sábado, 28 de julio de 2012

#books #architecture | The architecture of London 2012 : vision, design and legacy

The architecture of London 2012 : vision, design and legacy / Tom Dyckhoff & Claire Barrett ; commissioned photography by Edmund Sumner
John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex : 2012
264 p. : il., col. y n.
ISBN 9781119993865

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This guide describes the buildings created for the London 2012 Games, including both permanent and temporary structures built for the Olympic Park and venues across the city. Two of Britain's most incisive and entertaining writers on contemporary architecture and design, Tom Dyckhoff and Claire Barrett, examine what's been built, who designed the work and how it is set to transform London itself. Considering the human as well as the architectural stories behind the designs, they also look at how the programme for the 2012 Games has pioneered a new level of sustainability and explore the lasting legacy of London 2012.

The Architecture of London 2012 features a foreword by James Bulley, Director of Venues and Infrastructure for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Bulley says, "London 2012 represents a notable shift in approach to the presentation, architecture and design of venues for an Olympic and Paralympic Games." Authors Tom Dyckhoff and Claire Barrett analyse this shift by speaking to many of the architects, designers and influencers that have been instrumental in creating the iconic ‘look’ of London 2012, such as Sir Nicholas Serota (Design Champion for LOCOG and the Olympic Delivery Authority), Ron Webb (ex-cyclist and Velodrome track designer), Sarah Price (the Garden Designer who has used colour to maximum effect), as well as trailblazers such as retiree Andy Atkins and Chaplain and faith advisor Duncan Green who have been involved in the creation of the Park.

Dyckhoff and Barrett note that aside from Zaha Hadid (architect of the Aquatics Centre) and Hopkins (designers of the Velodrome), most of the architects selected for London 2012 are not famous names, rather selected for their track records in delivering big projects on time and on budget to meet London 2012’s philosophy of economy, affordability, accessibility, deliverability and sustainability.

Particular attention is given to the three Park Icons – the unmistakable and unmissable structures of the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre. Key stats are given and readers are entertained with extraordinary facts, including fascinating design elements and how materials were carefully sourced.

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