Daily Archives: November 12, 2009

Octagon: When no grand plan exists

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Some try to be opportunistic, not in a good way.

### ODT Online Thu, 12 Nov 2009
Car-free Octagon plan hits snag
By David Loughrey
Lower Octagon businesses pushing for the area to be closed to traffic during summer have been told to put more work into their idea if they want it to go ahead.
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And these are the businesses that want to bring in a dress code. Ridiculous.

DCC needs to soldier on with an urban design study of public places in the CBD – especially with regard to the Octagon, which doesn’t show off the centre of town to best advantage. The place should be sparkling, edgy and immaculate, and that’s just the landscaping design.

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Businesses in the lower Octagon that promote and sell alcohol in this way won’t be seeing my patronage for a very long time.

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Nov 2009
Spat over bars’ drinks-discount deal
By Debbie Porteous
A spat between the authorities and lower Octagon bar owners has started over a promotion offering patrons a discounted taxi home if they buy six drinks in four hours. The authorities say the promotion, which covers the period between 7pm and 11pm on Thursdays, breaches the Sale of Liquor Act by encouraging patrons to drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
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A reader’s concerns and the bars’ response

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Zaha Hadid: ‘Gateway into the Games’ London 2012 Olympics

Remember Eero Saarinen’s TWA at New York…

### Architects’ Journal 11 November, 2009
First look at Zaha’s Olympic Aquatic Centre roof
By Richard Waite

Work has completed on the installation of the wave-like roof, the crowning glory of Zaha Hadid’s London Olympics aquatics centre. The project has been described as ‘the most complicated engineering challenge’ anywhere on the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Manoeuvring the enormous 2,800 tonne signature piece into position at the venue in Stratford, East London, began in March this year.
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The Aquatic Centre in Stratford, East London forms a key legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games. With a capacity of 20,000 spectators during the Games, the two 50m swimming pools and 25m diving pool will be turned into a 3,500 capacity after the Games, forming the British capital’s leading facility for aquatic sports. – darjole, 22 June 2006

Photosharing:
London 2012 Aquatic Centre designed by Zaha Hadid
London 2012 Aquatic Centre
London Olympic Aquatic Centre after 2012

London Olympic Aquatic Centre, June 2008
View of Aquatics site, showing pool footprint.
[uncanny resemblance to Dunedin’s stadium site]

Stratford Olympic Site – Aquatic Centre, London July 2009
Aquatic Centre
London Aquatic Centre getting a roof
London 2012 Aquatic Centre, June 2009
Lattice

The temporary additional covered seating stands for the 2010 Olympics:
London 2012 Aquatics Centre, Games mode
London 2012 Aquatics Centre, Games mode

darrenjle15’s photostream showing construction and renders.

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