London 2012 – Greenest Olympics Ever!

I have to admit I have been quite motivated with the interest you have all shown in my article aboutCities of the Future where I had taken you to Qatar and the 2022 World Cup, so I will try to follow up with an example from nearer future, the 2012 London Olympics,to further explain the relationship between sustainable development projects and international sports events…

The slogan for the first Olympics was: Citius, Altius,Fortius, which could be translated as“Faster.. Higher.. Stronger“. The Olympic spirit has always been described as “It is not the most important thing to win, but to participate and achieve the best you can“ . This is exactly what London has been trying to achieve, being designated as an olympic city after 64 years and they are now the candidate for the“Greenest Olympics Ever”.

The slogan for the 2012 Olympics, with a clear vision of innovative concepts and sustainable development was cultivated along withWWF andBioRegional as“ Towards one planet- a Livable One!”. Larger than life, indeed… I guess London is calling me, profoundly…

2040 view looking south towards Canary Wharf

One of the most important reasons that London was chosen to be the site for the 2012 Olympics is the sustainable urban transformation of East London,and hence creating a reformed infrastructure, urban transformation and jobs… I have no idea how the sophisticated Eastenders have reacted to this transformation, yet I am quite sure that the whole region will have a new and improved outlook.

The most important and vital aspect of the urban transformation process is the collaboration with local residents where the community is made aware of the development projects; new and alternative jobs are created for the community members, and everyone is encouraged to participate highly in the urban lifestyles and contribute in the economic and cultural aspects. Much effort is also being put into educating the public, starting with programs at public schools to enhance the students‘ awareness.

Innovative technologies are being utilized in the Olympic Village and interconnecting regions, where all urban design is concentrated on lower carbon emission, effective water and waste treatment,use of environmentally friendly supplies, preservation of the biodiversity, improving the air quality and keeping noise pollution at a minimum.

Globalization has expedited international capital flow, and discovery of emerging international markets and the increase in competition is what really defines the medium for investments. London is still the most important financial and cultural centers of the world,and not only of England, and hence requires protection of the strong position and the London brand, however simultaneously adapt with the ever changing global facts.

London therefore aims to be a resilient city with safe and demographically appropriate residential areas, and sensitivity towards the climate changes of the future.

A Computer Generated Image render showing a internal view of the proposed Olympic Stadium

Olimpiyatları unutulmaz kılan hiç şüphesiz açılış- kapanış seremonileri ve tabii ki Olimpiyat Statları!

HOK Sport ve Peter Cook tarafından tasarlanan Londra 2012 Olimpik Stadyumu 80 bin kapasiteli, 500 milyon pound maliyetle koltuk başına maliyeti en yüksek stadı. Malzeme miktarını en azda tutmaküzerine kurgulanmış. Bu denli ince, yoğun ve hafif bir stadyum tasarlanırken, kullanılan malzeme miktarı ve içereceği enerjiönemliölçüde azaltılmış.

Geri dönüşüm sonucu elde edilmiş polimer bazlı yapıların kullanıldığı bu malzemelerin birçoğu oyunlardan sonra farklı alanlarda tekrar kullanılabilecek.

Olimpik Stadyum’un Olimpiyatlardan sonraki akıbeti ise henüz meçhul. Taraftarlarıylaünlü West Ham United ve Totenham Hotsbur stadı kullanmaya talip. Ancak futbol için pek de uygun olmayan stad için yıkılıp yeniden yapılması da dahil farklı senaryolar konuşuluyor.


Hauz 29’, the Olympic Aquatic Center with a seating capacity of 17,500 was designed by Zaha Hadid, undoubtedly the queen of star architecture.


The third largest building of the Olympic Park is the basketball court with 12,000 seats, designed byWilkinson Eyre& KSS Design Group, and also the site for handball, paralympic basketball and rugby finals.

Modern design and art will also be earmarking London 2012 Olympics, in line with the concept of“Cultural Olympics”. The cultural strategy defined for London has the primary goal of achieving development by simultaneously maintaining the city’s cultural heritage;as well as increasing awareness of all members of the public to get involved in sustainable development.


The Watchtower of the Olympics, Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor.

Here’s hoping that Istanbul will one day be an Olympic City…

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