Theory
JPD 03 - 31 - 2010

Munich Olympic Park. Historically and architecturally SUSTAINable. A culture and history influenced by war and destruction. Piles and piles of WW ll wreckage. Why get rid of such an influential chunk of history? Why not integrate the history into the site? Munich succeeded--using the piles of rubble to influence and form the rolling landscape of the public park. Mounds after mounds of grass-covered rubble. A dynamic green space that transitions into the architecture. Tensile-structure canopies draped over the facilities reference the free flowing landscape. The landscape merges with the structure. Historic rubble remains---the architecture acknowledges the history and attempts to artfully and delicately emerge from the hills/wreckage. Built/designed for the 1972 Olympic Games, the site is still sustaining. Well integrated with the city of Munich, Olympic Park is easily accessible. A nearby metro filters plenty of people into the site. Bike trails and pedestrian paths circulate through the rolling landscape. A large pond surrounded by hills provides a relaxing place for visitors to gather. Sporting facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, etc. are well used by such an active society focused around sports/athletics. Munich Olympic Park is truly a SUSTAINable Olympic/Historic park. *Top Image: Olympic Park Diagram *Bottom Image: Olympic Park Emerging Structure

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