Temporary basketball arena for the London 2012 Olympics

November 1, 2011

Faster than you can yell foul, sports venues are shooting up in London’s Olympic Park in anticipation of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. This past June, the Olympic Basketball Arena, one of the largest temporary sports venues built, was the fourth structure to be completed more than a year before the international athletes land …

London 2012 Olympics Water Polo Arena

‘Reuse after done’ is the design motto for a prime venue in the Olympic aquatic sports category This temporary venue is one of several arenas specially designed to be dismantled and redistributed after the London 2012 Olympic Games. Designed by David Morley Architects (DMA), the Water Polo Arena features a distinctive silver wrap of PVC …

Playa Vista bandshell lights up the park

Playa Vista Central Park is a 3.6-hectare public park built on the historic site of Howard Hughes’ Los Angeles private airfield, where the famous wood and fabric airplane, the Spruce Goose, was built. But this park holds a structure that impresses as much as the Hughes airplane, and even looks like it might take flight. …

Community college features colorful shades

An Iowa community college culinary and hotel learning center ups the ambiance and educational value by adding colorful shades Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has built a solid reputation for high-quality training and education in an academic setting that replicates, to a surprising degree, actual business situations. The college, located on the outskirts …

Taliesin West: a materials laboratory in the Sonoran Desert

Frank Lloyd Wright, visionary architect of the late 1800s and mid 1900s, tested his radical design ideas on his personal projects before subjecting his clients to his design decisions. This experimental approach is one of the founding principles of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (FLWSA). Encouraged and guided by instructors, students at …