London Lite Thursday, 12 November 2009 25 architectsfloatsphereideafor2012Gamesmonument its lovely bubbly for olympics fireworkdeath teens in court AN 18-year-old man and two youths aged 17 were due before magistrates in Bodmin, Cornwall today charged with the manslaughter of Mary Fox, 59, who died in a blaze after a firework was allegedly pushed through her letter box. austeritytreeis achristmashit ITS made of brown paper, lacks greenery and tinsel and it resembles a dead shrub. But the 50 austerity tree has become the surprise best seller at John Lewis. The first batch of 2,500 has sold out, with another to arrive in stores on December 10. A CLOUD of inflatable plastic bubbles could float above Londons skyline as part of an Olympic monument. The digital cloud would display images and data, such as race results, and would be secured by metal cables to a group of 120-metre towers in the Olympic Park in Stratford. The bubbles are one of the entries in a design competition run by Mayor Boris Johnson to build a 15m lasting monu- ment to the 2012 Games. Preliminary designs feature ramps, stairs and lifts that would take visitors into the main inflatable bubble, from which they could view the city. Visitors would be able to walk around in several of the bubbles and on to a walking membrane between the spheres. After the Olympics, transport information, weather forecasts and details of events would be displayed. City Hall refused to confirm that the project was on the shortlist of finalists but an insider hinted it was one of the remaining contenders that could be counted on one hand. The shortlist is also thought to include proposals from former Turner Prize-winner Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, designer of the Angel Of The North. The bubbles were designed b y a r c h i t e c t s f r o m t h e Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They said: It proposes an entirely new form of obser- vation deck, high above the Olympics -- one from which one can not only see the whole of London, but the whole of the world, immersed in the euphoric gusts of weather and world data. It offers Londons high- est park... as well as a live information system transmitting data and imagery from around the city and the world. The spheres would be made from a strong plastic, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, which was used in the Beijing Aquatic Centre. Technology used in Japanese skyscrapers would prevent them being moved by wind. Funding for the Art In The Park project is thought to come from steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. by kevin widdop Up in air: Boris, below, will decide on project Sky-high: visitors could view city from inside some of the inflatable plastic bubbles which would be reached by a 120-metre tower. Other bubbles would display race results index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html