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Wednesday
Jul252012

From 2 Weeks to 50 Years - Designing Olympic Facilities That Last Beyond the Games

For the next three weeks London's Olympic Stadium will host some of the world's finest athletes. What happens to the structure after that remains to be seen. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mahisgett

Historically, the cities hosting the Summer Olympic Games have a propensity to get caught up trying to convey the forward vision of their nation through non-sustainable venue design. The appeal of having the world's eyes on their city for 16 days sometimes overshadows good judgment, leading to expensive white elephants. A certain "wow factor" has become synonymous with hosting the Olympics, and with this mentality, the long term viability of facilities can be pushed to the wayside.

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