New: Architecture of the Games Magazine #1 – January 2018

Today, Architecture of the Games announces the release of the first edition of ‘Architecture of the Games Magazine’. This bilingual magazine is available to read for free via electronic publishing platform Issuu. ‘Architecture of the Games Magazine’ is a non-commercial, educational project and all contributors have offered their work on a voluntary basis.

In ‘Architecture of the Games Magazine’ we take a look at the Olympic Games from the perspective of the designer. We will be paying special attention to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Other topics include Rio 2016, the new Candidature Process for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and the Olympic Legacy of Barcelona 1992 and London 2012. In the last section you will find a report of our visit to ‘Olympic Capital’ Lausanne.



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Tokyo 2020; Kengo Kuma, “From Concrete to Wood: Why Wood Matters”

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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.

London 2012; Mayor of London’s independent review of London Stadium released

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Yesterday, the Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) published an independent review into the finances of the London Stadium. The review was commissioned in March 2017.

The London Stadium was built for the 2012 Olympic Games and has been converted into a multi-purpose stadium in recent years. The stadium is home to West Ham United FC and UK Athletics, but it also hosts other major sporting events and concerts.


Press release Mayor of London

London Stadium: Mayor publishes critical independent review
​​The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today published an independent review into the true scale of the mismanagement of the London Stadium by the former Mayor, revealing a catalogue of errors that led to transformation costs soaring and a bungled decision that has left the taxpayer to foot an annual loss of around £20 million.

Sadiq has also announced he is now taking over control of the London Stadium to put it on a more secure financial footing and – through the London Legacy Development Corporation – is putting together a plan to ensure its long-term future as a world-class multi-purpose venue and to continue providing community benefits.

The review by forensic accountants Moore Stephens, commissioned by Sadiq in March this year, reveals for the first time how decisions made by Boris Johnson led to the taxpayer shouldering the cost and financial risk – rather than West Ham United – for the transformation of the London Stadium following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It shows the decisions to transform the stadium and to accept the terms of West Ham’s second bid as anchor tenants were made based on incorrect financial estimates and a failure to fully understand or investigate the commercial risks to the taxpayer.


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Press release Newham Council

Newham Council agrees future ownership and legacy benefits of London Stadium

​​Newham Council has today agreed a deal to help secure a sustainable future for the London Stadium and deliver the Olympic and Paralympic legacy promises made to its residents.​

The deal will see Newham retire from the ownership of the London Stadium in return for community and regeneration benefits for all Newham residents over the next 100 years.

The council’s long term vision of the London Stadium as a world-class, vibrant and multi-purpose stadium, has been achieved. The stadium anchors Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), which continues to draw investment and regeneration to Newham and wider East London.


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Statement by West Ham United FC

Following the release of the Mayor of London’s independent review of London Stadium today, West Ham United have issued the following statement:

“As the report confirms, the Concession Agreement is a watertight, legally binding contract signed in 2013 in good faith by West Ham United, who remain absolutely committed to its terms for the entire 99-year duration.

“We have delivered everything we committed to within the Concession Agreement, and act as the primary vehicle for London Stadium’s legacy, delivering its most watched sporting spectacles, revenue driving events and thousands of jobs for local people.

“It is not in West Ham United’s interests for the Stadium to not be performing in line with aspiration and, as we have done ever since moving to Stratford in the summer of 2016, we continue to offer the benefit of our commercial expertise and substantial experience in managing successful stadia.

“West Ham United will continue to devote our absolute commitment to London Stadium, but our first priority in this sense is always to act in the best interests of our supporters.

“We fully concur that West Ham United has played a significant part in the most successful regeneration programme in the history of the modern Olympics, however the stadium itself craves renewed leadership and direction and we welcome the Mayor’s decision to step in and deliver this. West Ham United is firmly behind him.”



Lausanne: Olympic Capital; Part 10 – Architecture Guide



  1. Rolex Learning Center
  2. Under One Roof
  3. New Mechanics Hall
  4. SwissTech Convention Centre
  5. Hostel Lausanne Jeunotel
  6. Pavilion National Exhibition 1964 in Lausanne
  7. Tree Sculpture
  8. Opéra de Lausanne
  9. The Olympic Museum
  10. La Source
  11. Library La Sallaz
  12. La Sallaz Footbridge
  13. Place de la Sallaz
  14. Tour de Sauvabelin
  15. Flon Area
  16. Synathlon
  17. Bibliothèque Edouard Fleuret
  18. Tour Bel-Air
  19. Agora, Département d’oncologie
  20. Office Régional de Placement


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Barcelona 1992; Barcelona Architecture Walks

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)


Part 10 – Barcelona Architecture Walks

You can learn more about urbanism and architecture in Barcelona through these walks;



“Discover the city through the eyes of an architect. Welcome to the Barcelona Architecture Walks, a series of urban walking tours led by architects, inviting you to discover our city through the buildings and lessons of its Masters.”

Source: Barcelona Architecture Walks on YouTube



  • BARCELONA & URBANISM: The origins of Modern Barcelona
  • BARCELONA & THE SEA: Discover Barcelona through its Architecture
  • BARCELONA & GAUDI: A great start to discover the genius of Gaudi
  • BARCELONA & THE MARKET: See Barcelona through the eyes of Enric Miralles
  • BARCELONA & THE FUTURE: Walk through the smart city looking for our future!



Barcelona 1992; Logo and website for the 25th anniversary of the Games

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)


Part 9 – Logo and website for the 25th anniversary of the Games


Logo Olympic Games



Logo Paralympic Games



Interesting article about the Olympic Art Competitions

Olympic Architects: Forgotten Gold Medals Awarded for the Arts – 99% Invisible

The Dutch architect who designed a brick-clad Olympic stadium for the 1928 Games in Amsterdam won an unlikely award: an Olympic gold medal. Alongside athletes competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in gymnastics, diving, and wrestling, Di Stijl designer Jan Wils was awarded first place in the category of architecture.

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