Hard to believe London’s Olympics are only a few months away. The Olympic Village is largely complete, and here’s what it looks like.
For more on the new city arising in the East End, go here to UrbanLand.
Also, check out the show at the Vancouver Archives on the development of our Olympic Village. Yuri Artibise describes it over at Spacing Vancouver.
VANCOUVER’S VILLAGE: 2008-2011: Constructing a Village, Creating a Community
City of Vancouver Archives Gallery
1150 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9
Exhibition runs until April 13, 2012
Mon. – Fri. 9:00am – 5:00pm
UPDATE: From Atlantic Cities –
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At least the new Olympic Village has received more enthusiasm. A conscientious updating of a 1960s-style monumental social housing project, its concrete blocks reaching up to 13 stories (high for low-rise London) are somewhat forbidding without mature trees to soften their impact, but have been praised for their high building standards and private central courtyard gardens. Crucially for the project’s claims to benefit local communities, half of these apartments will be reserved for affordable, rent-controlled housing after the games, an invaluable asset in a city with Western Europe’s highest rents.