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A group of architects, in an apparent bid to win a commission for 120m towers topped by a cluster of giant plastic balls at the London Olympics site, has turned to Google for help. The dominant search engine will provide the group with free advertising encouraging the web public to chip in for the project. If "The Cloud", as …


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  1. The Original Ash



  2. Robert Ramsay

    @The Original Ash

    Amen. I'm certain that there is still plenty of "large drinks all round" for all the mates of everyone involved in "running" the Olympics.

  3. Teoh Han Hui


    "Each light could represent a person in the city, who can then choose to control it as desired..."

    How will they make that work?

  4. Adam Salisbury

    @The Original Ash

    Not only are they w@nking cash better spent elsewhere on a ridiculous bubble, but just like the rest of the Olympic village it probably won't be finished on time. Either that or it'll be another millenium dome :(

    I want what Gordo and his cronies are smoking because they sure as hell aren't on this bloody plenet!

  5. Chimpofdoom!

    In the words of Al Murray...

    London 2012 Olympics...

    'it's gonna be a bit sh*t'

  6. Marvin the Martian

    Paging mr. Bigears

    Ach, it's UK architecture that's not neoclassical? Expect a certain prince to come & try ruin it.

  7. mwk

    So, if I chip in a fiver

    does that mean I get a cut of the advertising revenue?

    Sounds like a way to get the public to pay for your billboards to me.

  8. frank ly


    "...their footsteps harvested by energy-collecting devices that transform the people's potential energy into electricity".

    And slow them down a lot if this can 'harvest' any useful amounts of energy from them.

    Don't you just love it when architects try to do anything practical?

  9. Aremmes
    Paris Hilton

    Wasted opportunity

    If they want to build a monument with giant balls as its most prominent feature, putting just a couple of balls next to the Gherkin ought to do the trick.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Rip off

    I've seen this before, minus the bubbles. Captain scarlet fell off it in the pilot episode.

  11. Red Bren

    More light pollution

    Just what London needs. I suppose they could always show a video feed of the night sky :-(

  12. Christoph Silver badge

    Bloody great bubbles?

    How near do I need to be to pop one with a laser pointer?

    Why would I want to pay for gigantic advertising hoardings filling the sky?

  13. Mike Flugennock

    Crowd farm? Own an LED? People power the Cloud...?

    >BOOM!< Ouch. My brain just exploded.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    where do I sign up

    to boost the chances of someother design.

    Working on the basis that as a taxpayer I want the cheapest olympics possible and not to put the cash in the hands of a bunch of pseuds who would be better off getting back to the lego and mecano

  15. Stratman

    Won't it look wonderful

    when it's covered in pigeon shit.

  16. Adrian Esdaile

    On behalf of those of us...

    On behalf of those architects who have to work for a living, rather that simply spout poncy waffle with big words you have to look up in the dictionary, wear bow ties and drive bloody Saabs badly; I sincerely apologise for any embarassment or inconvenience some of my fellow architects have caused.

    And to those architects: Give me a job! I can wear black, use an iPhone, drive a Saab and spout bullshit as good as the rest of them! I'll work for 85% of what you're paying those monkeys!

  17. Rattus Rattus
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    iWank 2.0

    Look, has tossing off as publically as possible become a sport in your bloody country or what? God, I hope my hometown never, EVER gets to host the Olympics.

  18. Dave Harris
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    Fortune's always...

    Maybe it's just me but I like the idea of a bunch of giant Bubbles over East London. Just hope they don't Fade and die.

    @Adam Salisbury, just how the fuckity fuck is this idea anything to do with Brown?

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  20. Thomas Swann

    The Ocean Is Silent

    'Cause they've clearly stole all the f***ing whale-song.

  21. Stratman
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    Re Dave Harris

    It's certainly not just you.


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