EPSRC Blogpost

The Engineering Behind Olympic Stadiums

Professor Matthew Gilbert discusses how we currently design flagship structures such as Olympic stadiums on the EPSRC blog.


We take it for granted that the sporting action at the Olympics will be framed by a majestic stadium. But why do stadiums take the forms that they do? And why do these forms often differ quite markedly from each other? For example, contrast the awe-inspiring irregular lattice structure forming the 'Birds Nest' stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the understated elegant simplicity of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium (now the home of West Ham United FC). Or with the Olympic Stadium in Rio, where the sporting action is framed by pristine white roof trusses... Read more on the EPSRC blog