Taken from a camera located within the Olympic Stadium, this time lapse shows 80 hours of footage as the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is dismantled and the stadium ‘transitioned’ in readiness for the start of the athletics.
A huge team of crew and contractors worked around the clock using 6 cranes and 22 forklifts to remove over 320 truck loads of equipment from the stadium.
Taken from a camera located within the Olympic Stadium, this time lapse shows the last day of athletics and then the 18 hours before the start of the Closing Ceremony on the 12th August 2012.
A crew of over 700 installed 93 truck loads of equipment including the 3,048 square meter main stage, 8,800 square meters of scenic floor covering and associated scenery.
After the Closing Ceremony is complete, the turf is removed and track protection gets laid in readiness for the start of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony load in.
The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. Kengo Kuma, taking as a point of departure his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, will examine humans’ relationship with nature, questioning the perceived strength of steel and concrete and proposing the reintroduction of wood in design as a fair and practical mediator between humans and nature.
Born in Tokyo, Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979 and spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. Among his many works, recent projects include the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), which won the 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize; the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012), Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012), and Ginza Kabukiza (2013). Two of his buildings outside Japan are the Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music (both 2013). The firm currently has some one hundred projects ongoing in Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, and elsewhere in Asia. One of the most high-profile of these is the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Since 2009, Kuma has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. He has also written more than a dozen books—including Anti-Object (2013)—which have been published not only in Japanese but frequently in English, Chinese, and Korean, earning him a readership in many parts of the world. Kuma is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and, as of 2009, an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.
An online petition, which was posted on Change.org, opposing the plan to demolish and rebuild both Stadium Australia and the Sydney Football Stadium has attracted more than 130,000 signatures.
“We, the undersigned, respectfully call on the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, and the NSW Cabinet, to reconsider their decision to knock down two perfectly fine sports stadiums – the Olympic Stadium and Sydney Football Stadium – at a staggering cost of $2Billion, to replace them with new ones, at a time when there is ZERO public demand to replace either.”