Archinect - News 2014-08-20T12:35:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106342044/ten-years-on-athens-2004-gives-greece-little-to-cheer Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ca0f22c12a41a539bb41b7838a9960a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104964607/slums-siza-and-squatting-icymi-weekly-news-round-up-for-july-21-2014 Slums, Siza and squatting: ICYMI Weekly News Round-Up for July 21, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-28T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzfh9e19cqv22sx9.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Case You Missed It, a look back at the major happenings from last week's News.</p><p><strong>Friday, July 25</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum</a>: Venezuelans initially began living in the abandoned office towers in 2007, due to the country's burgeoning financial crisis. They are now being evicted by Caracas city officials, citing safety concerns in the 45-floor building.</li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court</a>: Olympic officials settled with designers from <a href="http://atopiainnovation.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atopia</a>, who claimed the cauldron design relied heavily on their ideas without citation. While Atopia's influence has been recognized, design of the cauldron is still credited to <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, July 24</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104955739/lvaro-siza-donates-his-architectural-archives-to-institutions-in-portugal-and-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza donates his architectural archives to institutions in Portugal and Canada</a>:&nbsp;The archive will be divided up between the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the <a href="http://www.gulbenkian.pt/Institucional/en/Homepage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o Gulbenkian</a> in Lisbon and the <a href="http://www.serralves.pt/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o de Serralves</a> in Porto.</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Wat...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/103705443/protests-pay-off-as-hadid-alters-tokyo-stadium Protests pay off as Hadid alters Tokyo stadium Alexander Walter 2014-07-08T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trfpphs3biyzzs3z.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid Architects has admitted it has made changes to its design for the stadium that will be the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The firm has faced hostility in Japan with critics complaining that the proposed 80,000-seat stadium is too big, too costly and clashes with Tokyo&rsquo;s urban planning. At the weekend, 500 protestors marched around the existing National Stadium to demonstrate over plans to replace it with Hadid&rsquo;s proposal [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98505295/3xn-to-design-the-new-international-olympic-committee-hq-in-lausanne 3xn to design the new International Olympic Committee HQ in Lausanne Justine Testado 2014-04-22T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vkxsb1wdoncn2tb.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>3xn was chosen by the International Olympic Committee as the architectural partner to design the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC selected the Danish firm after a collective decision by the IOC Architecture College during a March 25 meeting... The design for the new headquarters will be revealed at a later date arranged by the IOC.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning concept for the IOC Headquarters will be located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva providing an &lsquo;Olympic campus&rsquo; of administrative buildings for 500 employees. 3xn has worked continuously on their proposal since last July when they were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76375076/international-olympic-committee-announces-design-shortlist-for-its-new-lausanne-hq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted with 12 international all-star practices</a>.</p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/3xn_to_design_the_new_international_olympic_committee_hq_in_lausanne/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more info.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94269335/olympics-set-to-transform-rio-but-for-better-or-worse Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ea0de8a4113cebd741c4020d5db56ea.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74774513/once-unsafe-rio-s-shantytowns-see-rapid-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93000785/is-that-a-luge-in-times-square Is that a luge in Times Square? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-06T16:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:19:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xeun8y38vetpehd.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg&rsquo;s vision of new sporting venues across the boroughs fizzled, and New York lost its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. But what if the city had tried to get the Winter Olympics instead? It would probably take more hubris than even this city can muster, but the exercise provides some telling measures of scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91224240/sochi-olympic-pavilion-will-transform-into-giant-3d-portraits Sochi Olympic pavilion will transform into giant 3D portraits Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-14T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T12:51:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/61m9xlvf2z6ak6dr.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> London-designer <a href="http://www.asif-khan.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asif Khan</a>'s pavilion for the Sochi 2014 Olympics is essentially a building-sized pin screen, capable of transforming its facade into 3D projections of visitors' faces. Khan designed the pavilion for MegaFon, the general partner of the Sochi Winter Olympics and one of Russia's largest telecommunications companies. Visitors can have their photo taken at 3D photo booths stationed around the pavilion and throughout MegaFon retailers preceding the games, and then watch the facade shift into gigantic portraits.</p> <p> Khan also designed the <a href="http://www.asif-khan.com/project/coca-cola-beatbox-pavilion/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion</a> for London's Summer Olympics in 2012. Check out a test-run of the pin screen in the video below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8b6k1nbn1xx9xcns.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back Hadid’s stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games ‘to be scaled back’ Archinect 2013-10-25T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T13:23:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b745e5fe1f34df16ed4e80993b0eeb1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six months after the Japanese government approved Hadid&rsquo;s proposals, the country&rsquo;s parliament has signalled a reverse in its support. Hakubun Shimomura, the minister in charge of education, sports and science, said that the New National Stadium would cost 300 billion yen (&pound;1.8 billion) to build and that was &ldquo;too massive a budget&rdquo;. The design of the 80,000-seat stadium will be preserved but Mr Shimomura said: &ldquo;We need to rethink this and scale it down.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84833004/investing-in-risk-how-the-gherkin-became-a-british-icon Investing in risk: How the Gherkin became a British icon Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-23T20:50:00-04:00 >2013-12-05T18:52:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9nwbezmtuqhr3r2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture is stuck between past and future -- years of anticipatory planning designs a structure that, once constructed, is stuck referring to all that came before.&nbsp; A building can't actually predict the future, although it seems like the best ones always run the risk of trying. Jonathan Massey's essay "Risk Design", perceives architecture as a mediator and optimizer of risks, using&nbsp;Foster + Partner's fantastically phallic skyliner in London's financial district, known as the "Gherkin", as a case study. Massey turns the Gherkin inside out, mapping details of its design onto local and global concerns such as terrorism and global warming, in an attempt to understand how architecture negotiates risks, and whether it succeeds. That the Gherkin's major tenant, Swiss Re, is a reinsurance company adds no small irony to his study.</p> <p> Archinect is proud to feature Massey's piece in full, in line with our ongoing investigation of architectural accountability. "Risk Design" was originally ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-10T13:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-17T10:20:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r5f60r2lemaohnx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has gathered a throng of designers including Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto to oppose the design of Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Maki, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993, has organised a symposium where Japanese architects will protest against the scale of the proposed 80,000-seat stadium, which is set to become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80594824/waterworld-koen-olthuis-floating-structures-from-slums-to-stadiums Waterworld: Koen Olthuis' floating structures, from slums to stadiums Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-29T14:17:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:48:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bqo48pc7ryc5st.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[It] is the same technology as we use in Holland. It&rsquo;s made up of concrete caisson, boxes, a shoebox of concrete. We fill them with styrofoam. So with [these] you get unthinkable floating foundations [...] The house itself is the same as a normal house, the same material. Then you want to figure out how to get water and electricity and remove sewage and use the same technology as cruise ships." - Koen Olthuis</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dutch architect Koen Olthuis sees the future of architecture floating out to sea -- quite literally. Responding to undeniable ecological shifts of rising sea levels and seasonal flooding, Olthuis has proposed floatable-projects all along the social spectrum, designing prefabricated multi-use units for waterfront slums in Dhaka, "amphibious" housing in Holland and Columbia,&nbsp;private island-villas for the "stupidly rich", and foldable Olympic stadiums.</p> <p> See projects from Olthius'&nbsp;<a href="http://www.waterstudio.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waterstudio.NL</a>, in the tradition of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49772782/floating-architecture-finding-ways-to-live-with-rising-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floating architecture inspired by Dutch history and worldwide realities</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016 Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016 Places Journal 2013-04-15T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T17:38:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80itd6jsj684xt1j.jpg" width="514" height="553" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atlanta and Rio are but two chapters in the long history of displacement that has accompanied mega-events like the Olympics. Similar dynamics reshaped London&rsquo;s Clays Lane Estate, Beijing&rsquo;s hutongs, the Marousi Roma settlement in Athens, Barcelona&rsquo;s Poblenou and Seoul&rsquo;s hanoks. . . . Today the people of Vila Aut&oacute;dromo are struggling for what housing scholar-activist Chester Hartman has aptly called &ldquo;the right to stay put.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> As plans unfold for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, MIT's Lawrence Vale and Annemarie Gray consider the case of Vila Aut&oacute;dromo, a former fishing colony on the Olympic site whose residents have organized to resist displacement. They compare ongoing events in Rio to the demolition of Atlanta's Techwood Homes, the first public housing in America, prior to the 1996 Olympics.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67094314/putin-s-olympic-steamroller-in-sochi Putin's Olympic steamroller in Sochi Nam Henderson 2013-02-07T11:44:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T17:45:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rdsb8w52tv9v2icn.jpg" width="514" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"But now the Olympics is hell for me and for everyone who lives along this street. It is hell and we feel very bitter towards the government. Even if it is prestigious for the country to host the Games it is a calamity, a real calamity."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Daniel Sandford explores the disruptions, the preparations for the <a href="http://www.sochi2014.com/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Sochi Winter Olympics</a> are causing for citizens. People have been relocated to make way for the Olympic Park and other facilities, however they complain that they haven't been fully compensated. Plus, it is already become the most expensive Olympics ever, although it is argued that this is because the resort and all associated facilities/infrastructure&nbsp;are having to be built-from-scratch. Moreover, Dmitry Chernyshenk the President of ANO 'Organizing Committee Sochi 2014' argues "<em>We are leaving a great transport legacy</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55300689/architectural-white-elephants-beijing-london-and-the-post-olympics-curse Architectural White Elephants: Beijing, London, and The Post-Olympics Curse Archinect 2012-08-14T19:43:30-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:56:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/2306d166e9e15a89c0b5015cdb6b6183.jpg" width="503" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sydney spent three times its original $2 billion Games budget&mdash;its Olympics facilities still operate at a loss. Most of Athens&rsquo; stadia remain empty, some in graffiti-covered disrepair.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55300085/the-architecture-of-london-2012-official-olympic-sponsorship The architecture of London 2012 official Olympic sponsorship Nam Henderson 2012-08-14T19:31:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T19:41:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mg/mg8y8byd7mnqp5eh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Give Coca-Cola points for architectural originality. It has built what looks like a series of red and white plastic blocks that have just been hit with buckshot and are exploding into shards. What is this thing? It is the Coca-Cola Beat Box, a &ldquo;building that you can play,&rdquo; as the company&rsquo;s many young docents will exuberantly explain.</p></em><br /><br /><p> David Segal took readers on a tour of the corporate&nbsp;sponsorship&nbsp; pavilions at London's Olympic Park. Mr. Segal found&nbsp;corporate self-promotion run amok. Along with a range of architectural follies.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55236546/london-2012-bmw-pavilion-by-serie-architects London 2012 BMW Pavilion by Serie Architects Alexander Walter 2012-08-13T17:16:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T17:21:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmf0oic1pw1pvu38.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the London 2012 Olympic Games still fondly in our memories, here is another architectural attraction you may have missed while watching the recent sporting events: the London 2012 BMW Group Pavilion designed by Serie Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/54937411/olympics-2012-what-happens-next Olympics 2012: What happens next? Archinect 2012-08-08T13:18:00-04:00 >2012-08-09T17:39:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a3dd66640c44c4593c14c8256e4d93a.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s surprising win that morning was attributed to its focus on urban regeneration and legacy: perhaps the first time an Olympic bid had specifically presented the Games as merely the warm up for a longer-term rejuvenation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/54220475/remember-when-the-olympics-used-to-have-an-art-and-architecture-competition-no Remember When the Olympics Used to Have an Art (and Architecture) Competition? No? Archinect 2012-07-26T14:05:00-04:00 >2012-07-27T19:27:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fbf7a6dacc22743f2703a333f5ddc11.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin's great dream to marry the aesthetic with the athletic&mdash;thus, every Olympics between 1912 and 1948 awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to artists. There were five categories of individual competition: Architecture, painting, sculpture, literature, and music.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Charles Downing Lay was the only American to win a medal in 1936, taking home silver in the Municipal Planning division of the Architecture category for his design titled "Marine Park in Brooklyn."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54219873/diving-ticket-holders-informed-of-obstructed-views-in-zaha-designed-aquatics-centre Diving ticket-holders informed of obstructed views in Zaha-designed Aquatics Centre Archinect 2012-07-26T14:01:00-04:00 >2012-08-08T21:47:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/3739afq9qdhrqpu6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 600 seats in question only concern 10-meter platform events, which start Monday. Small portions of the dives may not be visible. The Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre features a dipping roof that limits viewing from the highest seats.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53873145/olympic-urbanism-the-athletes-village Olympic Urbanism: The Athletes' Village Places Journal 2012-07-20T14:06:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T18:56:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9m/9m2rfjsrcsvme259.jpg" width="514" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the 1928 Amsterdam games, athletes were accommodated in spare rooms in boarding houses and aboard ships. The first Olympic Village was built in 1932, in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, but it was dismantled after the games and virtually no trace survives today. Not until the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki did host cities began to plan and develop permanent structures for housing athletes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> When the Olympic Games open next week in London, showpiece venues like Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s Aquatics Centre and Populous&rsquo;s Olympic Stadium will be the center of the world&rsquo;s attention. But when the games are over, the greatest impact on London urbanism will be from the 2,800 new apartments converted from athlete housing. On Places, Anisha Gade looks at the history of Olympic Villages, from derelict ruins in Berlin to suburban townhomes in Sydney to a large public housing development in Athens.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53293231/how-to-fill-an-empty-bird-s-nest-beijing-s-olympic-woes How To Fill An Empty Bird's Nest: Beijing's Olympic Woes Paul Petrunia 2012-07-10T13:55:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T18:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rv/rvzguhe2huoumrdi.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei has never set foot inside the [Bird's Nest]. He told NPR that the stadium has become entirely divorced from ordinary people. "We love this building, but we don't like the content they have put in, the kind of propaganda. They dissociated this building [from] citizens' celebration or happiness, [it's] not integrated with the city's life," Ai said. "So I told them I will never go to this building."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The attached photos were taken by me on a recent trip to Beijing.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49079153/zaha-calls-london-olympics-organizers-rude Zaha calls London Olympics organizers "rude" Archinect 2012-05-21T13:33:00-04:00 >2012-05-27T22:58:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gi/giurhojrwqkqtajm.jpg" width="200" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect who created the &pound;269 million aquatics centre has criticised &ldquo;rude&rdquo; Games bosses for not inviting her to a single event. Zaha Hadid claimed she was not asked to the opening or closing ceremonies of the Games, or to any of the diving and swimming heats at her acclaimed building in the Olympic Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/44887145/london-data-center-geeks-will-live-in-pods-to-dodge-olympic-traffic London Data Center Geeks Will Live in Pods to Dodge Olympic Traffic Archinect 2012-04-13T19:01:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T14:54:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8b71163e83742a2e9f4de8f878396c7a.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Staffers at some London data centers won&rsquo;t be burdened with long commutes when the 2012 Olympics roll into town this summer and jam up city streets. Instead, they&rsquo;ll have futuristic sleeping pods to crash in so they can never leave work. In the past month, a London company called PodTime has sold 19 pods at &pound;1,375 ($2,190) a pop to three collocation facilities, including a data center operated by Interxion, says Jon Gray, the founder of the 1-year-old company.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-05T15:13:00-05:00 >2012-03-06T19:30:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/em20jp4kjhddih61.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The authorities think progress is demolishing our community just so they can host the Olympics for a few weeks</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/misc/pixel.gif">Brazilian government is evicting people and demolishing thousands of homes to stage the&nbsp;Olympics&nbsp;and the World Cup.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;These events were supposed to celebrate Brazil&rsquo;s accomplishments, but the opposite is happening,&rdquo; said Christopher Gaffney, a professor at Rio&rsquo;s Fluminense Federal University. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing an insidious pattern of trampling on the rights of the poor and cost overruns that are a nightmare.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>The favela evictions have struck a particular nerve on the streets. A network of activists in 12 cities estimates that as many as 170,000 people may face eviction ahead of the World Cup and the Olympics. In Rio, evictions are taking place in slums across the city, including the Metr&ocirc; favela near the Maracan&atilde; stadium, where residents who refused to move live amid the rubble of bulldozed homes.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/34060917/thought-and-quality-london-s-2012-olympic-village Thought and quality: London's (2012) Olympic Village Nam Henderson 2012-01-10T20:36:00-05:00 >2012-01-11T19:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fgnjqi2jhypg48k.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reviving the Maida Vale model is often talked about but rarely done, and although the athletes' village version hasn't quite captured the lushness and generosity of the originals, it is at least there. It is also welcome that there is a degree of calm to the buildings, compared to the frenzied gesticulations, the visual shouts of "buy me, buy me" that typify most works of regeneration.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Rowan Moore visits the 2012 Olympic Village in London. The now athlete and later, mix of affordable and for profit, mass housing estate, is a massive go at post-Olympic regeneration. The village features design and planning work by the likes of Fletcher Priest, Arup and West 8 and he acknowledges that&nbsp;in a former job he helped select them. However, despite the strengths and weaknesses of the project, what is most&nbsp;disappointing&nbsp;to Moore is the fact the precedent it sets comes as the result of the huge energy associated with the&nbsp;Olympic Games and not just standard&nbsp;operating&nbsp;procedure.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/30827539/the-arcelormittal-orbit-tower The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Archinect 2011-12-13T19:58:58-05:00 >2011-12-22T22:34:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a59e7e4f29fba97ee8c87e023cf85f02.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The name of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower is a real mouthful, a hybrid title for a mongrel artwork. The contorted steel &ldquo;sculpture-cum-tower-cum-engineering feat,&rdquo; in the inelegant phrase of Tate director Nicholas Serota, is the totem of our Olympic games, rising more than 375 feet out of the central plaza of the park, on former light industrial land equidistant between Stratford and Hackney Wick in east London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/29115482/london-s-olympic-venues-challenge-architects London's Olympic venues challenge architects Archinect 2011-11-29T00:10:56-05:00 >2011-11-29T02:29:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/4496700da697024c244dbcc5affd6c1f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In London's case the practicality of the architecture is a reaction to the economic rather than the political excesses of the recent past. The 2012 Games are shaping up, in fact, as one of the clearest signs yet that the architectural boom years of the last decade or so in the West have definitively ended.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/27374095/architecture-student-s-design-selected-for-5-olympic-coin Architecture student's design selected for £5 Olympic coin Archinect 2011-11-13T22:13:20-05:00 >2011-11-13T22:15:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l19696qkxoazifa6.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saiman Miah, studying for his Masters degree at Birmingham School of Architecture designed the Olympic coin which features architectural elements of London's skyline and pictograms of athletes around the edge to create a clock face inspired by Big Ben.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/12696329/results-of-the-rio-de-janeiro-olympic-port-competition Results of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Port Competition Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T21:39:36-04:00 >2011-07-15T14:35:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jks40bw3x0jcav1f.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the competition for the Olympic Port in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the winning entries have been announced. [...] The competition aims to rebuild the old harbor area of &#8203;&#8203;Rio and thus be an important agent of this long-awaited process of urban renewal for the city and the entire region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>