Pompeii: "Everyone went.”
Which just goes to show that, if you want bums on seats, two big blokes hacking chunks off each other with swords is a better bet than athletics.....
On 27 July, London will be transformed as the biggest celebration of sports in the world kicks off in the newly built Olympic Stadium in Stratford. The stadium has been designed to hold 80,000 people, and the Olympic Village will certainly hold many more. On a normal day, Stratford tube station handles somewhere between 220, …
I remember now, it is not Westfield it is something else. But you know what I mean.
i am glad to get here before anyone has commented on this. I have in other places several times earned 10 screens of rebuke for an error. I understand why machines are so intolerant, but why are geeks ?
...and will lead to safer public events.
That London is going to be a hell-hole for all but a few audience members and participants for the sake of a big-event show is obscene.
Thank god I no longer live near Ilford and work in the City. Stratford is on the way, just about however one tries. Happily, I'm a long way away now.
Lets hope Populous is right (rather apt surname).
As we all know, architects in the 50's and 60's had massive success with their high rise towns, underpasses and pedestrian walkways.
They spent inordinate amounts of time dwelling on how people would mill about, how they would play, congregate and get from their places of work to these wonderful new towns in the sky.
History shows us what a magical success calculating human behaviour according to set patterns was, as these towns in the sky became the envy of the modern world. Everyone did exactly as the town planners anticipated.
I'm sure the planing behind this stadium will demonstrate how easy it is to second guess how people will react to an architectural space.
This is an ideal example. The tube never shuts, the toilets never close, the ticket office is never overwhelmed, there isn't any traffic jams, there's always enough food and water, the weather never misbehaves, and neither do the punters. The computer model says so.
Architects, as we all know, are infallible.
As one of the poor unfortunates working in the biggest stadium at Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics, I can offer nothing but sympathy to the people of London. Please understand that this event is not for you - it's for the TV networks, sponsors, and the anointed high-priests of the Olympic Movement.
Local bylaws? Labour standards? Safety regulations? None of those apply in the Duchy of Olympic.
Olympics make it impossible to get to work? To service your customers? To access essential services? Too bad.
Oh yeah, and if they tell you that the Olympic Village suites will sell out as condos and turn a profit... well, that's right up there with "The Games will be under budget" and "I'll respect you in the morning.
And remember, the day after the final ceremony all of the problems, expenses, and headaches become yours. The Olympic gurus will gone so fast the dust won't have time to settle.
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