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Building on Success: A Tour of Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics [Slide Show]

Hosting the Olympic Games changes a city--even a metropolis as big and ancient as London

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WEYMOUTH SEA LIFE TOWER:

Located on England's southwestern coast, Weymouth is the host for all Olympic sailing events this summer. According to the Dorset Media Center, about $390 million went into the region over the last seven years to prepare for the Games, and the Weymouth SEA LIFE Tower is the centerpiece.....[ More ]

THE SHARD:

The tallest edifice in Europe, the 95-story office and commercial glass tower wrapped up its construction in April of this year and opened for the public three weeks before the 2012 Opening Ceremonies.....[ More ]

EMIRATES AIR LINE:

This cable car, which runs passengers across the Thames near the Royal Docks, uses a mono-cable detachable gondola (a system allowing the car to detach from the carrying cable to allow more loading time).....[ More ]

ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT:

Meant to offer bird’s-eye views of the entire Olympic Park, this 115-meter-high tower cost around $30 million. The winding helix structure bears the name of Lakshmi Mittal because the steel tycoon shelled out $25 million of that total.....[ More ]

UP AT THE 02:

For $35, visitors to London's signature arena can walk over the facility's spire-studded dome. It is a 90-minute trek, heading skyward to the Up's 360-degree viewing platform before descending back to earth.....[ More ]

THE VELODROME:

Headquarters for the London Games' indoor cycling events, the structure is affectionately called the "Pringle" for its potato chip–like shape. More than 300,000 nails lock down the wooden cycling track.....[ More ]

OLYMPIC STADIUM:

Home to the stirring opening ceremonies, the Olympic Stadium seats 80,000, but it is designed to transform as needed down to a smaller capacity venue after the Games, thanks to 55,000 lightweight, removable steel seats.....[ More ]

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