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Olympic stadium wrap set for Rio encore

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Dow Chemical’s controversial £7m Olympic Stadium wrap could be converted into a sports shelter for the 2016 Rio games

London-based architecture charity Article 25 is designing a 130m² structure out of the fabric for a school it has completed in Patongo, northern Uganda for former child soldiers and abductees.

The humanitarian organization hopes the pavilion design could later be used by Rio de Janiero-based sports charity Bola Pra Frente during the Brazil games in 2016.

Planned to complete early next year, the structure will be prototyped in east London over the next two months before being packed into a shipping container and dispatched to the East African republic. The charity is working with ES Global and Momentum Engineering to develop the design.

Article 25 chief executive Robin Cross said the building’s construction would form part of the centre’s vocational training programme with students expected to feature in the delivery team.

‘This will help the Ugandan participants take ownership of the project,’ he explained.

He added: ‘London won the honor of hosting the Olympics in 2012 by promising to inspire a generation of young people around the world to greater heights of personal and sporting achievement.

‘By using the stadium wrap to build essential community facilities in Uganda and Brazil, Article 25 plans to deliver that promise to some of the most marginalized youngsters in the developing world.’

The 20 metres-high and 900 metre-long façade was blasted by Indian campaigners due to Dow subsidiary Union Carbide’s alleged responsibility for the Bhopal gas disaster.

Cross declined to comment on Dow’s alleged connection to the environmental catastrophe but said: ‘This is about making the Olympics work for the marginalised people of the world as well as London.’

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