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Why didn’t Populous tell Farry about this sooner *sigh*

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### nzherald.co.nz 4:11 PM Saturday Jun 19, 2010
Olympic future is ‘stadium in a box’
The spectacular and expensive Water Cube and Bird’s Nest stadiums were focal points of the Beijing games, but the future of Olympic architecture may well be found in a box. Australian architect John Barrow, whose firm Populous is working on the London 2012 Olympic Games infrastructure, says a move towards sustainable games architecture could see the introduction of the “stadium in a box”. His idea is to design and construct something affordable, modular, lightweight and flexible, which can be modified and transported from host city to host city. AAP
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Bird's Nest videos continued

Discovery Channel – chinasuperpower
China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (2of5)
June 11, 2008 (9’07”)

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China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (3of5) (9’06”)

China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (4of5) (9’07”)

China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Part 5 of 5 (9’04”)

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The Beijing National Stadium (traditional Chinese: 北京國家體育場; simplified Chinese: 北京国家体育场; Hanyu Pinyin: Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng; Tongyong Pinyin: Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng), also known as the National Stadium,[1] or the “Bird’s Nest” (鳥巢) for its architecture, is a stadium finished for the Olympic Green in Beijing, China that has so far been completed as of March 2008.[2] The stadium will host the main track and field competitions for the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. It is located east of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre.In 2002, Government officials engaged architects worldwide in a design competition. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with ArupSport and China Architecture Design & Research Group to win the competition. Contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, is the Artistic Consultant for design.[3] The ground was broken on Christmas Eve December 2003, and construction started in March 2004, but was halted by the high construction cost in August 2004 and continued again. In January 2008, concerns about construction working conditions arose when it was revealed that 2 workers had died during the stadium’s construction.The stadium can seat as many as 91,000 spectators during the Olympics. The capacity will then be reduced to 80,000 after the Games. It has replaced the original intended venue of the Guangdong Olympic Stadium[citation needed]. The stadium is 330 metres long by 220 metres wide, and is 69.2 metres tall. The stadium uses 258,000 square metres of space and has a usable area of 204,000 square metres. It was built with 36 km of unwrapped steel[citation needed], with a combined weight of 45,000 tonnes. The stadium has some 11,000 square metres of underground rooms with waterproof walls. The stadium will cost up to 3.5 billion yuan (≈423 million USD).

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But, real stadium architecture… + Bird's Nest Video (1of5)

Chaps, here’s something about a round thing, about business – not a table! An elaboration for the What if? banner image…

### New York Times August 5, 2008
Architecture Review: Olympic Stadium With a Design to Remember

By Nikolai Ouroussoff
Written a week before the Olympics opened at Beijing.

Given the astounding expectations piled upon the National Stadium, I’m surprised it hasn’t collapsed under the strain…Expect to be overwhelmed. Designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the stadium lives up to its aspiration as a global landmark.

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Discovery Channel on the Bird’s Nest, some context and characters…

chinasuperpower
China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (1of5)
June 11, 2008 (9’00”)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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