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The 2014 World Cup will Feature First Net-Zero-Energy Stadium

With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, the country’s capital is looking to do some remodeling. The existing stadium, The Estádio Nacional de Brasília, will get a major upgrade when it reaches LEED Platinum certification and becomes the first net-zero-energy stadium in the world.

Designed by Castro Mello Architects, the stadium will feature:

  • Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide the stadium’s power. The stadium will be able to trade energy between the panels and the power grid as necessary.
  • A photocatalytic membrane on the roof that captures air pollution as it falls, and breaks down the chemicals, removing them from the atmosphere. Because over 50% of CO2 emissions related to stadium operations come from transportation to and from the stadium, this makes this especially important.
  • A rainwater collection and recycling system for landscaping use and low-flow water fixtures inside the stadium.
  • Lots of natural light, 3,500 bike parking spots and material reused from the old stadium.

The Estádio Nacional de Brasília

The stadium, planned to be completed at the end of the year, is expected to cost more than $400 million. Though the solar panels able to perform well for at least 25 years, they are expected to provide a return on investment in 10 to 12 years.

Image: Fast Company

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2012 Olympic Stadium on Track to get a ‘Medal’ of its Own

Just like gymnastics and swimming, art and architecture used to be Olympic events. Between 1912 and 1948, artists as well as athletes could receive a medal for literature, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture — otherwise known as the “pentathlon of the muses.” Art and architecture as Olympic events has since been disbanded, but architects still vie for an award each year.

The new stadium built for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London has made the shortlist for Britain’s top architecture honor – the Stirling Prize, from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Every year the prize is presented to the architects of the building that have made a great contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The prize is for projects “built or designed in Britain.” Buildings are eligible if they are in the UK or Europe, and designed by an architect whose head office is in the UK.

The institute said on its website that the stadium design, by the firm Populous, “focuses very much on the ease of movement of the large numbers of people who will use the stadium during the Games.” This year’s stadium (flanked by London’s new eye-catching Olympic structure) is the lightest Olympic Stadium ever built with the roof fabricated from a PVC fabric, helping with the weight issue while keeping costs low. The structure supporting the roof is 2,500 tons of steel tubing sourced from recycled old lines – keeping with the sustainable goal that many other buildings in Olympic Park have reached.

The announcement of the winner is scheduled to take place Oct. 13.
Shaw Contract Group celebrates design excellence with its annual Design is…Award. 2012 winners will be announced August 10 and submissions for 2013 begin in September.

Photos: Telegraph.UK

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London’s Olympic Landmark

The 2012 Olympic Games commence in London on July 27 and the city has been prepping for the past few years to make a statement. Enter the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, wanted a structure and artwork to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and a design competition was launched. During a chance meeting with Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Johnson secured ArcelorMittal’s support. The winning artist and design of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond) were unveiled in March 2010. The ArcelorMittal Orbit reached its full height in late 2011 and became the tallest sculpture in England, with 455 steps to the top and a size that scales 377 feet, 70 feet over the Statue of Liberty (ground to torch). The Orbit stands in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, allowing for views of the entire park from its two observation decks.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The Aquatics Centre (left), ArcelorMittal Orbit (centre), Olympic Stadium (background, right) and Water Polo Arena (foreground, right) in the London Olympic Park viewed from the Westfield Stratford City John Lewis viewing gallery in May 2012.

Photos: ArcelorMittal.com, Wikipedia

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