Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Olympics: An Event Design Challenge

Every four years the Olympics provide a good chance to highlight the importance of design in determining the success of any endeavor.

Three major design challenges stand out among the hundreds of design decisions surrounding the Olympics:

1. A signature structure (usually the main stadium)
2. The opening and closing ceremonies (designed last time by a famous film director)
3. A complex way-finding system for people who speak and read different languages

At the Beijing 2008 Olympics (less than a year ago) Beijing’s Bird’s Nest (left) made quite an impression.

The London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chose the international design firm, Populous, as the Official Architectural and Overlay Design Services Provider. Populous has designed the 2012 Olympic stadium (right) that will be complete summer 2011 and will host 80,000 spectators during the Games.

The challenge in building a stadium for a specific event lies in creating a structure that is both temporary and permanent. Each component must take a sustainable approach that uses only what is needed for the event and then transforms to a long term future use; the whole process uses a minimum of services.

The scope of this work includes 36 competition venues located both inside and outside the Olympic Park as well as a large number of non-competition venues including the Olympic Village, and the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC).

Click on the heading above to see what Populous has to say about the Olympic project.

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