London Aquatics Centre
Olympic Games 2012
With its distinctive architecture and curved roof, the new London Aquatics Centre will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the London 2012 Summer Paralympics. It features a spectacular wave-like roof, made of 100% reclycled aluminium, that is 160m long and up to 80m wide. The majority of spectators will be seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games. The stadium will be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Parc. The London Aquatics Centre was designed by the international architect Zaha Hadid in 2004 before London won the bid for the Olympic Games 2012. The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50-metre swimming pools and a 25-metre diving pool. The centre is located in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London. Construction started in July 2008 and was completed in July 2011. On July 27th, 2011, the stadium was officially opened, still one year to go for the Opening Ceremony in 2012.
19 oktober 2011, Marja Hoekstra
An interesting and playful sculptural symbol is the ‘Alchemist’, made by the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Currently it is on loan to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary. The sculpture is built up of numeric symbols brought together in a human form. Plensa made the sculpture as an homage to all the researchers and scientists who have contributed to the scientific and mathematical knowledge base.
12 oktober 2011, Marja Hoekstra (BP, 3-2011)
Creative thinking and innovation
Innovation is all about three key factors applicable to each and everyone in the organisation, according to ‘futurist’ Jim Carroll. Step back and rephrase the question. It is about challenging yourself with three questions:
1. What can I do to run this business better?
2. What can I do to grow this business?
3. What can I do to transform this business?
Innovation is not about genius but more about awareness. Innovation offers all kinds of opportunities to run the business better by taking costs out of the business, for instance through streamlining processes by implementation of technological processes. Growing the business can be established by stepping into new markets, new product development and generation of revenues in new areas. Transforming the business is about restructuring ourselves by collaborating better and doing things differently as an organization.
12 oktober 2011, Marja Hoekstra (A, 8-2011)