London Olympics' Conflicted Architecture: Gorgeous Gardens, Scary "Orbit"

By James S. Russell - 2012-07-10T14:42:12Z

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A River Runs Through It

A branch of the Lea River runs in front of the London Olympic stadium. The games' investment is intended to help revitalize a long-neglected part of east London by transforming industrial lands and waterways into amenities that link communities long cut off by rail yards and large-scale derelict industry.