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London Plans Green Olympic Stadium

by Jake Mohan 


Tags: environment, green living, low-impact, material efficiency, hemp, Olympics, London, stadium, architecture,

stadium2Treehugger reports that London is taking material efficiency into consideration in designing its stadium for the 2012 Olympic Games. The facility will be built from with as many recyclable materials as possible, including a hemp roof. The stadium will also be demountable, meaning it can be disassembled, moved, and rebuilt in a new city. It will be largely bolted together, rather than welded, and break down into pieces that can fit on cargo ships. This new philosophy of “low impact” games and reusable stadia might afford poorer countries the opportunity to host future Games. Chicago, a possible 2016 host, is also considering more reusable and versatile construction materials.

sara mason
6/14/2008 7:54:03 PM

I'm curious -- are hemp roofs highly flamable? or do they use some kind of protectant on it to make it flame retardant? It sounds like a good diea in theory but I'm wondering how much it would cost to dis-assemble, relocate, and re-assembled in another city? With the price of gas going up, I know it would be costly to load it on a flatbed truck or into semi's and move it.


billy_1
6/6/2008 10:03:50 PM

Can't wait to see what that stadium looks like when it's reassembled by a crew that just got done smoking the roof! I guess they could at least just call it modern art and be done with it...


ken adams
6/6/2008 9:40:28 PM

This is a really interesting concept. I think the odds of reusing the facilities to help a poorer nation stage the games is a bit far-fetched, considering all the other hurdles (e.g. transportation, security) that face developing nations vying for host privileges. All in all though, it's a positive step to see these massive undertakings incorporating some sort of nod to re-use.