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The 2012 Aquatics Center designed
by Zaha Hadid is an example of an
Olympic venue with an interior that's
compelling but not overly-imposing.
But in order to accommodate
additional spectators, additional
stands of seating had to be added on
two sides, which critics felt marred
the spectacular interior.
Images courtesy Hufton + Crow

Expect the Unexpected
Most designers who've worked on projects for the Games
say that going into the process with eyes wide open is critical.
Kerwin advises assessing the viability of hosting the Games
by staging local events. Cities may find it simply isn't a good
financial fit, as Boston did before they dropped their bid for
the 2016 Games. He also hopes that all Olympic design
competitions offer some level of compensation to make the
bid process friendlier to smaller firms with emerging talent.
"It certainly will not cover full expenditure of what one has
to do, but some basic level of compensation is a prerequisite,"
Kerwin says.
Other observers of the process note that even though the IOC
and other governing bodies preach transparency, back room
deals are still alive and well. The late Zaha Hadid accused
Japanese organizers of collusion when her stadium design
was scrapped. One designer, who asked to remain anonymous,
argued that a firm's ability to wine and dine decision makers
may influence the bidding process more than design plans.
Once you secure a bid, expect logistical challenges on the
ground. Construction delays are par for the course with
Olympic projects, and can impact completion dates and limit
the scope of planned designs. Rio is no stranger to this legacy:
Members of the IOC called Rio's venue preparedness the
worst since Athens 2004.
Though successful designers may need to be "a bit of
a politician and a bit of a bully" to make an impact, says
Wright, it's not all about the red tape. In fact, there are plenty
of once-in-a-lifetime moments in store for Olympic designers.
When the IOC president visited Los Angeles recently as part
of the 2024 bid, AECOM's Hanway recalls touring sites
with famed Olympic medalists, including gymnast
Nadia Comaneci.
"We ran into some of the UCLA gymnastics athletes getting
ready to warm up, and Nadia does a flip dressed in a black suit,
landing perfectly in her 6 inch heels. That's the kind of thing
you don't usually see in a normal day at the office."

Rendering of the Basketball arena
designed for the Rio Games.
Image courtesy WilkinsonEyre
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Iida Perspective - Spring/summer 2016
Contents
From IIDA
Behind the Issue
Contributors
IIDA Industry Roundtable
Designer Dialogue: The B Corp Wave
Can Design Rock the Vote?
The Politics of Sport
Roundtable: Office Politics
Inspiration
Colophon
Viewpoints
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IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - From IIDA
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IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - Contributors
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IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - IIDA Industry Roundtable
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