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2012 London Olympic Cauldron, London, United Kingdom 
Friday 25 Jul 2014
 
Public acknowledgment for ATOPIA 
 
Image: Ian Patterson 
 
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Out-of-court settlement reached over ATOPIA's concept for 2012 London Olympics 

The joint liquidators of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited (LOCOG) has released a statement recognising that five concepts that defined a framework for showcasing sustainability at the Games and five features for the design scenario at the Games were originally provided by design studio ATOPIA. An out-of-court settlement has thus been reached with the firm.

The five concepts that defined a framework for showcasing sustainability at the Games:

Beyond Zero’
- ‘The One and Many’
- ‘An Environmental Parliament’
- ‘The Acorn and the Oak’
- ‘Because it’s worth it’

The five features for the design scenario:

- the live-time construction of the pavilion in the opening ceremony for the Games
- the pavilion being made from 200+ flower shaped forms, one for each of the  participating nations
- the flower-shaped forms to be brought into the opening ceremony by ‘bearers’ in each participating nations team
- as part of the ceremony the ‘bearers’ to pass each flower shaped form to the ‘next generation’ to be ‘planted’ and ‘deployed’ as a pavilion
- after the Games the flower shaped forms to be returned to the participating nations

Jane Harrison and David Turnbull of ATOPIA have since released a statement that reads:

“One year after the story broke in The Guardian concerning the work we produced for LOCOG for London 2012, we are relieved that LOCOG has decided to settle with us on this matter and publicly acknowledge the work we produced.

“Following the London 2012 Olympics we decided to take steps to seek recognition from LOCOG for the strategic design work we produced between 2006 and 2008. We understood that this decision would be emotionally risky, time-consuming and costly to ourselves but we considered it to be essential in order to establish certain principles and rights with respect to our work and insist upon acknowledgement for that work.

“A key component in the way we work is developing design scenarios and writing design-based narratives for clients that allow them to imagine possibilities years ahead of time and catalyze thinking within their organizations to deliver socially engaged innovation.

“We are relieved that this lengthy process, with the support of Simons Muirhead & Burton has resulted in a settlement and public recognition for our 'One Planet Design Scenario' and 'Framework for a Sustainable Olympics'.

"Following the settlement we will be making a donation to our non-profit organization ATOPIA Research and its subsidiary PITCHAfrica to support our work in Sport for Development in Africa.”

Click here to read a previous interview with Jane Harrison about ATOPIA's original design for the Olympic Cauldron, touching on issues of IP Protection. 

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