Archinect - News 2015-09-05T06:17:42-04:00 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/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eda6af5f924d08058d5b9155e12d205.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Manica, president of Manica Architecture, the firm designing the stadium, previously described the open-air venue as &ldquo;like a luxury sports car&rdquo; and &ldquo;very aerodynamic.&rdquo; A brief video released Monday to promote the project described the stadium as &ldquo;designed to be an instant classic.&rdquo; Narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, it touted an on-site campus for the NFL that would &ldquo;power every important league initiative for the next 50 years&rdquo; as well as a farmers' market [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>One must-have LA feature the <em>Times</em> article glanced over is the "VVIP In-Stadium Valet Parking for Premium Fans." After all, who wants to self-park their <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/pic-kim-kardashian-buys-kanye-west-750000-lamborghini-201286" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">special-edition Lamborghini</a> next to a stinking Porsche Boxster and then schlep their personally-trained buttocks all the way to the friggin' sky box?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/kogcb9u0xkfmz9gc.jpg"></p><p>James Dator at <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/2015/8/18/9171629/new-los-angeles-nfl-stadium-carson-video-farmers-market-valet-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>SBNation</em></a> got the caption right: "HAHAHAHAHA! Look at all those poor people staring through the glass.&nbsp;They'll never own a car that nice, and they know it!"</p><p>What's your take, LA Archinectors? Will we be able to take the 101 to the 110 to the 405 soon to see a live NFL game?</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125977921/quest-for-la-football-stadium-enters-the-next-round-carson-city-council-approves-its-nfl-stadium-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quest for LA football stadium enters the next round: Carson City Council approves its NFL stadium proposal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T23:59:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmm3sm8fkalfj455.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When an NFL team wants to build a new stadium, it often argues that the facility would boost the local economy. But that is not true, says Roger Noll, a Stanford professor emeritus in economics. [...] "NFL stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, and the incremental tax revenue is not sufficient to cover any significant financial contribution by the city," said Noll, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14152735/los-angeles-nfl-stadium-and-convention-center-project-would-boost-tax-revenue-studies-find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles NFL stadium and Convention Center project would boost tax revenue, studies find</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans Alexander Walter 2015-07-23T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T20:07:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qbe9wkxf6zyoopm.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid, the architect whose plans for the National Stadium have been scrapped, hopes to remain involved in the planning for the centerpiece for the 2020 Olympics, the Japan Sport Council said Thursday. The council said Jim Heverin, a director of Hadid&rsquo;s company, conveyed her wishes on a fact-finding visit to Japan following the cancellation. [...] Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Japan faces a &yen;5.9 billion bill for the work done so far and contracts already signed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe <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">pulling the plug on Hadid's stadium design</a> last week due to the unforeseen astronomical costs, the Japan Sport Council is nonetheless on the hook now for&nbsp;&yen;5.9 billion (nearly $48 million) for the work that had already been done so far by various parties. Zaha Hadid Architects' fee alone is reportedly $11.88 million &mdash;&nbsp;and that's without any damages the firm might seek over the cancelled contract.</p><p>Previously:</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; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</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><li><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></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled – Abe calls for a redesign from scratch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T21:27:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kryoo459zrndh2s.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">multiple reassurances</a> that Zaha Hadid Architect's design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium would continue</a>, despite <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyrocketing costs since its 2012 announcement</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">constantly decreasing public favor</a>, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that the stadium would be scratched in favor of a complete redesign. The stadium, which was most recently estimated to cost&nbsp;&yen;252 billion, had become more and more expensive due to rising construction costs in Japan, <a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/japan.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NHK World</em></a>&nbsp;reports.</p><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a statement <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2015/07/17/new-national-stadium-japan-statement-from-zaha-hadid-architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on their website</a>&nbsp;responding to the decision, stating that the rising costs were not due to the design per-se, and that the real difficulty was agreeing on an acceptable construction cost. The statement expressed confidence, based on past major stadium experience (such as for the 2012 London Olympic Games), that ZHA could reliably build their design in a cost-effective manner. Public opinion in Japan was not enamored with the design &ndash; it had even spawned a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satiric...</a></p> 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/131279044/herzog-de-meuron-s-stadium-in-chelsea-will-be-a-hefty-brute-of-a-thing Herzog & de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-07T01:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:08:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pnckkmfkvxjih79.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The stadium will be wrapped in a cage of slender concrete and brick columns that will rise to a zig-zagging profile, before folding over to form the roof &ndash; as if the architects&rsquo; tangle of struts in Beijing&rsquo;s Bird&rsquo;s Nest stadium had been straightened out and neatened up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s design for the Football Club stadium in Chelsea takes fandom to the level or religious zealotry, borrowing dramatic gothic elements from Westminster Abbey &ndash; the structure&nbsp;that formerly stood on the same site. The design's heavy masonry, brick and railway-style vaults prompt comparisons to "London's Victorian railway viaducts" and the Brutalist concrete hulks of the 1970s. As Jacques Herzog in&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>&nbsp;explains it, the stadium will be like&nbsp;&ldquo;a castle, or a medieval walled village ...&nbsp;It is really a structural thing, very naked in some way."</p><p>The&nbsp;&pound;500M stadium should support crowds from 42,000 - 60,000, and while Herzog &amp; de Meuron have already completed numerous arenas (perhaps most famously, their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53293231/how-to-fill-an-empty-bird-s-nest-beijing-s-olympic-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bird's Nest" stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics</a>), the Chelsea project's heft offers an aesthetic break from the ongoing sweeping, airy trends in stadium design.</p><p>More on Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium work:</p><ul><li><a title="Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, selected for 2012 Serpentine" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37235400/bird-s-nest-collaborators-ai-weiwei-and-herzog-de-meuron-selected-for-2012-serpentine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, s...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium Tokyo will stay the course with Zaha's Olympic stadium Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T18:43:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9p69s3bng1stjy2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two massive arches that form the backbone of the stadium's roof, a feature that critics blamed for raising construction costs, will remain part of the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When confronted with Zaha Hadid's too-big and too-costly design for the 2020 Olympic National Stadium, Tokyo officials decided to go ahead with the designs anyway &ndash; or else, add "too late" to that list of descriptors. Any additional major changes to the design (Hadid <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">already scaled back the design</a> after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pushback</a> from major Japanese architects) would delay construction too much. Now, construction on the stadium will begin in October of this year, and hopefully be finished by 2019.</p><p>Some background on Tokyo's 2020 Olympic National Stadium:</p><p><a title="Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113032564/zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-slammed-as-a-monumental-mistake-and-a-disgrace-to-future-generations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations'</a></p><p><a title="Hadid&rsquo;s stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games &lsquo;to be scaled back&rsquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid&rsquo;s stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games &lsquo;to be scaled back&rsquo;</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bdbc595d4d57aa0127c415c22637f7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs. Our arrest was dramatic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125977921/quest-for-la-football-stadium-enters-the-next-round-carson-city-council-approves-its-nfl-stadium-proposal Quest for LA football stadium enters the next round: Carson City Council approves its NFL stadium proposal Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-23T14:36:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65sx0jbuz38fuxtf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Carson City Council unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night, barely two months after the public announcement of the $1.7-billion project. "There are two things we need in California: rain &hellip; and football," Carson Mayor Albert Robles said after the 3-0 vote. "And football is coming to Carson!"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123739068/uli-report-says-houston-astrodome-can-and-should-live-on ULI report says Houston Astrodome “can and should live on” Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:35:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/sy0b6z2705rbq7jh.jpg" width="514" height="153" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s iconic NRG Astrodome &ldquo;can and should live on&rdquo; as a multi-use park that will enhance the quality of life for residents of the city, serve as a popular tourist destination, and catalyze economic development that enhances the greater NRG Park and benefits the region as a whole, according to a report released today from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the full ULI report,&nbsp;<em>The Astrodome, Harris County Texas: A Vision for a Repurposed Icon</em>, <a href="http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Houston_Astrodome_PanelReport_2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA Alexander Walter 2015-03-10T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8b3e653e3fba1d681032ab3eb0f67b1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown. The sports and entertainment conglomerate is no longer in discussions with the NFL or any teams about the project, company officials said Monday. [...] In recent weeks, competing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson, backed by NFL team owners, have overshadowed the AEG plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122526485/japanese-government-pushes-for-advanced-technology-in-tokyo-olympic-stadium-including-facial-recognition Japanese government pushes for advanced technology in Tokyo Olympic Stadium, including facial recognition Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T19:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T19:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vb2hf3su4o6d9noc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants Japan to showcase its cutting-edge technology in the new national stadium being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Abe made the remark on Monday at a meeting with a study panel on the stadium. [...] Prime Minister Abe [...] said he wants to hear people in other countries calling the new stadium great. Some people have raised concerns about high maintenance costs for the new facility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While some of that Japanese cutting-edge technology (for example 3D projection) will be found in the entertainment department, other features, like <a href="http://www.biometricupdate.com/201501/tokyos-national-olympic-stadium-to-deploy-facial-recognition-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facial recognition</a>, could enable ticketless entrance and serve security and&nbsp;counterterrorism efforts.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118903791/albert-speer-talks-about-the-qatar-world-cup-and-the-search-for-sustainability Albert Speer talks about the Qatar World Cup and the search for sustainability Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T18:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:34:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/aja6n4tr1kipa1mu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does it make sense for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup? German architect Albert Speer, whose office is in charge of the project, says yes -- and is doing all he can to ensure sustainability. In a SPIEGEL interview, he says how.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49931535/desert-sands-soccer-sustainability-and-symbolic-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert sands, soccer, sustainability and "symbolic capital"...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium? Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T13:35:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fed7d056d11c5224b773cebaf5c63679.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, which could pave the way for the league's return to Los Angeles...Owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres adjacent to the Forum a year ago, has joined forces with the owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. They plan to add an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue to the already-massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space...</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The announcement is the latest in more than a dozen stadium proposals that have come and gone in the meandering, two-decade effort to bring an NFL franchise back to the nation's second-largest media market. But Kroenke's move marks the first time an existing team owner has controlled a local site large enough for a stadium and parking."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116037548/sports-stadium-architecture-welcome-to-the-new-temples-of-pleasure Sports stadium architecture: Welcome to the new temples of pleasure Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T06:59:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/018d3e7e07c39f01602c5f396c1fea95.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's like creating a contemporary cathedral in some ways [...]" "Often the stadium is meant to become the pride of a city, a landmark object, and as such, a monument representing the latest achievements in architecture." Since ancient Greeks built the first Olympic stadium in fine white marble, the arena has been as much about inspiring awe, as staging competition. Today's architects must go even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over ‘turtle-like’ Olympic stadium Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:59:00-05:00 >2014-12-21T19:52:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e7e005d47423b1f14663f85fa058ad4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t want a foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium. On the other hand, they all have work abroad. Whether it&rsquo;s Sejima, Toyo Ito, or Maki or Isozaki or Kengo Kuma.&rdquo; Last month Isozaki, 83, wrote an open letter to the Japan Sports Council, the government body in charge of plans for the 2020 Games, in which he attacked the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114576285/rescue-plan-for-a-marooned-miami-stadium Rescue Plan for a Marooned Miami Stadium Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T13:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-30T11:57:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r33hm0la05y7lnw8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a young city predisposed to wrecking and rebuilding, impressive works of architecture can sometimes be discarded as effortlessly as last year&rsquo;s runway accessories. But Miami Marine Stadium, a bold structure on Biscayne Bay that sought to jolt the city into the future back in 1963, may prove a rare, stubborn exception. Abandoned and shuttered more than two decades ago, the Modernist stadium is in the midst of a turbulent, nearly seven-year effort by a nonprofit group [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/5174718/winners-of-the-2011-dawntown-miami-floating-stage-competition" target="_blank">Winners of the 2011 DawnTown Miami Floating Stage Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113982402/yaohua-wang-wins-2014-harvard-gsd-thesis-prize-with-salvaged-stadium Yaohua Wang wins 2014 Harvard GSD thesis prize with “Salvaged Stadium” Justine Testado 2014-11-18T20:58:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T06:55:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8myhs9zjr6ugg82o.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recent Harvard Graduate School of Design graduate Yaohua Wang finished his M.Arch program on a high note by winning the 2014 James Templeton Kelley Prize for Best M.Arch II Thesis for his project, "Salvaged Stadium". Although Wang doesn't win an award every single time for his projects, his intricate ideas have spurred some debate in the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Salvaged Stadium</em> explores the notion of finding architecture's "hidden dimension". In the introduction, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/28312592/yaohua-wang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang</a> writes:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpmivhtv13x0r5zg.jpg"></p><p>"Let&rsquo;s begin with a joke. A man went into a restaurant, and he asked the waitress; 'Can I have a coffee without milk, please.' The waitress answers: 'Sorry we don&rsquo;t have milk today, can I give you a coffee without cream.' For me, this is a very interesting moment. It reveals that what you don&rsquo;t get is also defining what you get, the hidden dimension behind the appearance. How could architecture gain this hidden dimension, beyond the physical form?"</p><p>Learn more about Salvaged Stadium on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/yaohua_wang_wins_2014_harvard_gsd_thesis_prize_with_salvaged_stadium/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>. You can also watch the animated story below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113032564/zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-slammed-as-a-monumental-mistake-and-a-disgrace-to-future-generations Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations' Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:11:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a0eb8645acb10b458bc53efc45c6cc5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was supposed to represent a dynamic future vision for Tokyo, flaring up out of the city&rsquo;s Meiji Jingu park in sinuous white arcs. But Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s design for the 2020 Olympic stadium [...] now facing its fiercest public attack yet. [...] In a lengthy open letter to the Japan Sports Council [...] Isozaki rails against the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form, like a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107638546/the-astrodome-the-world-s-largest-indoor-garden The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden? Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:28:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:38:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad4690957195590633c62f811537f3c.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been a long time since the Houston Oilers or any other team called the Astrodome home, and voters rejected a bond measure to adapt and reuse this domed cathedral last year. But Emmett's not giving it up. Yesterday, he led the press on a tour of the Astrodome to introduce his own plan to restore it: By creating the world's largest indoor park. This isn't the first scheme mounted by preservationists who see a future for the dome.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311571/winners-of-the-reimagine-the-astrodome-ideas-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Reimagine the Astrodome ideas competition</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88517100/can-buildings-be-too-young-to-save" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can buildings be too young to save?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104403021/stadium-sticker-shock-costs-explode-for-russia-s-2018-world-cup Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:36:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bef4c6bd50cf02cdfad0f2316ebcd21.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103705443/protests-pay-off-as-hadid-alters-tokyo-stadium Protests pay off as Hadid alters Tokyo stadium Alexander Walter 2014-07-08T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trfpphs3biyzzs3z.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid Architects has admitted it has made changes to its design for the stadium that will be the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The firm has faced hostility in Japan with critics complaining that the proposed 80,000-seat stadium is too big, too costly and clashes with Tokyo&rsquo;s urban planning. At the weekend, 500 protestors marched around the existing National Stadium to demonstrate over plans to replace it with Hadid&rsquo;s proposal [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94039627/in-atlanta-two-stadiums-collide-with-dreams-of-a-new-downtown In Atlanta, Two Stadiums Collide With Dreams of a New Downtown Alexander Walter 2014-02-21T14:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa181ae9450b500fe92ef825ca19779f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the next few years, two professional sports teams are in a position to radically reshape much of the fringe of Atlanta's downtown core. [...] Neither stadium deal has been the public relations coup that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed surely hoped for. [...] There's an inherent messiness to these dual, competing narratives &ndash; one of downtown reinvestment, the other a triumph of the suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93301506/will-sochi-olympics-architecture-win-gold Will Sochi Olympics Architecture Win Gold? Alexander Walter 2014-02-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/8833db5f3337942372194f45fe23175c.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] I saw a Populous stadium in Hong Kong I liked once with these two big arches. And it opened from end zone to end zone. And so we started to go off of that particular path, opened up the ends of the building so that you could see the sea and the mountains. [...] And it developed then into what you now see as the stadium that is right there for the games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more Sochi-related news posts, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/242922/sochi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93082062/olympics-deja-vu-sochi-s-fisht-stadium-vs-at-t-stadium Olympics deja vu: Sochi’s Fisht Stadium vs. AT&T Stadium Archinect 2014-02-07T17:15:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:17:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05154d7e7b4d0b9a4135ea23d27db091.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fisht reproduces Cowboys signature pair of arched trusses, and shares its bulbous, hump-back shape &mdash; albeit with a wave-like articulated roof of polycarbonate. What it appears not to share, at least from the images available online, is the sensitive way Cowboys Stadium hits the ground, slanting in to minimize its bulk. Fisht is a lot more ham-fisted, flaring out and surrounded by all manner of circulatory junk.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4e0fc8482874f6dc80e3153f6bbf172.jpg"><br><em>Cowboys Stadium</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92473410/populous-fisht-olympic-stadium-for-sochi-winter-games Populous’ Fisht Olympic Stadium for Sochi Winter Games Justine Testado 2014-01-30T19:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/us/usji7og995bwl2p2.jpg" width="514" height="244" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Olympic stadiums are nothing new for Populous, the global practice known for designing some of the world's iconic sports venues. With the Sochi Winter Olympics a few days away, we'll give a little headstart with a glimpse into Fisht Olympic Stadium -- which Populous was selected to design in 2009 -- before it makes its debut at the Opening Ceremony.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/yd194on8v8si5z57.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fmj6kvmu3egq9dw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/219a429dgwvwsk51.jpg"><br><br>For more details, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/populous_fisht_olympic_stadium_for_sochi_winter_games/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>