Sustainability in the London 2012 Olympics

Sustainability is playing a major role in shaping the design and construction of the London 2012 Olympics, including the individual sport venues, the Olympic housing and the overall related infrastructure.

The driving force for this stance by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), (the tactical organization responsible for creating all the physical settings for the London games during and after the big event in 2012), is the mandate by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to produce a sustainable Olympics that will minimize the carbon footprint during construction, during the games themselves and long after as a legacy to the host city.

This stance has brought to the fore innovative strategies for design and construction, including a surprising number of temporary structures and venues, as well as a significant use of fabric as a cladding and shading material.

The November issue of Fabric Architecture examines a number of the Olympic venues for their use of architectural fabric and how this will contribute to the LOCOG’s goal of making this the greenest Olympic Games to date.