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RIBA Video Highlights 2012 Olympics Architecture

Prior to a reversal in late January 2013, the designers of the buildings and venues of the 2012 London Olympics were prohibited from promoting their work. Photo: Populous/ Courtesy London 2012

Following the lifting of a promotion ban imposed on the architects who designed the buildings of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, England, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released a short video highlighting a few of the Olympic projects, featuring commentary from the designers.

Video: Courtesy RIBA

In July 2012, ArchitectureWeek published an overview of the venues of the 2012 London Olympics. The long-lasting ban also sparked a campaign called 'drop the ban' and led by Peter Murray, which used a variety of tactics to draw attention to the issue.

According to a RIBA press release:

"Designing for Champions instigated by RIBA President Angela Brady, with the help of partners John Nolan (IStructE), Peter Murray (NLA) and Kevin Owens (formerly at LOCOG), was mainly filmed on location at the Olympic Park in September 2012 during the Paralympic Games and highlights one permanent and five temporary buildings and interviews their exceptional architects, structural engineers and designers...
"The RIBA, IStructE and NLA will host a special ‘Designing for Champions’ Design Awards ceremony on Tuesday 23rd July 2013 from 6.30 -10pm at the RIBA. One year on from the Games, this event will give credit to the incredible contribution made by architects, structural and civil engineers, landscapers and designers.  "

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