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Old June 7th, 2010, 03:58 PM   #1721
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Danny Boyle lined up to direct 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

When the Chinese film director Zhang Yimou was enlisted to orchestrate the inaugural ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the world waited with excitement and later praised the breathtaking results.

Now, Britain appears to have adopted China's tried and tested method, as speculation mounted yesterday over the claim that the Oscar-winning British film director Danny Boyle would be overseeing the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Organisers are believed to have approached Boyle, who directed the international box-office hit Slumdog Millionaire, to direct the opening ceremony, which will take place at the newly constructed Olympic stadium in Stratford.

Ever since the spectacular opening of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, directed by Yimou, British organisers have hoped to emulate it with their own production in two years' time.

A spokeswoman from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) said she could not confirm Boyle's involvement, or the rumour that organisers were in logistical talks with him.

She added that no contracts had yet been signed and that they were in talks with a number of people about availability. "A lot of talented people would like to be involved that may have other commitments," she said.

However, there is a mounting belief that Boyle is seen as the answer to organisers' dreams. An unnamed senior source was quoted as saying: "We want the most imaginative ceremony the world has ever seen".

Another insider added: "Nothing has been signed yet, but we do fully expect him [Boyle] to do it."

Boyle, 53, has spoken of his admiration for the Games in the past and issued no denial over this latest claim. The director, who lives near the site of the Games in east London, praised the competition. "It feels like it's a project that will bed itself in the East End and do a lot of good," he said.

When asked if he had been approached by Locog, he reportedly answered: "I can't say any more. It would be lovely, wouldn't it?"

Many see Slumdog Millionaire, which was set in Mumbai, as proof of his ability to bridge cultures, which would help to portray Britain as an open, diverse society in 2012.

The film dramatised the transformation of a poverty-stricken Mumbai boy by the Indian adaptation of the television quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and was described by critics as "visually astonishing".

However, it is a moot point whether London can match the immense scale of the inaugural ceremony in Beijing. London's ceremony is expected to attract a live audience of about 80,000 and be seen around the world on television.

Meanwhile, further speculation is growing over whether the 13-strong acrobatics group Spellbound – who won the reality television competition Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night – will also be involved in the opening ceremony of the Games.

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The Olympic Games won't begin for another two years, but the on-site culinary options are set to be temporarily upgraded from builders' bacon butties..

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Old June 9th, 2010, 02:04 AM   #1724
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:40 AM   #1725
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Architects draw up plans to adapt ExCeL centre for Olympics



Allies & Morrison, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Populous have drawn up plans to adapt London’s ExCeL conference centre into a venue for the 2012 Olympics.

The team’s proposals – which are expected to be approved by Newham Council this evening – include a main entry plaza with 1,000sq m of tents and canopies, in an open area of around 8,000 sq m.

The centre itself will be divided into five arenas suitable for seven Olympic and six Paralympic sports, including table tennis and judo, with extra facilities including training facilities built around it.

There will also be back-of-house facilities including warm-up areas and a broadcast compound.

The inclusive design will include water fountains for guide dogs. The entire development will be surrounded by a temporary security fence.

Up to 40,000 spectators are expected to visit the centre daily during the games.

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With the United Kingdom being the focal points of Big Brother (1984 and etc) I get the slightest hint of the whole "eye in the sky" reference for Big Brothers with these mascots.
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Could green technology be the games’ greatest legacy?

How does the Olympic Park stack up against the ambitious environmental bid pledges of 2005

The totemic Angel of Leyton turned out to be rather less powerful than Olympic organisers hoped. The 130m-tall wind turbine, the symbol of the so-called 2012 Green Games, was scrapped last week after it emerged it was no longer viable and would have been completed two years late.


But it wasn’t just the pound signs that didn’t add up. It became clear that Stratford was not windy enough and the turbine would have provided half the amount of power that had been expected.

The embarrassing news follows BD’s revelation that the mini turbines attached to lighting columns in the Olympic Park will produce a tiny fraction of the power needed by the site.

The latest announcement was welcomed by Olympic watchers who described it as expensive “eco-bling” which would have contributed little to the games’ “One Planet” sustainability targets that so impressed the International Olympic Committee back in 2005.

Gareth Bacon, Conservative environment spokesman on the London Assembly, accuses the Olympic Delivery Authority of presiding over a “fiasco”. Scrapping the turbine was the right decision, he says, but he questions why it took four years.

“The turbine would have been a tokenistic gesture,” he says. “There are times and places for these things but the middle of the worst recession since the great depression is not the time to spend money on things that don’t do anything… There has to be a degree of pragmatism shown towards sustainability.”

Bacon believes it would “not be a disaster” if a cash-strapped London broke the promises that won it the games, though he is not advocating doing this deliberately.

“The IOC is not going to take the games away from London. They will still go ahead in 2012,” he says. “It would be brilliant if we could have done it as was originally envisaged. But circumstances have changed markedly since then and it would be foolish not to adapt ourselves to the circumstances. We won the games on a bid of Ł3 billion and that’s tripled, so it wouldn’t be the only thing that’s changed since the bid was written.”

But Bill Dunster of Zedfactory describes this view as “incredibly short-sighted”.

He sees the Olympics as the perfect chance for the UK to demonstrate international best practice and design, to initiate structural change in an environmentally unfriendly industry and to make itself internationally competitive.

This has been done in one exceptional area: the creation of low-carbon concrete specifically for the games will transform an entire industry, according to Dunster. Aggregate Industries won the contract to provide all the ready-mixed concrete for the games by promising to make it on-site with ingredients brought in by rail.

Style vs substance

His criticisms are echoed by Shaun McCarthy, chairman of independent monitoring body the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, which has just published its annual review, Raising the bar: Can London 2012 set new standards for sustainability?

He believes the games and venues will honour the promises made in the London 2012 Sustainability Plan, and lists a string of successes, but he raises concerns about legacy.

His report warns: “With just over two years to go before the ’inspirational power of the games’ moves to Rio, never to return to London, there is no comprehensive plan to fulfil the bid’s pledge to make the Olympic Park a blueprint for sustainable living.”

McCarthy has staked his reputation on ensuring a green games and that doesn’t just mean the few weeks of competition.

Like Dunster, he believes the games’ greatest legacy would be to put the UK at the cutting edge of green technology.

UK industries could become world leaders in areas such as managing embodied carbon if the knowledge from London 2012 is captured and disseminated through the public and private sectors. But he has real fears that those lessons will not be learnt.

“The question is: will the Olympics take us any further forward or will we all go back after the party with a hangover to business as usual?” he says. “If [the latter] is the case, we will have failed to deliver on our promises to supply change and I wouldn’t have been successful as chairman.

“The construction industry needs to be proactive and start applying some of the lessons the ODA has been learning.

“Government needs to give that agenda ministerial support. It also needs to set an example in its own procurement. By the time the keys are handed over to the legacy company, I would like to see the ODA’s standards look quite ordinary.”

He is far more optimistic about the games themselves, and says scrapping the wind turbine won’t affect the event’s environmental performance.

The headline sustainability targets are for 20% of electricity during the games to come from local renewable energy sources and for carbon emissions after the games to be 50% less than specified by the 2006 building regulations.

“Our absolute expectation is that we will achieve that,” says McCarthy. “From our point of view it’s what you achieve, rather than how you achieve it. “Now we move to Plan B – biomass gasification. They are assuring me they will still achieve 20% through this and solar power.”

However, biomass gasification – heating wood chips to produce a gas which fuels generators – is hardly sexy. If London really wants to be remembered as the green games, doesn’t it need a visual symbol?

The commission and the ODA are adamant that it is substance, not style, that is ultimately important. “A turbine looks quite spectacular,” admits McCarthy. “By contrast biomass is an insignificant machine tucked away in a drab plant room. But if that’s the most cost-effective way of generating the power, it’s the right way to go. It’s also potentially more replicable.”

Lessons to learn

Dunster points out that biomass has its drawbacks – the amount of fuel that can be grown sustainably is limited – and that it needs to be used with other renewables.

“All these things are possible but bolting them on now is like badges on a boy scout’s shirt. I have seen the designs and the buildings are not optimised for photovoltaic.
It’s an afterthought.”

Some of the venues do score in other respects. Populous’s lightweight Olympic Stadium and Hopkins’ velodrome have both won plaudits for their environmental performance.

By contrast Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre has come under fire from the commission for using enormous quantities of steel in its roof, a criticism also levelled at Anish Kapoor’s landmark sculpture for the site.

“The Aquatics Centre is a fantastic building but 30,000 tonnes of steel is ridiculous, particularly compared to the velodrome which uses 1,000,” concludes McCarthy.
“It’s not the architects’ fault. They weren’t briefed to design a low-energy building but a beautiful one that would win the bid. But we can learn from this.”

It could almost be his mantra.

Key findings of the sustainability Review:

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-The ODA is on track to meet most sustainability targets.

-Hopkins’ velodrome has a low-carbon footprint because it uses just 1,000 tonnes of steel in its roof, is almost 100% naturally ventilated and uses large amounts of natural light.

-Populous’s Olympic Stadium uses surplus gas pipes in the lighting rig.

-Hydrofluorocarbons have been replaced by ammonia as a refrigerant after the

-Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 raised concerns. This led to a redesign of the Aquatics Centre to accommodate a different chilling system.

-After pressure from the commission, the ODA procured PVC for cladding produced without using carcinogenic phthalate plasticisers.

-The Olympic Village, Aquatics Centre, Eton Manor, utilities buildings and the main press centre will all have elements of “living roofs” providing 15,000sq m of habitat for local wildlife.

-Network Rail and Crossrail are using the ODA standards.

Brickbats

-Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre was criticised for using 30,000 tonnes of steel.

-Concerns that sustainability lessons learnt by the ODA will not become standard practice for the construction industry.

-The ambition for zero waste to be landfilled is proving a big challenge.The commission is watching to make sure commitments are not dropped.

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London 2012 team will "refresh" the opening ceremony

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced today that four leading UK creatives will form a team of Executive Producers who will oversee the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
The team will be:

Stephen Daldry, Oscar winning film and theatre director as Executive Producer, Creative
Mark Fisher, concert, theatre and Beijing 2008 Games designer as Executive Producer, Design
Hamish Hamilton, Grammy and BAFTA award nominated TV director as Executive Producer, Broadcast
Catherine Ugwu, Producer for the 15th Asian Games in Doha in 2006, the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 as Executive Producer, Production
Danny Boyle, Oscar winning British filmmaker and producer, will be the Artistic Director for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. An Artistic Director for the Olympic Closing Ceremony and one for the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be appointed later this year. Images of the team are available to download here.

Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘These Games are bringing together world-class British talent. Each one of these individuals would hold their own on the worldwide stage and they are joining names like children’s author Michael Morpurgo who has created the story behind our highly successful mascots. We are delighted with the team we have brought together to deliver our ceremonies in 2012.’

Danny Boyle said: ‘I’m honoured to have been invited to be the Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s a completely unique opportunity to contribute to what I’m sure are going to be a fantastic Games, I’m really excited to be involved.’

Stephen Daldry said: ‘Myself and my co-executive producers will ensure there is creative continuity across all four ceremonies, that the public have real engagement and that we continue to attract into key roles the best talent in the world. I’m delighted to be part of the team.’

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said: ‘The opening and closing ceremonies are the jewels in the crown of any Olympics and Paralympics and are one of the benchmarks against which all Games are judged.

‘I am very pleased that British directors and producers of such outstanding international calibre and acclaim have given their backing to London 2012. With their creativity and expertises on board, I’m sure that London’s showpiece events will make Britain proud.’

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘This is a brilliant team bringing together some of the most imaginative people in the world. The work they have produced over the years has been quite extraordinary, with an impact not just in the UK, but also on the international stage.

'They exemplify some of the greatest attributes we have - creativity, vision, and intelligence - which will be critical to ensuring shows that are as stunning as they are uniquely British.’

3 Mills Studios, East London’s centre for the creative industries and in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium itself, will be the production centre for the London 2012 Ceremonies Team, and a base from where the Victory Ceremonies and Torch Relays will be produced. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) is taking over ownership of the studio from the London Development Agency (LDA), with this deal will see LOCOG’s staff from the Culture, Ceremonies, Education and Lives Sites Team moving into offices at 3 Mills Studios in October 2010, and LOCOG expects to have around 450 full time staff plus hundreds of contractors and production volunteers in 2011. The OPLC will assume the obligations of the LDA under the Studio Use Agreement. Normal film, TV and rehearsal activity will continue at 3 Mills Studios at the same time as the Ceremonies team develop and rehearse the London 2012 Ceremonies in part of the 20 acre, 14 stage complex.

Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company said: '3 Mills Studios is among the hotbed of talent and emerging artists that surround the Olympic Park. The rich cultural heritage of the Studios, combined with its renowned production facilities, make it a natural fit for the creative powerhouse that is the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies team.

‘Boosting London’s creative and media industries is a significant part of our vision for the Olympic Park. What could be a stronger signal of our commitment than the creation of hundreds of jobs at 3 Mills to produce a series of spectacular shows that will be watched by a world-wide audience of more than a billion.’

From the 1980’s the Studios in Bow East London, has been used as a film, television and West End production site. Notables who have made films here include Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Mike Leigh, Michael Winterbottom and Danny Boyle. West End Theatre has included the rehearsals for Billy Elliot the Musical and Oliver! The Musical. There is evidence to suggest the original Mills here were listed in the Doomsday Book and date back to the 11th century. Over time the mills have produced flour, gun powder and until the Second World War was used primarily for the production of Gin.

LOCOG has joined forces with FiveCurrents and Unspun in association with Arcadis via their consortium entitled Flow Productions Limited, to create a standalone production company called London 2012 Ceremonies Ltd. This company will produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The appointment of FiveCurrents and Unspun and Arcadisfollows an exhaustive procurement process to find a delivery partner able to provide production services for these extraordinary and complex events.

Working alongside the LOCOG appointed Executive Producers and Artistic Directors to realise four innovative and visionary World Class Ceremonies, Flow productions will establish the company and oversee its financial, administrative and procurement processes.
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Can the huge expense of this development ever be justified when much of the world's population doesn't even have access to clean water?
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