2. Olympic Stadium

Location: London

Architect: Populous

Designed by the reigning kings of sporting architecture, Populous, London's Olympic Stadium captured the attention of athletics fans and the hearts of architectural critics this summer. The structure was shotlisted for a Stirling Prize, despite some detractors-critic Tom Dyckhoff called it "tragically" underwhelming-and most folks celebrated the economy of its ornament and appropriateness as a icon to global sport.

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