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Out with Beijing, and in with London. The stadium for the 2012 Olympic games not only lacks the iconic power of the Water Cube or Birds Nest, but it also has a few unresolved design issues. The London Organizing Committee has taken issue with some changes in architecture firm HOK's drawings: it turns out that the stadium won't be as "green" as originally promised. Less shade than originally planned, no rainwater collection, what have you. Despite these, and a few other esoteric concerns, the committee granted planning approval to the stadium. HOK is carrying on then, toward 2012 and a life in the shadow of the Bird's Nest.
· New details emerge for HOK's Olympic Stadium [The Architect's Journal]
· Architecture Watch Olympic Face-Off: Water Cube vs. Bird's Nest [Curbed SF]