London’s 2012 Olympics Stadium Panned – Architectural Record

The British architectural profession has had a largely negative response to plans for London’s 80,000-seat Olympic stadium, which were unveiled last month. Critics say that the design, by HOK Sport and architect Peter Cook of HOK, lacks the flair of conceptual images shown during London’s bid to host the 2012 Games. But the city’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) defends the stadium as an adaptable and practical structure that can be re-used.

Critics have panned designs for the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, an 80,000-seat arena created by HOK Sport and architect Peter Cook of HOK. The building is intended to be dismantled and re-assembled elsewhere after the Games.

Critics of the stadium, including several newspaper columnists and architect Will Alsop, have voiced a long list of complaints starting with the fact that there was no competition to chose the designers.

London’s 2012 Olympics Stadium Panned | News | Architectural Record.

Shortage of Skills in the Built Environment

The Construction Industry Council launched their Professional Services Survey yesterday stated that the Built Environment industry requires 12,000 competent new professionals to enter the industry every year to meet demand as major projects such as the Olympics gather speed. Added pressure is being put on the industry because 20% of current CPS professionals could retire in the next 10 years.
Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Landscape Sacrificial – Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute called for a greater role for the profession in response to the Government’s ‘Draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction.’

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said landscape was often “the sacrificial lamb” on projects, which undermined both the environmental and commercial value of developments.

Responding to the document produced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lovell said: “Landscape is the glue which holds development schemes together and should be a first consideration and not an afterthought when developing a new scheme.”

Landscape \Sacrificial.

Varna is the Best City to Live in Bulgaria

Varna was elected for the best city to live in Bulgaria, according to the special research of DarikNews.bg

On the second and third place are rated Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo.

The capital of Bulgaria takes the 4thplace of the ranking. These cities are followed by Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Blagoevgrad, Kustendil, Kurdjali.

News.bg – Varna is the Best City to Live in Bulgaria.

Crowded city challenges business recruiters

DEVELOPMENT Tenants looking for offices in uptown’s record tight market will have trouble finding space for at least the next year.

“There is a positive side,” said economic development recruiter Justin Hunt at the Charlotte Chamber. “It shows the vibrancy of downtown and corroborates what we tell people — but from a pure product standpoint, it does make things difficult.”

Charlotte Observer | 12/06/2007 | Crowded city challenges business recruiters.