Archinect - News 2016-09-29T23:21:20-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970029/the-olympics-are-a-dream-that-turn-into-a-nightmare-rome-s-mayor-pulls-2024-olympic-bid “The Olympics are a dream that turn into a nightmare." – Rome's mayor pulls 2024 Olympic bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yipdi9xeowjirxuz.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virginia Raggi, who was elected in June and has faced a tumultuous start to her tenure, said in a highly anticipated press conference that it would be irresponsible to move forward with the bid, given the debts that it would accrue and the burdens it would place on Roman taxpayers. [...] The 38-year-old lawyer said the city was still paying debts it had accrued for the Games in 1960, and would not stand for more &ldquo;cathedrals in the desert&rdquo; &ndash; abandoned stadiums &ndash; that the city could ill afford.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take the Olympics, please!</p><ul><li><a title="Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968313/wilkinson-eyre-designers-of-rio-s-biggest-olympic-stadium-reflect-on-the-games-architectural-legacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy</a></li><li><a title="How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></li><li><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a title="Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li><li><a title="On decentralizing the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968313/wilkinson-eyre-designers-of-rio-s-biggest-olympic-stadium-reflect-on-the-games-architectural-legacy Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy Abigail Banfield 2016-09-14T05:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T23:26:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s64p7hp7ll75qaqz.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the Olympics&rsquo; closing ceremony, and as September&rsquo;s Paralympic Games continue, international attention has begun to shift to the future of Rio de Janeiro&rsquo;s Olympic sites. These buildings must be built to evolve to accommodate Paralympic and future athletes, and the success of this change will set the precedent for Rio&rsquo;s regeneration in the long term.</p><p>I spoke to Sam Wright of WilkinsonEyre, lead of their sports architecture team, about the firm&rsquo;s Areanas Cariocas project: an incredible 400m long space for 3 venues and 36,000 spectators, making it the largest stadium at the Rio site. Having utilised his knowledge from the firm&rsquo;s creation of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12611/london-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London&rsquo;s 2012 Olympic</a> basketball arena, Wright spoke to me about the pressures and privileges of designing this colossal building, and to have, consequently, a huge involvement in the planning of Rio 2016 writ large and the city&rsquo;s regeneration plan overall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lc26pjsfi7sp2tqg.jpg"></p><p><strong>What have you learned from your involvement in the London 2012 Legacy that has inform...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965477/back-when-architecture-was-an-olympic-competition Back when architecture was an Olympic competition Justine Testado 2016-08-26T14:42:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:32:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vb3w0eg6fdkwazyy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may be a part of the Olympics the world forgot, but from 1912 to 1948, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) handed out medals across five creative arts categories including architecture...Following the 1948 games, the IOC abandoned the Olympic art competition due to the significantly high number of professionals entering, which went against the spirit of the games being an amateur competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963407/climate-change-will-make-finding-a-host-city-for-the-2088-olympics-incredibly-difficult" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Climate change will make finding a host city for the 2088 Olympics incredibly difficult</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964890/now-that-the-olympics-have-ended-what-s-in-store-for-rio-s-stadiums" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now that the Olympics have ended, what's in store for Rio's stadiums?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964890/now-that-the-olympics-have-ended-what-s-in-store-for-rio-s-stadiums Now that the Olympics have ended, what's in store for Rio's stadiums? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-23T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:05:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/ba6pyds9epdkpj05.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Future Arena, the handball venue, will be taken apart and the pieces used to build four schools around the city, each serving 500 students. [...] the city will turn the aquatics stadium into two community swimming centers; the media center will become a high school dorm; and the 300 acres of land on which Barra Olympic Park currently sits will go be turned over for public parks and private development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Rio's Olympic legacy:</p><ul><li><a title="In honor of the Olympics, French artist JR installs giant athletes in Rio" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961516/in-honor-of-the-olympics-french-artist-jr-installs-giant-athletes-in-rio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In honor of the Olympics, French artist JR installs giant athletes in Rio</a></li><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></li><li><a title="The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></li><li><a title='Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961778/rio-olympics-2016-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect-at-the-opening-ceremony Rio Olympics 2016: how to watch, and what to expect at the opening ceremony Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-05T13:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:32:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jyyjqhz6nfggw0o.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's finally arrived: the opening ceremony for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/545945/2016-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro</a> is tonight. Technically, the Games are already underway (soccer competitions began on August 3), but the bulk of events will take place after the ceremony.&nbsp;And chances are for those in the U.S., you're nowhere near attending, and&nbsp;you'll be beholden to the broadcasters. Here's what you can expect.</p><p>The opening ceremony will be significantly cheaper than historically has been the case&mdash;the entire budget for the opening and closing ceremonies for both the Olympics and Paralympics is $55.9 million, less than half of what it had been originally. The ceremony's creative director Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director of&nbsp;<em>City of God&nbsp;</em>(2002), has incorporated three thematic "pillars" into the show: sustainability (partially an ode to the Amazon rainforest), smiling (!), and "gambiarra"&mdash;a Portuguese expression of resourcefulness.</p><p>The ceremony is also scheduled to include legendary soccer player Pele...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961547/summer-daze-checking-ourselves-before-we-wreck-ourselves-on-archinect-sessions-75 Summer daze: checking ourselves before we wreck ourselves, on Archinect Sessions #75 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-04T19:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:29:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ib/ib7fkpyamfo3pt7q.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The last few weeks have been a bit of a downer&mdash;we had a big ol' roundtable on how <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960435/brexit-means-brexit-architects-rob-hyde-katy-marks-and-mark-middleton-on-how-brexit-could-change-uk-architecture-and-how-architects-could-change-brexit-on-archinect-sessions-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit is changing architecture practice and education</a>, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions raged, and Rio is coping (somewhat) with its Olympic stress. Now, we're in need of some lighter fare. We wanted to take a moment in the summer heat to check-in with what Donna and Ken have been up to, and pass on some of our own recommendations for what to read and listen to this summer.</p><p>Also featuring: Ken dishing about Guy Fieri and vegan butchers, Donna giving us the latest on her husband's giant installation in Rancho Cucamonga, and "a really fun text book".&nbsp;Scroll down to see what books and music we're recommending.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 75 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Summer Daze":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe wit...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T19:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:10:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4hkue6vs0l1oyqi.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just in time for Friday's Rio Olympics, it's time to take a look back at former Olympic villages: specifically, what good are they post-games? In London, the 560 acres of the East End that was transformed into the grounds for the 2012 Olympics have undergone the Olly Wainwright examination in his latest piece for <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/03/london-olympic-legacy-stratford-suburb-on-steroids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>. As he writes,</p><p><em>That London has a lasting physical inheritance from its two-week &pound;12bn jamboree is indisputable, but what kind of place is the promised Legacy-land turning out to be?&nbsp;So far, it&rsquo;s an odd one. It is somewhere that feels more like an accidental suburban campus than a real piece of London &ndash; a place where the different functions that make up a city have been separated out, each built without much thought given to how they relate.</em></p><p>Good news: there is some affordable housing among the leftovers/adjacent proposed developing properties loosely branded as Olympicopolis, but there could be more (as ever).</p><p>More Olympics news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961137/rio-s-streets-clog-with-traffic-as-visitors-arrive-for-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio's streets clog with traffic as ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring” Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T17:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T14:18:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/ehxnzf9js8zolcba.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sunday was supposed to be move-in day for many athletes, but the leader of the Australian Olympic delegation said its athletes would not be checking in because of problems with the gas, electricity and plumbing. [...] delegations from Britain, New Zealand and other countries were experiencing similar problems in the village, which is in an area of western Rio called Barra da Tijuca.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The official start to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will go ahead on August 5, despite ongoing concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, political upheaval, economic distress, polluted competition waters, and now, questionable athlete facilities.</p><p>More from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/sports/olympics/rio-olympic-village-australia.html?smid=fb-nytimes&amp;smtyp=cur&amp;_r=0&amp;mtrref=go.redirectingat.com&amp;gwh=B99BF27C1089AE628073F1496F6FFE5E&amp;gwt=pay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>:</p><p><em>Olympic officials said they expected the issues to be resolved within a few days. They said the village had officially opened Sunday morning and, as planned, a few hundred delegation members had moved in.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;There are some adjustments that we are dealing with and will be resolved in a short while,&rdquo; said Carlos Nuzman, the president of the organizing committee. &ldquo;Every Olympic village, because of their magnitude, needs some adjustments until it becomes perfect. The important thing is that everything will be resolved before the Games, without disturbing the athletes.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Get caught up on what's happening in Rio:</p><ul><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly por...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics On decentralizing the Olympics Justine Testado 2016-07-21T14:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:37:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/htgz9jxmofjoobql.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More broadly, this reconfiguration would make the games, for the first time, a truly global event. Dozens of countries that could never afford to host the Olympics in their current form &ndash; Kenya, Thailand, Chile, to name a few &ndash; might easily host a single Olympic sport. Rather than being an occasion for nationalistic displays by a single, powerful host country, the Olympics would become a celebration of human diversity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With overwhelming evidence that hosting the Olympics is a huge burden for several cities, Paul Christesen, a Professor of Classics at Dartmouth, makes a case for the possible advantages of having Olympic sports competitions take place in different cities throughout the globe. He also makes suggestions on how decentralizing the Games can be carried out to other aspects of the event.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940794/california-pledges-to-pick-up-some-of-the-cost-overruns-of-la-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145735758/tokyo-olympics-refusing-to-pay-zaha-hadid-for-work-on-the-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympics refusing to pay Zaha Hadid for work on the national stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-13T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zy/zyjcm7k3wh704pnp.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists can disagree on how much the mass migration of 500,000 foreigners will accelerate the virus&rsquo;s global spread and make the pandemic worse&mdash;but none can possibly argue that it will slow it down or make things better. [...] &ldquo;Olympism seeks to create &hellip; social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles&rdquo;.&nbsp;[...] But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not to mention Brazil's ongoing corruption scandal, that just yesterday resulted in President Dilma Rousseff being kicked out of the Presidential palace, as the impeachment trial against her begins.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a title="Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a title='Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds 11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds Alexander Walter 2016-04-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T13:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zft0th7mk1yhg14q.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eleven people died while working on Olympic facilities or Games-related projects between January 2013 and March 2016, according to a report released Monday by Rio de Janeiro's Regional Labor and Employment Office. The report, released by Elaine Castilho, the auditor for the Rio Olympic Games works, also notes that no workers died in the preparations for the 2012 Summer Games in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:43:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hzfwisk4argzv2z5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers on Monday chose logo A &mdash; a stark indigo-and-white checkered circle &mdash; as the games&rsquo; replacement emblem after the original design was scrapped last year amid claims of plagiarism. The Tokyo 2020 Logo Selection Committee chose the logo from a shortlist of four following a competition open to any resident of Japan aged over 18. Almost 15,000 entries were submitted. The winning logo was designed by Asao Tokolo, a 46-year-old artist [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The design comprises 45 interconnecting pieces forming a checkered pattern known as ichimatsu moyou. Use of the color indigo is intended &ldquo;to express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.&rdquo;"</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141822933/2020-tokyo-olympics-panel-launches-nationwide-call-for-new-logo-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design</a></p><p>More stories about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146053608/did-kengo-kuma-copy-elements-of-zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues Alexander Walter 2016-04-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfnuyxil390pe12r.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>International sports federations&nbsp;expressed concern&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;over problems with venues for the Olympics&nbsp;in Rio de&nbsp;Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena&nbsp;this week. Members of the Association of Olympic International Sports&nbsp;Federations reviewed preparations for the Rio Games,&nbsp;which open in&nbsp;less than four months on&nbsp;Aug. 5. "They miss some very important details in each field of play,"&nbsp;ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said at the&nbsp;group's annual&nbsp;meeting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22/two-dead-after-path-built-for-rio-olympics-upgrade-collapses/7348944" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tragic setback occurred yesterday</a> when a seaside section of a recently inaugurated elevated bike path collapsed after being hit by a powerful wave, killing two people and injuring at least three others. A possible third victim may have been swept out into the ocean.</p><p>More Rio 2016 headlines in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center &ndash; 200 days before the games open</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940794/california-pledges-to-pick-up-some-of-the-cost-overruns-of-la-2024-olympic-bid California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0k0io05gjagspi0g.jpg" width="400" height="807" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Associated Press reports a California legislative panel advanced a bill Tuesday committing the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns as part of Los Angeles&rsquo; bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved the bill in a 7-0 vote after proponents said they&rsquo;re confident they can provide the Games without the serious deficits that have challenged other recent host cities. They pointed to Los Angeles&rsquo; profitable hosting of the 1984 Olympics.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148366519/la-2024-plays-up-a-sunny-disposition-in-their-logo-for-the-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA 2024 plays up a sunny disposition in their logo for the Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-12T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-04-12T20:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4ql51fh4woh7pkwr.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For Brazil&rsquo;s economy, the near future probably features a period of stagnation, as a government paralyzed by political crisis dodges the tough choices created by strong inflation, rising budget deficits and, at best, a touch of economic growth in 2017 after hitting rock bottom in 2016. [...] Demonstrators have turned out in numbers larger than in 1984 &mdash; when Brazilians of all stripes united to throw off military rule&mdash; to demand [President] Rousseff&rsquo;s ouster</p></em><br /><br /><p>As reported by <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-idUSKCN0X81ZC" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a> today, a congressional committee has recommended impeaching President Rousseff, partially in response to charges that during her 2014 re-election, she broke campaigning budget laws. This Sunday, the entire lower house will vote, and if the decision to impeach receives two-thirds majority, it will continue to Brazil's Senate.</p><p>From Reuters:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The political chaos in the capital, Brasilia, is playing out less than 100 days before the nation plays host to the first Olympic Games to be held in South America - an event that will cast the world's eyes on Brazil.</em></p><p><em>The battle over Rousseff's impeachment has polarized the nation of 200 million people and brought the government of Latin America's largest economy to a virtual standstill.</em></p><p>All this in the midst of a gigantic corruption scandal within the state-run oil company Petrobras,&nbsp;anxiety from the ongoing Zika virus,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/04/11/473828835/amid-brazils-recession-ticket-sales-lag-for-rio-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">weak Olympic ticket sales</a>&nbsp;&ndash; although, thankfully, Olympic preparations are <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-brazil-olympics-c7ee695e-fa5e-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde-20160410-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"ahead of schedule"</a> for the op...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936515/utopian-dreams-london-s-first-design-biennale-reveals-its-opening-theme Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme Ellen Hancock 2016-03-25T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T13:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/2361c19a5e7a62cdb72d55093a34c020.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s inaugural Design Biennale is set to open at Somerset House this September, based around the idea of Utopia to coincide with the venue&rsquo;s year-long events programme. The biennale is headed up by London Design Festival director Ben Evans, biennale director Christopher Turner, former editor of Icon, and London Design Festival co-founder Sir John Sorrell. More than 30 countries are taking part in the event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Representing the UK will be the design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby best known for designing the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch and their work with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/41593210/vitra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitra</a>. Their installation will be curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148366519/la-2024-plays-up-a-sunny-disposition-in-their-logo-for-the-olympic-bid LA 2024 plays up a sunny disposition in their logo for the Olympic bid Justine Testado 2016-02-17T19:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:32:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zctjbjxiumwiwypm.jpg" width="514" height="927" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Every day people follow the sun to our city in pursuit of their dreams,' bid committee chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement, adding: 'We're inviting the world to follow the sun to California in 2024.' The Olympic movement takes such things seriously. In the past, millions of dollars have been spent on the design of emblems and the often-ridiculed mascots.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read LA 2024's full press statement about the logo's unveiling&nbsp;<a href="http://la24.org/media/216-logo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and watch the promotional video below.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141822933/2020-tokyo-olympics-panel-launches-nationwide-call-for-new-logo-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center – 200 days before the games open Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-15T13:01:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6hgvy6h6zgzalbb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Rio de Janeiro canceled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis center on Thursday, just 200 days before the start of the games, fining the consortium responsible for delays and breach of contract for the mostly finished venue. [...] Rio City Hall, which is responsible for the construction, did not say how the tennis center, which is 90-percent complete, will be finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T12:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T14:33:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o8/o8ljmrt5l55lwpec.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now that the cat is out of the bag and the Japanese government has officially <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced Kengo Kuma's stadium proposal</a> as the <em>new </em>winning design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics</a>, all eyes are on Zaha Hadid Architects, design firm of the voluptuous<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61446872/zaha-hadid-wins-japan-national-stadium-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em> initial</em> winning</a> stadium spaceship which was ultimately <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pulled back to earth</a> in mid-takeoff by the immense gravity of an outraged public reaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0b/0bxt0aook8hsqvd1.jpg"></p><p>Dame Hadid,<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> fighting for a second chance</a> for her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redesigned submission</a> until the very last minute, reacted swiftly and issued an expectedly disappointed statement on <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2015/12/22/statement-from-zaha-hadid-on-new-national-stadium-japan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">her website</a> this morning:</p><p>&ldquo;We were&nbsp;honoured to be selected to design a stadium that would enable Japan to welcome the world for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and bring the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo, before becoming a new home for Japanese sport for many future generations.</p><p>&ldquo;Sadly&nbsp;the Japanese&nbsp;authorities, with the support of some of those from our own profession in Japan, have&nbsp;colluded to close the doors on the project to the world.</p><p>&ldquo;This shockin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T02:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T15:57:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzit6xal7hvmedp9.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government on Tuesday picked a design by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium, a building that is expected to become the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. One of two short-listed entries and identified until now only as design A, Kuma&rsquo;s plan was a joint submission in partnership with construction giant Taisei Corp. The competing design, identified as design B, was by architect Toyo Ito [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iz/izn6mnwzoda9ykxr.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143448952/kengo-kuma-toyo-ito-rumored-to-be-designers-behind-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last week's rumors</a> turned out to be true - the winning <strong>Design A</strong> was indeed developed by Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates, beating out Toyo Ito's less successful&nbsp;<strong>Design B</strong>.</p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143448952/kengo-kuma-toyo-ito-rumored-to-be-designers-behind-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma &amp; Toyo Ito rumored to be designers behind new Tokyo Olympic Stadium proposals</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T13:18:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:02:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72bh8a1iju6ud0s8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazilian police investigating corruption around the state-run oil firm Petrobras also plan to investigate more than $10bn of construction contracts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to a lead investigator on the case. Some of the big engineering companies caught up in the Petrobras inquiry &ldquo;very probably&rdquo; broke laws against price-fixing and bribery on contracts to build Olympic venues, said Igor Romario, a federal police chief and key figure in the investigation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Another Olympics, another story of displacement" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></li><li><a title="Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li><li><a title="Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99707082/racing-to-get-ready-rio-2016-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94269335/olympics-set-to-transform-rio-but-for-better-or-worse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140292045/tokyo-s-2020-olympics-won-t-have-zaha-but-it-s-looking-like-there-will-be-robot-taxi Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T19:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f68vegg2xija6yis.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo-based Robot Taxi ... is still on track to start field tests of its driverless taxi service in one region of Japan by the end of next March [...] The company, a joint venture between DeNA (one of Japan&rsquo;s mobile internet pioneers) and ZMP (a robotics firm; tagline &ldquo;Robot of Everything&rdquo;) is not building its own cars from scratch. Instead, it&rsquo;s focusing on adding driverless capabilities to existing cars and designing, creating, and marketing the taxi service.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the lead-up to Toky's 2020 Olympic Games:</p><ul><li><a title="Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136962417/zaha-hadid-ineligible-to-participate-in-tokyo-stadium-design-build-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></li><li><a title="Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li><li><a title="Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement Another Olympics, another story of displacement Alexander Walter 2015-10-01T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:23:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f06c59e16c591f6ade7ed1ac7f678387.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Team China beat out Team Kazakhstan to host the games. Zhangjiakou, a city of 4 million people in the mountains of Hebei province, will host the games alongside Beijing. [...] They're worried I'll talk to people like Lu Wanku, who will be forced to move to make way for the region&rsquo;s investment boom. Lu herds cattle and has lived in his tiny brick home for more than 20 years. His home is now in the way of a Four Seasons Town Dream Resort ski run. [...] Lu has two weeks to move out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67094314/putin-s-olympic-steamroller-in-sochi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putin's Olympic steamroller in Sochi</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T12:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T11:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fb14d3ca77a7b361db7ae91c5d4c38e.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at &yen;155 billion, much lower than the &yen;252 billion projected under a recently scrapped plan [...]. The government intends to make sure that the stadium will be built by April 2020. But given the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s request that the venue be built by January of that year, it plans to ask a yet-to-be-named contractor to propose shortening its construction schedule, the sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the troubled New National Stadium Tokyo in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T20:48:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ox/ox8ik7saqpc19m4j.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an architectural "hail Mary" move, Zaha Hadid Architects put out a 23-minute video stating their case for Japan to keep their embroiled design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. When Japanese prime minister<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Shinzo Abe announced approximately five weeks ago that ZHA's design was being dropped</a>, citing concerns over an inflated &yen;252 billion&nbsp;price-tag since the initial competition-winning submission, ZHA denied that the design was to blame for the increased cost, and instead placed the responsibility on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">less-than-competitive Japanese contractor market</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/bijg96amncca6xlk.jpg"></p><p>In the slick, info-laden 23-minute video, Dame Hadid herself makes the case for the stadium: "it was a&nbsp;very serious team of people, of engineers, of architects, who looked at this project for two to three years, so it was an enormous investment. I think it&rsquo;s a very important project because it has a lot beyond the Olympics, it has a legacy life.&rdquo; That legacy life is the core justification for every design element that may, at first...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T20:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgnqh8wwtrfpyhtf.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, officials said they can host the massive 17-day sporting event for $4.1 billion and offered to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns. [...] Garcetti and his team have proposed to spend $500 million less than what Boston had planned and expect to finish with a $150-million surplus by generating billions in broadcast and sponsorship revenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Olympic news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games? Justine Testado 2015-08-06T10:19:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T23:00:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/ir7fvcl46m023cxl.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'When these [2007 Pan Am] venues were built the government told Brazilians that these would be Olympic-ready, and there would be a rather smooth and efficient transition to eventually hosting the Olympics,' explained Rio-based reporter Taylor Barnes...'But, these venues have instead had some pretty checkered after-lives.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite a murky past of broken promises in addition to recent water-safety concerns and rampant economic turmoil, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:ded21dccc283403f8b14d3714e405587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claims</a> construction of the venues are on schedule and will be delivered on time for the 2016 Olympics -- which will begin one year from now. Public Radio International interviews Rio-based reporter Taylor Barnes, who gives a glimpse into the reality of the situation.</p><p>More Olympic news on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></p><p><a title="Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></p><p><a title="Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:05:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g93b7jlojtug0l9y.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee said Monday that it was withdrawing Boston as its proposed bid city because resistance among residents was too great to overcome in the short time that remained before the committee had to formally propose a bid city by Sept. 15. [...] U.S.O.C. intended to move quickly to prepare a bid from another city. While he did not mention Los Angeles by name, many people involved in the Olympics expect Los Angeles to enter the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the 2020 and 2024 Olympics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129652792/david-manfredi-the-architect-behind-boston-s-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li><li><p><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium “I thought, ‘What?’ when I heard it would cost ¥252 billion,” Tadao Ando says about National Stadium Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T23:48:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9w/9ww7oi2mbx3l121j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-famous architect Tadao Ando was astonished to learn that the design he chose for the new National Stadium would cost &yen;252 billion to build, he said at a press conference Thursday, where he spoke for the first time since the swelling cost became an issue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/16/us-olympics-japan-stadium-idUSKCN0PQ0IP20150716" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the massive ballooning in the construction costs of <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">relatively unpopular</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed design</a> for Japan's National Stadium are not the fault of the chairman of&nbsp;the&nbsp;design committee, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>: "Soaring construction and labor costs, along with a rise in Japan's sales tax, are blamed for much of the price surge." Ando also noted that&nbsp;&ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t drop Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s design, otherwise we&rsquo;ll lose credibility internationally.&rdquo; The enormous increase in the cost of&nbsp;the&nbsp;stadium is awkward, as the country is&nbsp;still&nbsp;not fully recovered from the devastation of the March 2011 T&#333;hoku earthquake and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39226767/japan-earthquake-before-and-after" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tsunami</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8omsxx86rwspvc3g.jpg">&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T19:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:00:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x3/x3dgqr93vluqumud.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The price tag for 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is now a whopping $2.1 billion. That&rsquo;s more than the stadiums for the past three summer Olympic stadiums combined. That&rsquo;s pretty silly! So is the stadium&rsquo;s new Photoshop meme.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the current estimated cost for <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> 's stadium design clocking in at more than $2 billion (that's $700 million more than the initial estimate), a <a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150714_04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent poll</a> by Japanese news network NHK found that "81 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the plan to build the stadium without changing its design." Only 13 percent said that they approved.</p><p>Here are a few of the cheeky Japanese memes <em>critically</em> expressing their discontent with the pricey design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Olympic Stadium</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p8/p8vxk38z40lkgu5n.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/nickjil/status/619761882241458176/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nickjil</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxiuz6e8fiysk5jw.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/AKID_0831/status/619858403796488193/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AKID_0831</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/ylvohpmranyybppz.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/641236A/status/619816252232437760/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@641236A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/on/onomrlg1q1m2e932.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/nabe_chan_/status/619975351968477184/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nabe_chan_</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mvp1cobeuudqaa93.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/yuki_japantokyo/status/619849817687113729/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@yuki_japantokyo</a></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://kotaku.com/the-tokyo-olympics-stadium-makes-for-good-photoshops-1717435030" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kotaku</a> for more memes.</p><p>Recently in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo will stay the course with Zaha's Olympic stadium</a></p>