Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (12)

In 2020 2021, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.


Trailer: Tokyo Ride (film by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine)


A day with Ryūe Nishizawa and his Giulia.
After the multi awarded « Moriyama San », « Tokyo Ride » is a new step of Bêka & Lemoine’s immersion within Tokyo’s busy daily life. Revisiting the genre of the road movie in a very diaristic and personal way, the film takes us on board of Ryue Nishizawa’s vintage Alfa Romeo (Giulia) for a day long wandering in the streets of Tokyo.
More than a portrait, in the classical sense, of one of the most talented and celebrated Japanese architect of today, the film renders in its pure spontaneity the experience of this friendly urban drift.
Ryue Nishizawa narrates along the way his strong relationship with his home town through some sites he personally affectionates, buildings that have influenced him, and some of his own architecture projects.
The film questions how rooted architecture practice is and how much the built and cultural environment feeds and shapes our imagination.

*** Artistic Vision Award, Dept of Field Best Prize – DOCAVIV Film Festival, 2020 ***

Black and white, 90 min.

IOC; Headlines IOC EB Meeting October 2020

IOC Executive Board Meeting
7 October
Remote meeting

IOC Executive Board addresses situation of International Weightlifting Federation
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received an update on the situation of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

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IOC Executive Board and Tokyo 2020 discuss USD 280 million in savings from measures developed to deliver Games fit for post-corona world
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today discussed the estimated USD 280 million (JPY 30 billion) in cost savings that will be achieved by initial simplification and optimisation measures developed to deliver Games fit for a post-corona world.

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IOC Session in Athens to take place from 10 to 12 March 2021
After the approval in July of the organisation of two IOC Sessions in 2021, the IOC Executive Board met virtually today and determined that the 137th IOC Session will be held from 10 to 12 March next year in Athens.

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IOC strengthens investigation into possible political interference in Belarus
During its virtual meeting today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) decided to strengthen its investigation into the compliance of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Republic of Belarus with the Olympic Charter.

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Paris 2024; Design Aquatics Centre

Images, drawings and text via VenhoevenCS


Aerial view from Stade de France. Design: VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ Image: Proloog





Name project Aquatics Centre Paris 2024
Location 361 avenue du Président Wilson, 93200 Saint-Denis, Paris
Program For the Olympic Games Paris 2024: Olympic pool hosting the diving, water polo and synchronized swimming competitions.

For the Paralympic Games 2024: Boccia stadium

For the Paralympic Games 2024: Boccia stadium

Client Métropole du Grand Paris
Main contractor Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France
Operations Récréa
Maintenance Dalkia
Architects VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism , Amsterdam

Ateliers 2/3/4/, Paris

Project partners Cécilia Gross and Laure Mériaud
Project managers Yves de Pommereau, Tjeerd Hellinga, Julie Fuchs
Landscape architect Ateliers 2/3/4/
Project managers Arnaud Talon and Clément Arnaud
Structural engineer SBP Schlaich Bergermann partner
Water treatment Katène
Acoustic consultant Peutz
Sustainability consultant Indiggo
Economist Mazet & Associés
Security consultant CSD & Associés
Floor area approx. 20.000 m2
Building Costs 126M €
Completion April 2024 for the Olympic committee
Open to the general public Summer 2025


Image galery




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Sydney 2000; Video: 20 years of Olympic Legacy

Sydney 2000: 20 years of Olympic Legacy

IOC Media on YouTube
Twenty years ago, Catherine Freeman, a proud Indigenous Australian athlete, lit the Olympic Cauldron marking the Opening Ceremony of Sydney 2000 – a Games that celebrated not only sports achievement but also unity, forgiveness, resilience and innovation.

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IOC; Headlines IOC EB Meeting September 2020

IOC Executive Board Meeting
9 September
Remote meeting

Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 update IOC Executive Board as important period approaches
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board (EB) today received updates from the Coordination Commission Chairs for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, respectively.

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IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and wellbeing, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the establishment of the “International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate”. The course leading to certification is set to commence in September 2021. This is a first of its kind because there is currently no certificate or minimum standard of education or training for safeguarding officers in sport on an international level.

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IOC Executive Board approves two changes of nationality
During its meeting today, held remotely via videoconference from Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board (EB) accepted two applications for change of nationality.

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LA2028; New Emblem Unveiled


Press release LA 2028


The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games will celebrate the Los Angeles community. Inspired by a city where everyone is different and everyone belongs, the LA28 emblem illustrates the strength of LA’s diversity and defies a singular identity.

Built for the digital age, the animated emblem is designed to evolve over time, reflecting the city’s spirit of limitless possibility.

“LA defies a singular identity. There is not one way to represent Los Angeles,” said LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman. “Every neighborhood, every block, every person has their own unique identity and story of LA. The LA28 Games will showcase our community’s collective creativity and celebrate the diversity that makes us strong.”

Anchored with a bold and static L, 2 and 8, the LA28 emblem allows for an exceptional spectrum of stories with an interchanging dynamic ‘A’.

“Los Angeles is an infinite canvas that represents millions of people and hundreds of languages,” said LA28 Chief Marketing Officer Amy Gleeson.“No one mark could ever express all that Los Angeles and the Games represent. The best way to showcase the LA28 Games is by asking the community to share in the creation.”

Designed to be a platform for creativity, self-expression and inclusion, the LA28 emblem represents a collection of voices, rather than a singular monument or landmark.

To celebrate the launch of the emblem, more than 20 individuals brought their personal stories to life through an artistic ‘A’ in the LA28 emblem. Over the next eight years, LA28 will be a story written with the community.

“The opportunity to co-create is limitless,” said Casey Wasserman.