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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:05 AM   #3061
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I think the finest Olympics in terms of architecture was the Munich Olympics. But it is so awful to remember what happened there.
I think the Barcelona Olympic stadium as pictured above looks dreadful but the Games there were tremendous. People seem to confuse the success of an Olympic Games with the relative merits of the architecture.
Please wait until the London Games are over before passing comment on how successful or otherwise they are. As the thing that stays in the mind for most people is not the architecture but a certain "magic" that is more a reflection of the whole of the experience.
I know this is a place where architecture is discussed with passion so people bring all sorts of opinions here. The architecture of the London Olympics is for the most part functional in intent.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #3062
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Navy to test anti-terror ability against Olympic attack

The Royal Navy will test its ability to deal with major events, such as a terrorist attack on the Olympics, in a major exercise next week.

Some 8,000 staff and 30 warships will take part in the Joint Warrior exercise



The Joint Warrior exercise involving forces from Europe and North America is aimed at creating a task group that can be deployed to major global incidents.

About 8,000 personnel and 30 warships will take part in the training drill off the west coast of Scotland.

The event takes place twice a year but this time includes 3,000 extra staff.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: "The flexibility of the fleet to deal with unexpected events such as Libya last year or provide security at the Olympics in London is to be put to the test."

'Testing environment'

The two-week exercise will start on Monday and is one of the biggest to be held in the area.

Captain Phil Titterton, commanding officer of Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS), said: "It gives a full spectrum of multinational training in a testing environment and provides all the players with a view on how they would work together under coalition and Nato operations.

"These are the assets that will be used in the event of global operations so they must be able to work alongside each other effectively."

In addition to the UK, Joint Warrior prepares the US, Denmark, Norway, France, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands for a number of maritime threats.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 03:48 PM   #3063
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After visiting the park I am impressed, even with the stadium and orbit.

London doesn't need to make bold statements, it doesn't need to be brash. Its very fitting, the park is coming together nicely and will be impressive.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #3064
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London 2012 Olympics: hosting Games will leave lasting legacy for Britain, says Chinese ambassador to UK

The Olympic countdown clock in Trafalgar Square reminds us that the Games are drawing closer every day. In 102 days the world will turn to London. In distant China excitement and interest is rising.

At the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 the Mayor of Beijing, Mr Guo Jinlong, handed over the Olympic Flag to the Mayor of London, Mr Boris Johnson. Since then people could not help wondering how the UK would once again wow the world.

Four years ago there was doubt and uncertainty about how the Beijing Olympic Games would turn out. The world gave Beijing a chance. In turn Beijing rewarded the world with a pleasant surprise.

Four years on, the Beijing Olympic Games has gone beyond being just a grand sports gathering, where both Chinese and British athletes scored high. It has left a profound legacy for China as a country.

Of course, part of the Olympic legacy is visible assets. They are the spectacular sports stadiums like the “Bird’s Nest” and the “Water Cube”. These stadiums are in constant use.

The visible legacy must also include the state-of-the-art transport infrastructure such as the T3 terminal of the Beijing Capital International Airport, the expanded underground rail network and the express road networks. These facilities have become indispensable in the everyday life of our capital and improved public facilities in culture, tourism and the environment.

Previously, Asia had hosted two Olympic Games, Tokyo in 1964 and Seoul in 1988. These two games had greatly advanced the modernisation process in Japan and the ROK. Likewise, the Beijing Olympic Games has also become a milestone in China’s progress.

In hosting the Olympic Games, Beijing achieved massive gains in its modernisation. Yet more importantly, the Beijing Olympic Games has left a wealth of cultural legacy for the whole of China. It has transformed China in several aspects.

China has become more confident. The Beijing Olympic Games was China’s long held dream coming true. It was also a symbol of China’s maturity after many years of growth.

The 2008 Games placed China on the global stage. This focus in the global spotlight helped China cope with much greater attention from around the world in a calm and confident way as befits a major country, no matter whether it is being complimented or criticised.

China has become more open. The Beijing Olympic Games was China’s debut on the world stage. It helped China send out a strong message of engaging with the world. It strengthened China’s conviction in openness.

Through the Beijing Olympic Games, China is now even more committed to peaceful development and fully aware of a big country’s responsibilities. At the same time China has become more inter-connected with the world. The Beijing Olympic Games offered a great opportunity for Chinese ideas to interact with those from other parts of the world.

The three guiding principles of the Games – green Olympics, high-tech Olympics and people’s Olympics – made the Chinese people far more conscious about environmental protection, scientific innovation and all-round development of themselves.

As a result, sustainable development and a clean environment is our basic goal now. The government is putting more stress on scientific innovation and shift of growth model. Civil participation and voluntarism is nothing new in today’s China.

My British friends often tell me that Beijing has set the bar too high for London. The 2008 Beijing Olympics would be a tough act for London to follow. My reply is there is no uniform criteria for the success of an Olympic Games. As long as the host presents interesting and creative ideas and athletes bring out their best in competitions, then the Games will be successful.

I believe these are exactly the strengths of the UK. Britain has a reservoir of wisdom and resources. It leads the world in ideas and creativity. This is why China has laid so much emphasis on cultural exchanges with the UK.

For the very purpose of boosting China-UK cultural and people-to-people exchanges, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Mr Li Changchun and Chinese State Councillor Madame Liu Yandong are visiting the UK.

They will attend the China Market Focus event at the London Book Fair and Madame Liu will launch the high-level people-to-people dialogue with her UK colleagues. Their visits will certainly lend a new impetus to strong and sustained growth of China-UK relations.

I strongly believe that, like China in 2008, the 2012 London Olympics will be a great success and leave a lasting legacy for the British people.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #3065
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I did, bit poor quality to be honest. Was from in a bus, and it was raining.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:34 PM   #3066
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it looks everything so cheap and poor.
+ 1000. That dosent look to an olympic parc.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #3067
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+ 1000. That dosent look to an olympic parc.
Seriously? You are judging this before it is complete from aerial shots? How can you judge on that basis?

This is an absolute triumph for London. To complete this ahead of schedule and within budget with little or no fuss during the worst economic downturn the world has seen for generations is very commendable indeed.

What does an Olympic Park look like anyway? Like Athens with its car parks and concrete perhaps?:

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Old April 16th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #3068
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Old April 17th, 2012, 12:29 AM   #3069
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What does an Olympic Park look like anyway? Like Athens with its car parks and concrete perhaps?:
You cannot expect the same style of landscape architecture from a meditteranean city and from a north european. The climate conditions are much different comparing Athens and London. Although Athens' Olympic Park has hundred of trees, obviously not much distinct from air photos, it has no grass at all. Santiago Calatrava choose earth, natural light and water instead of grass as the main elements of his landscape architecture there, more suitable to Athens' climate. You cannot have a landscape architectural formation in Athens based on grass, as you cannot have a formation in London based on its sickly, feeble natural light.

And as for the car park in Athens, it was never used during the Olympic Games for the public, only for the athletes and officials, as in every olympic park during the Games.










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Old April 17th, 2012, 12:30 AM   #3070
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I'm a little worried, it still looks like a building site, the trees haven't really matured and the whole thing isn't quite green enough, I hope i'm wrong, hopefully it will look better closer the time when all of the lorries and barriers etc are removed but time is running out.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 01:14 AM   #3071
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The venues and Park have yet to be dressed, and they can't be until the final test event is completed.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #3072
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Going Green for the Games: London Olympic Park becomes officially FSC certified

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has achieved a “world first” for securing FSC and PEFC project certification on the Olympic Park site, with 100% of wood products supplied certified as “legal and sustainable”.

The presentation of FSC and PEFC project certification by auditors Soil Association Woodmark is being hailed as a major achievement and a procurement model for other large-scale projects to follow.

Soil Association Woodmark said the project was a world first for certification of such a huge and complex site. FSC certified material made up 67% of the 12,500m³ timber products procured, while PEFC accounted for 33%.

“It is an outstanding outcome that really shows what can be achieved and it’s a strong platform for the industry to build on,” said Peter Bonfield, leader of construction products at the ODA.

Sustainability has been embedded into the ODA’s construction project from the very beginning as one of its six priority themes. Last month, with the announcement that the Olympic Park is now officially Forest Stewardship Council certified, London 2012 took a giant leap towards achieving its ambition of being the ‘most sustainable games ever’.

More than two-thirds of all wood used in the Olympic Park’s construction is FSC certified. Two excellent examples of how the ODA successfully used the FSC process include the development of the Olympics Village and Velodrome. Village developers used the certification process to ensure that they achieved the desired Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments, providing evidence that the timber comes from legally compliant, responsibly-managed forests.

The iconic Velodrome, the first Olympic Park venue to be completed, has a striking outer cladding which uses 5,000 square meters of western red cedar timber. At the heart of the Velodrome is the 250 metre long FSC certified Siberian pine track.

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Old April 17th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #3073
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Athen's Olympic Park is truly AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!
The stadium is great ! Not like london"s stadium.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #3074
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Old April 17th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #3075
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Athen's Olympic Park is truly AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!
The stadium is great ! Not like london"s stadium.
london has a very big ambition and the engineers are not that stupid as well. london olypic stadium is built to host temporary events, it is indeed a fantastic stadium in terms of flexibility. it will be occupied by a new football club and the stadium will be transformed into a new better looking permanent stadium for one of the world's leading football clubs. london offers plenty of world class stadia and venues. believe me or not the wembley ($1.43bn) is the worlds most expensive football stadium in the world, the emirate stadium (arsenal fc) is also a stunning stadium. london 2012 is aiming to be the greenest olympic ever. many plants, trees, and flowers are being grown in south east england and they will all be dispatched to the olympic park in a few weeks. the entire olympic park will be transformed into a huge urban park at the time, a really wonderful place with many beautiful flowers, butterflies, you can get the fresh air and see plenty of fish in the streams as well london olympic park will be renamed as the queen elizabeth park which will be the biggest urban park in europe, all of those apartments will be sold to many people from around the world and westfield europe's largest shopping centre is also already built there. this park will not become a ghost town like you see in beijing, their birds nest looks nice but it is now soulless and empty. well, london has a different approach, aiming high and saying on top of the game.

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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #3076
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The official London 2012 motto has been revealed as "Inspire a generation".
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