Spider – One Year and Counting…

Yep – August 8-24, 2008 is the time-frame for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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I was taking a look at their website today, and was totally amazed at the venues that they are building for this event. Olympic architecture has always been the chance for the host country to demonstrate their progressiveness, to shine in the realm of progressive architecture. Munich did it in 1972,

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Montreal in 1976,

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Sydney in 2000,

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Athens in 2004.

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and now, I think that Beijing is stepping forward with some of the most bold and exciting designs ever for an Olympics. I had not seen or heard of any of these facilities until today – and when I saw the conceptions I was just blown away. For China, I am simply amazed. The first is for the Olympic National Stadium – nicknamed “the birds nest”.

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The National Aquatic Center known as “The Water Cube”. The sides of the facility are equipped with projections screens will will change images.

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The Ying Tung Natatorium,

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The National Indoor Stadium,

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The Beijing Gymnasium,

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The Shanghai Stadium,

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The Tianjin Stadium,

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and The Birds Nest and the Water Cube complex.

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and all I can say is WOW!

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~ by Brett on August 8, 2007.

9 Responses to “Spider – One Year and Counting…”

  1. I’m amazed at the sheer size and scope of this project, not to mention the money.

  2. i hope though the air is clean enough to appreciate it all.

  3. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has a slightly different perspective on “one year”…

    http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/08/02/china16560.htm

  4. Appreciate it from afar. They are threatening to cash in their dollars and the mega bucks they have invested in US Treasury Bonds which will send the US dollar into a nose dive and us into a depression.

  5. Wow is right – they’re going balls out. Amazing stuff. I still think that Carter’s boycott of the Moscow games, after all the money and prestige they invested, sent the USSR into the downward spiral from which they never recovered.

    I loved the LA games – the first to use digital broadcast technology. And who could take their eyes of Greg Louganis?

  6. very cool, thanks for the 411 and link…I will have to ck it too.

  7. I hope the building can be seen through all the smog in China.

  8. Here’s to hoping the buildings actually end up looking like the renderings. Now I know where all our lumber and concrete are going…no wonder they’re SO expensive here in the US now.

  9. Wow, I love the designs! Thanks for tipping us all off to them! Can’t wait to see what they all look like finished. I’m always sucker for the opening and closing ceremonies, especially as a scenic designer! If only someday I could get my hands on something like that!

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