Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the venues for Road Cycling and Race Walk. (press release)
Start Cycling Road Race: Musashinonomori Park
Finish Cycling Road Race: Fuji International Speedway
Start + Finish Road Cycling Individual Time Trial: Fuji International Speedway
Start + Finish 20km and 50km Race Walk: Imperial Palace Gardens
In 2020, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next three years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.
Lecture: What Was Metabolism? Reflections on the Life of Kiyonori Kikutake – Toyo Ito
Press release by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC):
A full list of the events can be found at http://bit.ly/2niMU3h.
The Tokyo 2020 Para athletics programme catering for 1,100 athletes will feature 168 medal events – nine less than Rio 2016 – and will be made up of 93 events for men and 74 for women. For the first time at a Paralympics, athletics will include a mixed gender, mixed class 4x100m relay. Made up of two men and two women, the relay team must include one athlete from the T11-13 vision impairment classes, one from either the T33-34 or T51-54 wheelchair racing classes, one from the T35-38 co-ordination impairment classes, and an athlete with a limb impairment from the T42-47 or T61-64 classes.
The athletics programme offers seven per cent more athlete slots for female athletes compared to Rio 2016.
In swimming there will be 146 medal events at Tokyo 2020 – six less than Rio 2016. These will be comprised of 76 for men, 67 for women and three mixed gender relays. Two of the mixed gender relays are new additions to the programme and are a 4x100m freestyle relays for athletes with a vision impairment and a 4x100m freestyle relay for athletes with an intellectual impairment. There will be a maximum of 620 athlete slots available for the sport and the programme includes two additional medal events for athletes with high support needs compared to Rio 2016.
Other highlights on the programme include the addition of two individual events in the S14 class for athletes with an intellectual impairment, with both the men’s and women’s 100m butterfly S14 included for the first time. The swimming event programme will have a balance stroke programme with no more than six events per class.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “Following the decisions on athletics, swimming and triathlon, the medals event programme for Tokyo 2020 is almost finalised, with just the eight triathlon medal events to be decided.
“For both athletics and swimming, we have created programmes that ensure a good cross section of events for athletes in all classes. By reducing the number of events in both sports from Rio 2016, we also aim to increase the depth of talent in each field and ensure greater long-term event viability. The addition of mixed gender relays will also enable more countries to participate.”
ONE TEAM PROJECT Asao Tokolo and Fuyuko Matsui 「Tokyo 2020 Emblems connect Tradition and Innovation」
*Please access English subtitles through the Closed Captioning (CC) button on the bottom right of the screen
The use of ‘Japan Blue’ pigment (Lapis Lazuli) is deeply intertwined with a number of traditional Japanese art forms, and you’ll find it appearing in various Tokyo 2020 designs and graphics. In this instalment of the One Team Project – an initiative where creators and innovators representing Japan share their visions of Tokyo 2020 with us – Tokyo 2020 emblem designer Asao Tokolo and world-renowned artist Fuyuko Matsui discuss the subtle beauty of Japan Blue, what it symbolises, and how they have integrated it into their creative work.
Last week, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee published version two of the Games budget;
Press release by Tokyo 2020:
20 December 2017
Tokyo 2020 launched today a competition whereby Japanese nationals and residents of Japan over 18 years old can submit design proposals for the medals that will be awarded at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The competition is aimed at those with design experience—young and old, design students and professionals. As a first step, applicants will be requested to submit their personal profiles and examples of previous design work for evaluation by 19 January 2018.
– have previously created 3D art work in their academic or professional careers
– be 18 years or above on 1 April 2017
– be residing in Japan during the selection period (between January and August 2018)
– be able to communicate in Japanese – it will be necessary to liaise with the production company at various stages during the mock-up production process
Competition guidelines are available for download from the Tokyo 2020 website (available in Japanese only). https://tokyo2020.jp/jp/games/medals/competition/
Those judged to meet the necessary criteria will be invited to submit designs for the Olympic medal (rear side) and for the Paralympic medal design (front and rear sides). Designers must submit their proposals for all three designs as a set.
A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel (TBC) comprising members of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, former athletes and professional designers will review all entries and select a shortlist of designs by April 2018. The designers of these and a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of the shortlisted designs, with the winning design set being selected in August 2018. The new medals will be unveiled in 2019.
The Olympic and Paralympic medals are something very special for all athletes. London 2012 Olympics boxing gold medallist and current WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata commented, “The medals need to last for ever. A simple design that you never tire of is better. The Tokyo 1964 and Nagano 1998 medals were impressive in that they had a Japanese feel to them.”
Earlier this year Tokyo 2020 commenced the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals – the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.
Collection update (April – October 2017)
– approximately 1,874 tons of discarded devices collected by municipal authorities across Japan
– approximately 1.78 million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores across Japan
Video by Harvard GSD on YouTube:
The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. Kengo Kuma, taking as a point of departure his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, will examine humans’ relationship with nature, questioning the perceived strength of steel and concrete and proposing the reintroduction of wood in design as a fair and practical mediator between humans and nature.
Born in Tokyo, Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979 and spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. Among his many works, recent projects include the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), which won the 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize; the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012), Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012), and Ginza Kabukiza (2013). Two of his buildings outside Japan are the Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music (both 2013). The firm currently has some one hundred projects ongoing in Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, and elsewhere in Asia. One of the most high-profile of these is the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Since 2009, Kuma has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. He has also written more than a dozen books—including Anti-Object (2013)—which have been published not only in Japanese but frequently in English, Chinese, and Korean, earning him a readership in many parts of the world. Kuma is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and, as of 2009, an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.
|Venue||Zone||Olympic Games||Paralympic Games||Capacity|
|Olympic Stadium||Heritage Zone||Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football||Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics||68000|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Heritage Zone||Table Tennis||Table Tennis||7000 (6000 Paralympics)|
|Yoyogi National Stadium||Heritage Zone||Handball||Badminton, Wheelchair Rugby||10200|
|Nippon Budokan||Heritage Zone||Judo, Karate||Judo||11000|
|Tokyo International Forum||Heritage Zone||Weightlifting||Powerlifting||5000|
|Kokugikan Arena||Heritage Zone||Boxing||-||TBA|
|Equestrian Park||Heritage Zone||Equestrian (dressage, jumping, eventing)||Equestrian||9300|
|Musashino Forest Sport Plaza||Heritage Zone||Badminton, Modern Pentathlon (fencing)||Wheelchair Basketball||7200|
|Tokyo Stadium||Heritage Zone||Football, Modern Pentathlon (swimming, fencing, riding, laser-run), Rugby||-||48000|
|Musashinonomori Park||Heritage Zone||Cycling (road - start)||-||TBA|
|Ariake Arena||Tokyo Bay Zone||Volleyball (indoor)||Wheelchair Basketball||15000|
|Ariake Gymnastics Centre||Tokyo Bay Zone||Gymnastics||Boccia||12000|
|Ariake Urban Sports Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Cycling (BMX freestyle, BMX racing), Skateboarding||-||5000 / 6600 / 7000|
|Ariake Tennis Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Tennis||Wheelchair Tennis||19900 (19400 Paralympics)|
|Odaiba Marine Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Aquatics (marathon swimming), Triathlon||Triathlon||5500|
|Shiokaze Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Beach volleyball||-||12000|
|Aomi Urban Sports Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Basketball (3x3), Sport Climbing||Football 5-a-side||7100 / 8400 (4300 Paralympics)|
|Oi Hockey Stadium||Tokyo Bay Zone||Hockey||-||15000|
|Sea Forest Cross-Country Course||Tokyo Bay Zone||Equestrian (eventing, cross-country)||-||16000|
|Sea Forest Waterway||Tokyo Bay Zone||Canoe-Kayak (sprint), Rowing||Canoe, Rowing||12800 / 16000 (12800 Paralympics)|
|Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre||Tokyo Bay Zone||Canoe-Kayak (slalom)||-||7500|
|Yumenoshima Park Archery Field||Tokyo Bay Zone||Archery||Archery||5600|
|Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Tokyo Bay Zone||Aquatics (swimming, diving, artistic swimming)||Swimming||15000|
|Tatsumi Water Polo Centre||Tokyo Bay Zone||Aquatics (water polo)||-||4700|
|Makuhari Messe Hall A||Tokyo Bay Zone||Taekwondo, Wrestling||Sitting Volleyball||10000|
|Makuhari Messe Hall B||Tokyo Bay Zone||Fencing||Taekwondo, Wheelchair Fencing||8000 (7000 Paralympics)|
|Makuhari Messe Hall C||Tokyo Bay Zone||-||Goalball||5500|
|Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach||-||Surfing||-||6000|
|Saitama Super Arena||-||Basketball||-||21000|
|Asaka Shooting Range||-||Shooting||Shooting||3800 / 3000|
|Kasumigaseki Country Club||-||Golf||-||25000|
|Enoshima Yacht Harbour||-||Sailing||-||3600|
|Izu Velodrome||-||Cycling (track)||Cycling (track)||3600|
|Izu MTB Course||-||Cycling (mountain bike)||-||11500|
|Fuji International Speed Way||-||Cycling (road - finish, individual time trial)||Cycling (road)||22000|
|Fukusihima Azuma Baseball Stadium||-||Baseball/Softball||-||14300|
|Yokohama Baseball Stadium||-||Baseball/Softball||-||35000|
|Sapporo Odori Park||-||Athletics (marathon, race walk)||-||TBD|
|Ibaraki Kashima Stadium||-||Football||-||40000|
|International Stadium Yokohama||-||Football||-||72000|
|Olympic / Paralympic Village||Tokyo Bay Zone||-||-||-|
|IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)||Tokyo Bay Zone||-||-||-|