through elevators with regenerative braking, similar to those that are present in hybrid cars.
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They will really build this???
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