Tokyo 2020; Resculpting the face of Tokyo ahead of 2020 Games

A very interesting article about the urban redevelopment in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics:

With less than six years remaining until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will start July 24 that year, both the public and private sectors have launched urban redevelopment projects in the capital.

 

Read full article: The Japan News – Resculpting the face of Tokyo ahead of 2020 Games

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.

Source / Read more: TOKYO2020

 

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.

Source / Read more: NBC Sports

Tokyo 2020; Petition to reconsider Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic Stadium

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Though it seemed a compromise was met last October, when Japan’s minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura announced plans to reduce the cost and scale of the Zaha Hadid-designed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the debate rages on.

Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched an online petition to “defend the ginko tree-lined landscape of blue sky and Jingu Outer Gardens” from the construction of Hadid’s “oversized” stadium.

Read full article (Archdaily)

 

View the petition on Change.org

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Tokyo 2022; Coordination Commission Executive completes first official visit to Tokyo

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The Executive of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today wrapped up its first official visit to the Japanese capital since the Commission was created in October 2013.

Led by Commission Chair John Coates, the IOC delegation also included Vice-Chair Alex Gilady, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, and Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi. The group participated in the first IOC Project Review of the Games preparations from 2 to 4 April, when they were updated on progress made since Tokyo’s strong bid saw it elected as the 2020 host city. The executives met with Minister Shimomura of the National Government, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe, and were introduced to members of the new Tokyo 2020 Executive Board, which represents the culture and diversity of Japan. The Commission was particularly pleased to see that a number of athletes and women are on the Board. The delegation also visited a number of the future Olympic venues.

Read more: olympic.org

Tokyo 2020; Organising Committee Formally Established

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Less than five months after its election as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has been formally established. The Committee will be responsible for ensuring the successful organisation of the Games, and its establishment marks another major step on Tokyo’s Olympic journey. As well as the creation of the Committee, it was also announced that former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, had been appointed as President and Toshiro Muto as Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo 2020.

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