Tokyo 2020; Shortlisted mascot designs unveiled

Image: © The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Today, three mascot designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled. From December 11 to February 22, school childeren will vote from the shortlist. The winner will be announced in February 2018.

You can read the press release by TOCOG here.
More info: Tokyo 2020 Mascot competition website.

 

Video selection process

The selection process to the final three shortlisted entries. (Video by Tokyo2020 on YouTube)

 

Video design candidates movie

From a total of 2,042 applications, 3 Mascot Design candidates have been chosen. Elementary school students across Japan will select the winning Tokyo 2020 Mascot! If you were an elementary school student, who would you select? (Video by Tokyo2020 on YouTube)

Tokyo 2020; International Olympic Committee Executive Board approves venues for skateboarding, sport climbing, basketball 3×3 and BMX freestyle

Press release by Tokyo 2020:

IOC Executive Board Approves Tokyo 2020 Urban Sport Venues
6 December 2017

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today confirmed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved the venues for skateboarding and sport climbing, as well as for the two newly-added disciplines, basketball 3×3 and BMX freestyle. With these additions to the sports programme for Tokyo 2020, which will be staged in an urban setting, it is hoped the Tokyo 2020 Games will inspire new generations and become a blueprint for future Olympic Games.

The Aomi Urban Sports Venue will host basketball 3×3 and sport climbing. This temporary venue will be set up in the Tokyo Bay Zone, conveniently located close to the Olympic Village.

The Olympic BMX Course will now host BMX freestyle and skateboarding in addition to BMX racing. Also located in the Tokyo Bay Zone, the venue will be constructed in the northern part of Tokyo’s Ariake district, an iconic waterfront area of the Japanese capital.

The proximity of the two venues to each other will help create a youth-focused urban atmosphere in the area, increasing the opportunity for engagement with fans and delivering a unique Tokyo 2020 experience.

Together, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will utilise a total of 40 venues, including 8 new permanent venues, 24 existing sites and 8 temporary venues, with 39 of these venues utilised for the Olympic Games, while 20 of them will be used for the Paralympic Games. With 60 per cent of the venues utilising existing infrastructure, Tokyo 2020 has embraced one of the Olympic Agenda 2020’s key aims ? creating a sustainable legacy for future generations.

Tokyo 2020; Exhibition: The Passions: Our Passions will Shape the Future

 

Worldwide Olympic Partner Panasonic hosts Tokyo 2020 Special Exhibition “The Passions”
In preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Panasonic Centre Tokyo (PC Tokyo) has designed a special exhibition called “The Passions: Our Passions will Shape the Future,” as part of the Tokyo 2020 official programme. The exhibition, which is running until 9 December 2017, introduces the work of designers and creators involved in the Games, primarily focusing on the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, from Tokyo 1964 to Tokyo 2020.

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Location: Panasonic Centre Tokyo
Dates: Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Saturday, December 9 (Closed on Mondays)
Opening times: 10:00-18:00 (Final entry: 17:45)

Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (5)

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.

Japanese Architects: Arata Isozaki

Arata Isozaki — TIME SPACE EXISTENCE from PLANE—SITE on Vimeo.

PLANE—SITE met with Japanese architect Arata Isozaki in his studio to have a conversation and explore the topics of time, space, and existence in architecture. Isozaki discusses his philosophy on architecture as it relates to space, as well as his intention to never fall into one specific style of design, but create different and unique styles for each distinct environment.

Curated and produced by PLANE—SITE, this video series features interviews with prominent architects reflecting on the topics of TIME SPACE EXISTENCE. These three concepts sketch out the contours of the world around us — a fact especially true within architecture. Taking these words as its starting point, the GAA Foundation is set to curate its fourth collateral exhibition in the context of La Biennale di Venezia Architettura, entitled Time-Space-Existence and opening in May 2018. Featuring over 100 established and emerging architects, and unapologetically international in breadth, the exhibition provides a fascinating complement to a biennial traditionally drawn along national lines.

This interview series has been made possible with the support of the European Cultural Centre.
Videographer: Michael Waldrep.

For more on this series: plane-site.com/projects/time-space-existence/
PLANE—SITE: plane-site.com/
Arata Isozaki & Associates: isozaki.co.jp/

Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (4)

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.

Time-lapse: Tokyo’s Urban Growth

The expansion of built up urban land in Tokyo, 1807 – 2000. Prepared for the NYU Stern Urbanization Project using data compiled by Shlomo Angel, Jason Parent, Daniel Civco, and Alejandro Blei for The Atlas of Urban Expansion, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Visualizations prepared by IMAGINARIA3D in Quito, Ecuador (imaginaria3d.com).
 
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Tokyo 2020; Mock-ups New National Stadium

Via Tokyo 2020 on Facebook:

Construction of the new National Stadium, which will serve as the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is currently underway. A scale model and mock-ups of various parts of the stadium have been unveiled to the media: these showcase many of its charming features, such as eaves that allow breezes to pass through and seats designed around the concept of sunlight filtering through a forest. This new stadium will provide athletes with a tremendous stage on which to compete in 2020!

 

You can see the photos of the scale model and mock-ups here.