Borrow Build Abandon / Jamie McGregor Smith, 2012
Now that London 2012 is in full swing, I think more or less everyone has agreed that we’ve built some bloody beautiful buildings for the Games. What will prove to be the real test though, in terms of ‘successful’ architecture, is what happens in the years to come.
The planners and architects for London 2012 were determined that we wouldn’t be saddled with useless buildings for years, so many structures will come down completely, whereas others, like the main stadium and aquatic centre, will be ‘deconstructed’ into smaller versions.
Greece, however, did not plan so well. Photographer Jamie McGregor Smith has been documenting the mess that resulted from the Athens games in 2004. Only 3 of the 22 purpose-built structures remain in use, the others costing $100 million a year in upkeep costs. Ouch!
An exhibition of Jamie’s photographs opens in September.