A retrospective view of Olympic structures in China / Tien T. Lan

Lan, Tien T.

Sports facilities for Olympic Games and other events are constructed all over the world. These buildings require a larger and larger space for operation, which is characterized by long span, lightweight and variable forms. Various forms of spatial structures proved to be a rational and effective form to serve the purpose. In the paper, the modern developments of Olympic structures employing double layer grids, cable-suspended and membrane structures in China are reviewed. The illustrated examples show the impact of the advanced technique from outside and innovations on its own effort. In addition, three main structures for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, i.e. the National Stadium, the National Aquatic Center and the National Indoor Stadium are discussed. It is expected that a large amount of construction on sports buildings for Olympic Games etc. will be done in China. Through Olympic structures, the interflow and cooperation between China and the world will further flourish in the future.

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