A computer-generated image of the 2012 Olympic stadium. (Courtesy of the EPA)
One company proposes removable, reusable stadium seats to minimize leftover space after the Olympics leave town. Kim Gittleson reports.
You’ve heard about Beijing traffic, China’s smog, and toxic algae blooms – now let the Games begin!
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GELLERMAN: But first this cool fix for a hot planet from Kim Gittleson.
GITTLESON: The Beijing Olympics are not yet underway but planning for the 2012 London Olympics has already begun.
In keeping with London’s pledge to be the first “sustainable” games, the design for the Olympic Arena proposes another first: a recyclable stadium.
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The London Games organizers are trying to avoid the mistakes of Olympics past - especially those empty, unused stadiums on the outskirts of cities like Rome and Montreal.
Where it gets interesting is at the top of the stadium. This level will have 55,000 “transportable seats” that will be bolted, rather than welded together. That way, the seats can be removed and transported to the next Olympic venue. This top tier will be built out of low-impact materials, including a recyclable fabric façade made out of hemp. The architects hope by minimizing materials they will reduce the expense and environmental impact of transporting the stadium to different locations.
Now that’s worth a gold medal.
That’s this week’s Cool Fix for a Hot Planet. I’m Kim Gittleson.
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