Recycling the London Olympic Stadium

Plans are being considered to allow a 55,000 seat tier of the London Olympic stadium to be shipped over to Chicago after its use.

London Olympic Stadium

The stadium as it is, is made up of several layers, which includes a base of 25,000 seats, an upper framework and a top tier of 55,000 seats. The idea is that the top level can be removed, split into sections and transported to Chicago for reuse. This would leave a 25,000 stadium for further use in London and allow Chicago to reuse those 55,000 seats for their stadium expansion.

It’s a great idea for lots of reasons. There’s no need to mention the environmental benefits of reusing a seat tier of that size, but it would save both cities a significant amount of money. Chicago would save more on their building works, whilst London could recuperate some of that hard Olympic pound they’ve been flaunting.

The reason Illinois has come into play is because they’re currently favourites to host the 2016 Olympics. However, in reality it could easily go to any of the Olympic bidders. I particularly like the idea that it gives poorer countries a much greater chance of hosting, as there would be a significant reduction in the costs of running the events.

So how well will all this go, and just how likely is it to happen? Well, it’s certainly not the first case of stadia reuse. The Cricket World Cup in Barbados reused some 16,000 seats from one of Germany’s World Cup 2006 stadiums to great success. The project needs to be carefully planned to ensure it can easily be taken apart and all the different sections fit easily onto cargo ships. A nice aside is that construction has started ahead of schedule. It’s easy to be cynical of England’s flagship building-work, but let’s hope it all goes to plan.

Comparing Dubai between 1973 and 2008

Dubai Universe

Recently, the renowned real estate developer Nakheel revealed satellite imagery of Dubai’s transformation since the 70s and just how it will look post-2008. The images are actually pretty surreal; it’s amazing to think that this project is actually out there right now. Every single time something gets added out there, it becomes more and more appealing. As you can see from the images below, the coastal area has changed dramatically over the last thirty years and looks like pretty much nothing else on Earth. Unless we’re counting the fact that future Dubai will contain an island shaped like Earth.

Alongside these images, Nakheel also revealed a 13 metre-long scale model of Dubai, to further show off just how much the landscape has been transformed. It aims to be a preview of how Dubai will look come 2020 when the current projects are due to come to an end. The World, then the Universe… what next for Dubai?

Dubai via satellite in 1973

Dubai via satellite in 1990

Dubai via satellite in 2000

Dubai via satellite in 2007

Dubai proposed future