Tokyo 2020; Organising Committee Formally Established

Tokyo 2020 OG

Photo: TOKYO 2020 / Shugo Takemi

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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Rome 1960; Eventers protest over closure of former Olympic venue

Italian eventer Margaret Carafa has started a petition in a bid to stop the closure of Centro Equestre Federale Pratoni del Vivaro near Rome.

More than 300 riders gathered to protest about the closure of Pratoni that has been venue for major international horse trails for over 50 years.

Pratoni was built to hold the 1960 Olympics and went on to hold the 1998 World Equestrian Games, the European Championships in 1995 and 2007. It has run many international events.

Source: Everything Horse UK

Open Lecture – Jonathan Watts; The London 2012 Olympic Velodrome – Doing More With Less


Jonathan Watts of Hopkins Architects will discuss the design and delivery of the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, one of four permanent venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Velodrome provided a landmark venue for the indoor track cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jonathan studied architecture at the University of Bath and the Technical University of Munich with a particular focus on sustainable building design. He completed his education at the University of Greenwich, London, where he was recipient of the Bennetts Prize for Best Part 3 Student. Since 2008, Jonathan has worked on a number of projects with Hopkins Architects, including the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome and legacy transformation of the VeloPark & North Parklands. This has won numerous awards such as the RIBA Award for Architecture 2011, the AJ 100 ‘Building of the Year’, the BCIA Prime Minister’s Better Public Building & the Stirling Prize ‘People’s Choice’. Jonathan has lectured at numerous UK Schools of Architecture, including Cambridge, Bath and UCL, and abroad for the Foreign Office, as part of ECOWEEK’s seminar series. He is currently fully engaged as the Project Architect for an exciting new Science Centre for Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.

  • Open Lecture Series 2013/2014
  • Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055
  • Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus
  • Wednesday 22nd January; 6PM

More info: University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape

Open Lecture – Phil Askew; The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Design & Delivery



The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the largest new urban park built in this country for over a century. As the centrepiece for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it became one of the stars of the event and demonstrated a new approach to urban parks. Following the Games, it is now being transformed into a new public park for London and will become the centrepiece for a large scale and ambitious regeneration of East London. The lecture will describe the design drivers and delivery process, setting out why this is important for Landscape Architecture.

Dr Philip Askew is a Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Horticulturalist. Since 2008 he has worked on the Olympic Park, originally at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) leading the delivery of the 2012 Olympic Park and now at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) leading the Transformation of the Olympic Park into the largest new urban park in the UK for over a century.

  • Open Lecture Series 2013/2014
  • Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055
  • Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus
  • Wednesday 22nd January; 7PM

More info: University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape