A powerful, eloquently-argued essay by Tim Abrahams. that takes apart the Stadium for London 2012 piece by piece, providing fascinating insight into the process by which this strange structure was designed and built. Drawings by the excellent illustrator and architect Nigel Peake.
"We remained reasonably good friends until I was about to be called up to the army. I remember Basil Spence was then president of the RIBA. He said to me: 'The army will do you a load of good.' And I thought, 'You cunt,' and I never spoke to him again."
“It’s trademark stood beside the gates, a Chinese teapot three storey high built entirely from green bricks. During the Sino-Japanese war of 1937 it had been holed by shell-fire and now resembled a puncture globe of the earth. Thousands of the brick had migrated across the surrounding fields to the villages beside the works canal, incorporated in the huts and dwellings a vision of a magical rural China.’
‘Drifting through Wapping, copying inscriptions on gravestones removed from their original setting, I heard a commotion of marmosets in Scandrett Street."
"The general public has long been divided into two parts; those who think that science can do anything and those who are afraid it will."