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Old August 3rd, 2011, 10:48 PM   #2501
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I would say Kool but I think thats already been well established.

Great looking park, hopefully the branding and ideas from the 'look book' will be implemented in a sophisticated way around the area.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:32 PM   #2502
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Old August 4th, 2011, 02:39 AM   #2503
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Great images! For a long time I've been very excited about the buildings in this park - but now the bedding into the environment of those buildings, the planting of greenery and the landscaping is the thing thats keeping me interested. They look like they're doing a great job with it - and the angles and patterns of the landscaping is fantastic.

Agreed - I really hope they use the 2012 brand well when applying it to the park - it could really improve some of the less interesting buildings and integrate the entire brand of London 2012 thats already existed for the last few years into the park.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #2504
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Old August 4th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #2505
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Good news

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The wrap will comprise of 336 individual panels – each approximately 25 metres high and 2.5 metres wide and will help the stadium become the visual centre piece of the Olympic Park at Games-time. Installation will be completed by spring 2012.

In keeping with LOCOG’s goal to stage a sustainable Olympic Games, Dow will repurpose the wrap following the 2012 Olympic competitions. The wrap will include resins made by Dow’s Performance Plastics Division and will require fewer raw materials to manufacture. It will be up to 35 percent lighter and have a lower carbon footprint when compared to conventional materials.

Other sustainable elements of the wrap include UV-curable inks replacing conventional inks to reduce emissions during the printing process and eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOC). The wrap will include post-industrial recycled content and the hardware used to hang the wrap will be recycled in Europe following the Games.

LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe welcomed the announcement, 'The stadium will look spectacular at Games time and having the wrap is the icing on the cake. I’m delighted that Dow as one of the newer worldwide partners of the Olympic movement will be providing it and importantly doing it in a sustainable way. It reflects our vision and is a real statement of intent from Dow about their commitment to the Games.'

Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said: 'At the Comprehensive Spending Review last autumn, the government could see the benefit of the wrap but did not feel the taxpayer should pay for it as we looked to make savings across the project. But I am delighted that a private sector company has taken up the opportunity which will become a major feature of the Olympic Stadium.'

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'This will provide the final grand touch to the magnificent stadium, which has already become an icon of the 2012 Games, transforming the east London landscape forever.'

George Hamilton, vice president of Dow Olympic Operations, said the company is committed to finding a sustainable post-games use for the wrap and is investigating several options.

'Our goal is to provide solutions that help make the Olympic Games more sustainable, safer and that will help improve performance,' said Hamilton. 'We’re providing this wrap as a sustainable solution for the Games and we look forward to celebrating its completion with Olympic fans around the world. We’re proud that the wrap will have a lasting and sustainable legacy, and one that will improve quality of life long after the closing ceremonies.'

'Dow has a strong commitment to sustainability, as documented in our 2015 sustainability goals,' said Keith Wiggins, Dow UK managing director. 'This commitment and our focus on innovation and scientific excellence are behind every stitch of the wrap. We’re proud that the wrap will be in compliance with the LOCOG Sustainability Source Code. We recognize the global importance of the Olympic Games and of the work we do in addressing global challenges through chemistry.'

'Dow became a Worldwide TOP Partner in 2010 and has already embraced the true spirit of the Olympic Movement,' said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. 'We’re proud to work together with Dow to advance our sustainability efforts as we approach the London 2012 Olympic Games.'

In July 2010, Dow announced its official Worldwide Olympic Partnership as part of The Olympic Partners Program (TOP). As the official “Chemistry Company” of the Olympic Movement, Dow is partnered with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and National Olympic Committees around the world through 2020.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 10:08 PM   #2506
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The look book?
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Old August 4th, 2011, 10:12 PM   #2507
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the brand: created by wolff olins originally - starting with the logo and then extending the brand from there - the bright colors, the angular shapes, image treatment etc…a look book is to be created using these elements and showing how to dress the streets of London and the park to create a festival aesthetic for games time.
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the brand: created by wolff olins originally - starting with the logo and then extending the brand from there - the bright colors, the angular shapes, image treatment etc…a look book is to be created using these elements and showing how to dress the streets of London and the park to create a festival aesthetic for games time.
Is there a link to it? Can't find one
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Is there a link to it? Can't find one
no, its not done yet.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #2511
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Olympic Village sale talks near completion

The government is in exclusive talks with a consortium over the sale of the Athletes' Village in east London. Delancey & Qatari Diar wants to buy, and manage, 1,400 homes and six development plots after the 2012 Games.

On Thursday the government ruled out a wholesale deal for the Village and assets on the Olympic Park. The Olympic Delivery Authority said: "Commercial discussions on the Olympic Village are in the final stages and an announcement will be made shortly." Of the 2,800 homes built on the Olympic Village site, half have been sold to provide affordable housing after the 2012 Olympics.

In April three organisations, Delancey & Qatari Diar, Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Wellcome Trust, were shortlisted to submit best and final offers for the remaining homes in the Village and six development plots.

A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesman confirmed they were now in talks, exclusively, with one consortium. He said: "Ministers and the mayor have agreed that Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) should conclude the sale of the Olympic Village. This rules out holding a new competition for a wholesale deal for the Village and the OPLC Olympic Park assets together."

Once the Games are over in September 2012 the Village will be transformed into a new neighbourhood. It will offer high-quality new homes, many of them affordable, as well as education and healthcare facilities, new parklands and public squares.
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I do agree it seems just a trailer.
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President Diack takes a ride on London's Javelin train

Visiting London to attend this weekend's Aviva London Grand Prix, the 12th stop of the Samsung Diamond League series, IAAF President Lamine Diack used the opportunity to the catch a sneak peak of the Javelin Train which will be transporting him and other members of the IAAF Family to Olympic Park when the British capital hosts the 2012 Olympic Games next August.

The newly-refurbished Renaissance Hotel, which rises above the St. Pancras Station in the centre of London, will house the IAAF Family during the Games next year, less than a ten minute journey to London's Olympic Park, thanks to the high speed Javelin Train.

"It was a real pleasure to catch the javelin train this morning and arrive six minutes later at the Olympic Park," President Diack said. "As we plan to use this San Pancras hotel as our hotel during games time, I look forward to joining members of the IAAF family on the train as we can be at the stadium within 15 minutes which is fantastic."

The high speed connection drastically reduces travel time to Olympic Park, a journey which otherwise can take 30 minutes or more by car or London's Underground.

President Diack also said he was impressed by the progress of the athletics facilities with the Games set to begin in just under one year's time.

"I was also very impressed to see the athletics track now virtually installed and believe that the stadium, which will have the decorative wrap, is certain to be an iconic landmark of the Olympics. The team led by my friend and IAAF colleague Seb Coe has done an extraordinary job over the past four years to create a venue fit for Olympic dreams to come true, and I can"t wait to come back in a year's time."
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Early triumph for the Olympics as London test events sell out

Olympics fever has hit London a year before the Games begin, with a series of test events selling out. All tickets have been snapped up for international trials of beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade and basketball and BMX racing in the Olympic Park as spectators rush to catch a first glimpse of the venues and potential medal winners.

It follows sell-outs last month at the mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, which was attended by 5,000 spectators, and at equestrian events at Greenwich Park - though some free tickets were given to schoolchildren.

Crowds of about 50,000 watched the free triathlon test events in Hyde Park at the weekend and 100,000 are expected this Sunday for a 140km cycling road race. Some of the world's best cyclists, including Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish, will race from The Mall to Boxhill in Surrey and back via Putney, Richmond and Kingston.

Cavendish, a sprint specialist dubbed the Manx Missile, said: "I'm coming into the event off the back of a fantastic Tour de France - the British fans out there were brilliant and their support really helped to spur me on, but you can't beat the support of a home crowd and I'm hoping the fans will turn out at the test event to support me and the team."

Tickets for more test events will go on sale this year, with track cycling at the velodrome and diving at the aquatics centre, both next February, expected to attract big demand. The gymnastics facilities will be tested in January, synchronised swimming in April and in May there will be hockey, water polo, athletics and wheelchair tennis. Tickets cost from £5 to £35.

The Standard has learned that 2012 organiser Locog plans to sell tickets for general access to the Olympic Park next year to allow more people to experience the Games atmosphere.
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TfL reveals plans to manage 'huge influx' of visitors during 2012 Olympic Games

Transport for London (TfL) and London 2012 have announced plans to manage the hundreds of thousands of visitors that will descend on the capital for the London 2012 Games.

A ‘huge influx’ of spectators will head to central London to soak up the atmosphere at various Live Sites, NOCs and Games venues and watch the free-to-view cycling and athletics events next summer. ‘Closing traffic lanes to give more space to pedestrians, providing wider crossings and restricting volume of traffic in certain roads’, are just some of the plans specified in the strategy.

TfL also highlighted the need to suspend some parking and loading bays, restrict turns into roads and change bus lanes and stops to cope with the extra traffic.

As widely reported, there will be an Olympic Route Network (ORN) running through key areas of central London to provide a separate lane for athletes to get between their accommodation, training and competition venues. No suggestions as to how TfL plan to tackle the extra strain on the tube network were mentioned however.

Local residents and businesses are being kept up to date with the changes with maps and information about the Central London Zone, which will be based around Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James Park.

"Central London's transformation into a major sporting venue does mean that some changes need to be made to roads and footways, and the maps and other information we've published today are the result of the work TfL and Westminster City Council have done to find the safest and most effective way to manage the area during the Games," said London's Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy.

Leader of Westminster Council, councillor Colin Barrow, said test events this summer will give them an insight into how Westminster will cope.

"Westminster is used to hosting major sporting events but the 2012 Games will present a unique set of challenges and will involve changes to the transport network. We are working closely with TfL and other agencies to ensure that the needs of residents and businesses are balanced with the important task of keeping London and the Games family moving," he explained.
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