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Sydney wins the 'green' medal

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The buildings associated with the international sporting events currently taking place in the Homebush Bay area of Sydney have won popular acclaim as a constituent part of the first 'sustainable Olympics'.

Professor Brian Edwards, head of the department of architecture at the University of Huddersfield has just returned from visiting the games site and claims that the building forms on show exemplify a 'green approach' with an 'Olympian ideal' expressed in the architecture and urban design through curvaceous lines.

'The Olympic idea has for the first time confronted the agenda of sustainable development, ' he said. 'Much is tokenism but from small beginnings grow major environmental movements. This is a nice piece of showcasing for sustainability.'

The site for the games was reclaimed from a municipal rubbish dump and now boasts an ecological park, recycling plant and solar cells to generate energy for lighting and building ventilation. The athletes' village is claimed as the biggest solar powered suburb ever built and it features active and passive solar systems, a wind farm and construction on ecological principles.

The engineering associated with water recycling is left on show as a constant reminder of environmental concerns.

The masterplan includes a major axis across the site leading to the main venues, with a cross axis terminated by a very prominent railway station designed by Australians Ken Maher and Peter Tomkin of Hassell Architects (pictured, bottom). The main athletics stadium is by Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture with engineer Sinclair, Knight and Merz (below).

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