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Sustainable Olympic stadium: a leader in the global green movement...

Sustainable Olympic stadium: a leader in the global green movement... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With its red running tracks surrounded by black and white seats and floodlights stretching above the roof, London’s elliptically shaped Olympic Stadium resembles many other sporting venues.

But the building’s principal designer, Philip Johnson, believes it will lead a global movement towards sustainable architecture.

Mostly lightweight steel was used in the construction, the roof is made of PVC and the stadium boasts a fabric curtain, designed to minimize crosswinds. Moreover, the water collected from the roof is used to flush the toilets, while the earth embankments that surround the stadium protect the biodiversity of the site by encouraging plants to grow.

“We want to use as little material as possible,” said Johnson, of the architectural consultancy, Populous, which is headquartered in the US city of Kansas, but has offices around the world, including one in the British capital...

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Greening the Games: Architecture of the 2012 London Olympics

Greening the Games: Architecture of the 2012 London Olympics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Hosting the Olympics very well may be one of the greatest drivers of new construction for a city... 

However, the majority of the architecture of the 2012 Olympics is of a somewhat different nature than previous years, with an underlying sense of pragmatism, reflective of the current economy and state of global consciousness.

Innovation, flexibility and sustainability are core concepts for the actual events, as well as the structures in which they are held. Temporary pavilions and structures, pedestrian-oriented site design, and upgrades to the existing infrastructure and transportation systems are just a few means by which the Olympic Delivery Authority has met the heightened environmental standards for both short and long-term development...

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The Top 6 Green Buildings at the 2012 London Olympics

The Top 6 Green Buildings at the 2012 London Olympics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 2012 London Olympics could very well be the most sustainable Summer Games on record...

No Olympic organizers have worked harder to make this massive event more environmentally responsible than London 2012. That commitment has carried over to many of the Games’ buildings, including the main Olympic Stadium, the lightest ever built. The 80,000 seat stadium boasts a bevy of sustainable construction features, including rainwater harvesting, a fabric roof and interesting choices in recycled materials. With no disrespect to the Game’s focal point, we here at Inhabitat have come up with what we believe are the six greenest buildings built for the 2012 London Olympics.

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The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion: a symbol of innovation in design & sustainability

The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion: a symbol of innovation in design & sustainability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

BMW Pavilion represents a significant architectural addition to the Olympic Park, showing a range of the company’s latest vehicles against the backdrop of the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

 

Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group UK comments: “The role of the Pavilion is two-fold – to explain the support we’re providing as the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to provide a powerful visual symbol of our commitment to the highest standards of innovation in design and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming visitors and guests to the BMW Group Pavilion throughout the Games.”

Water plays a central role in the Pavilion’s design. The Waterworks River provides the water, which is filtered and used to cool the building as it flows down the walls, before being returned to the river. The upper floor is surrounded by water, reflecting views of the Olympic Park and each of the rooftop pavilions has a distinctive, light roof and slender, straight columns, designed to complement other Olympic Park structures including the Velodrome.

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