If you thought the Olympic Games masterminds couldn’t push sustainability any further, think again
Even the Olympic Stadium’s highly controversial Dow Chemical-sponsored ‘wrap’ – blasted by Indian campaigners due to Dow subsidiary Union Carbide’s alleged responsibility for the Bhopal gas disaster – has found salvation in an innovative post-games use.
Article 25 acting CEO Robin Cross has been approached with the idea that his disaster relief architecture charity could recycle the £7 million fabric. If the project goes ahead, the branding-free material – which is expected to be 20 metres-high and line the stadium’s 900 metre-long facade – could be re-purposed into a variety of schools, health centres and humanitarian shelters for disaster-struck areas and developing countries.
These might even be off the ground in time for the 30th anniversary of Bhopal in 2014.