Rio 2016; Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) begins operations


Transcarioca, BRT connecting Rio’s international airport to Barra da Tijuca, begins operations

The expressway has 47 bus stations along its 39-km route leading to the heart of the Games

One of the urban transit projects most eagerly anticipated by Rio residents, the Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, is now ready. The expressway, which connects Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport to Barra da Tijuca, the main Games competition zone, started operating today (Monday, 2 June). It is estimated that around 320,000 people will travel along the express corridor daily, reducing bus journey times between Ilha do Governador, where the airport is located, and Barra da Tijuca by 60%.


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Tokyo 2020; smaller design released for new national stadium





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The Japan Sport Council has released a basic design proposal for the new National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, which will serve as the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The total floor area is about 211,000 square meters, reflecting a reduction of more than 20 percent from the initial design proposal in 2012. The new proposal, released Wednesday, also gives consideration to the protection of the surrounding environment and landscape.

Under the initial proposal, construction was set to cost as much as about ¥300 billion, more than double the original estimate. The project was met with growing criticism for being too large, so parts of the stadium, including aisles, were scaled down and the cost was reduced to about ¥162.5 billion. The new stadium is scheduled to be completed in March 2019.


Source: Japan Sport (PDF)

Tokyo 1964; Goodbye to the National Stadium

31 May. 2014 – TOKYO 2020 Says “Sayonara” to the National Stadium, Looks Forward to the New Olympic Stadium

TOKYO 2020 joined by members of Japan’s sporting community and around 40,000 sport fans to say “Sayonara” to the National Stadium during a farewell ceremony to commemorate this focal point of Japanese sport on the day of its official closure for reconstruction.

TOKYO 2020 President Yoshiro Mori was among those paying their last respects to the stadium. He said: “Over the past half-century, the National Stadium has truly been a sanctum of Japanese sport. It has hosted numerous unforgettable matches and competitions, and has a special place in the hearts of people all over Japan. I have been actively involved in sport for many, many years, and as the curtain closes on this historic venue, I find myself recalling several of the memorable sporting occasions that have graced the stadium.

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The 1964 Olympic Stadium held its final sporting event Sunday before it’s to be demolished in July, making way for a larger stadium for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

Japan beat Hong Kong 49-8 to qualify for its eighth straight Rugby World Cup in the final event in Tokyo’s 54,000-seat stadium that opened in 1958.

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London 2012; Video: The Olympic Park, a Landscape Legacy

The 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, London is a sustainable and contemporary urban park of international significance. This short film consists of interviews with some of the key players of the design and build of the Park, capturing the role landscape architecture had to play in it’s delivery.

This film was commissioned by the Landscape Institute; an Olympic Learning Legacy Partner. To find out more visit…

Produced by Room60.

Pictures courtesy of:
ODA / LLDC / Neil Mattinson / LDA Design / Nigel Dunnett / James Hitchmough / University of Sheffield/ Sarah Price / Sarah Price Landscapes / Tim O’Hare / Tim O’Hare Associates / Tom Armour / Arup / John Hopkins / Peter Neal / Phil Askew / Alex Massey / LUC & under Creative Commons Licence from flickr users Department for Culture, Media and Sport / Daniel Coomber / Duncan Rawlinson / Pond Spider / Smoke Ghost

2022 Bid; Krakow citizens reject 2022 Winter Olympic bid

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(Reuters) – Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have said they are pulling out of the race to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after a majority of the city’s residents voted against the bid in a referendum over the weekend.

The proposed bid, which included plans to hold some events in neighbouring Slovakia, was rejected by more than two thirds of those who voted on Sunday, leaving bid officials with little option other than to throw in the towel.

With Krakow out of the race, Ukraine’s Lviv, China’s Beijing, Norway’s Oslo and Kazakhstan’s Almaty are the last remaining cities in contention for the hosting rights.

“Today we are starting talks with the Olympics Committee on how we can withdraw from the Winter Olympics 2022 project. I think it is bad news, but this was the citizens’ will,” Krakow mayor Jacek Majchrowski told a news conference on Monday.


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Rio 2016; Planting of grass begins on Olympic Golf Course

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Planting of grass begins on the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course. The process, considered to be the final stage in building a golf course, began on the first of the 18 holes.

The Olympic Golf Course in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, is taking shape. On Tuesday 20 May the process of planting grass began on the first of the 18 holes, hole number 8. Grassing is considered to be the final stage in building a golf course, with a predicted timeline for grass growth of 11 months.

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Rio 2016; The return of Golf

Rio 2016; construction status of the competition venues

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Thirty-eight per cent of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition venues ready

Of the 29 permanent venues that will be used, 11 are already operational and do not need to be renovated for the Games.

With more than two years to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, 38 per cent of the competition venues are ready for the event. Of the 29 permanent venues, 11 are operational, while eight require some renovation work and the other 10 will form part of the sporting legacy that is being constructed in the city. Eight temporary venues will also be used to host competitions.


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