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Saint-Émilion, Francia: Tadao Ando: New Stadium Tokio 2020

The Japan Sport Council (JSC) that owns the iconic Kasumigaoka National Stadium, home to the Tokyo '64 Games, has launched an international design contest for its renovation. the stadium is a feature in the Tokyo 2020 bid and will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. in keeping the legacy, the Jsc opted to remodel the facility as opposed to building a new one from scratch for historic reasons as well as environmental ones. the facelift will restore the Kasumigaoka National Stadium to its place as one of the world’s most technically advanced stadia and will expand the crowd capacity to 80,000. the prize for the winner will be 20 million Yen (approximately Us$ 255k) and participants will be judged by the Kasumigaoka National Stadium International Design Contest's Panel. It will include including world-renowned architect Tadao Ando and the international panelists are Richard Rogers, the artist behind the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and Norman Foster, the designer of the new Wembley Stadium in London.

The winner of the design contest will be decided in late November of this year. STORY: Jun 23, 2011 - the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said Tokyo would be a "very strong" candidate to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Japanese media report said on Saturday."Tokyo was having a good bid last time," Ioc president Jacques Rogge was quoted as saying in Lausanne on Friday. "It did not win but the bid was very strong, so we considered that should there be (another Tokyo bid), we believed it was going to be a very strong bid." Set 3, 2009 - Edward Lifson interviews the masterplanner of the 2016 Tokyo Olympic bid. [The Architect's Newspaper]

So if Tokyo gets the games you won't design a signature stadium. Is that out of ‚Äúmodesty and lack of ego?‚Äù [Ando laughs] I don't know! Here's what I want to do: Right now Japan is kind of closed toward the world. I want to open Japan, and create a symbol of the openness. to create a country full of more possibilities for younger Japanese people, and to show young architects and young people worldwide that they can work and live and invest in Japan. So having a competition for the new stadium would be symbolic. What if it's won by a Japanese architect? It might be! It'll be an open competition. 2009 - in its bid for the 2016 Summer Games, the land of the rising sun unveils an ambitious plan to actualize history’s first Green Olympics. Designed by the famed Tadao Ando, the proposed Olympics stadium is an attempt to recreate Nature’s harmony. Tokyo's stadium, designed by Tadao Ando, would seat 100,000 spectators, though it would be reduced to 80,000 after the Games of Tokyo 2016. Project by Tadao Ando:

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