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  1. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20151211/k10010337761000.html According to this article as I ran it through Google Translate, in two weeks we will receive the design proposals from the JSC. Coincidentally, that will be on Christmas. What a gift! If someone could read the article and try to translate is better than what google can do, it would be appreciated since there is something in there about the public voting on which design but I'm not 100% sure what they're talking about specifically.
  2. The government would rather admit the atrocities of nanking at the feet of Park Geun Hye before they falter on this stadium.
  3. If you think about it, Madrid's Athletico Stadium that would have been their Olympic Stadium is going to be completed before Tokyo. They built Yoyogi in a year in a half back in 1964, so I think they can build the stadium in three. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=662282
  4. As we wait to see the designs of Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito as they are expected to be released as December ends, I found a design that is not official, but I think is an interesting idea proposed by designer Shuhei Endo. http://www.huffingtonpost.jp/takashi-moriyama/new-national-stadium_b_8579360.html
  5. I saw this on Facebook the other day and thought nothing of it since it was in Korean, but just today I found it in English on Twitter. Pyeongchang is reaching out to the public to vote on one of fourteen short listed designs to be their look of the games! Vote Here: http://goo.gl/U0uCBN Here are the twelve short listed designs with little explanations: I personally voted for #12, but I also liked #1 and 2. I thought that #10 looked uncannily like Sochi...
  6. What surprised me is that the Japanese women have improved a great amount since the London 2012. They went from 8th to 5th in team and went from none to two gymnasts in the top 10 of the individual all-around. If they keep improving they might be able to bring home a medal in Tokyo 2020.
  7. This is what I think the bid committee has in mind. Since the stadium was kind of retrofitted better for football after 1984 when they got rid of the track, it's not as easy as it could be to just get rid of those new seats and put the track back. With this new renovation, even though they're keeping the empty bits by the cauldron for historical preservation, it's going to be suited more for football. What will happen if LA wins will probably be what someone said above that USC and the bid committee will hand off the stadium to one another for a specific time period in which a full roof will be added and what can be assumed a temporary track built a meter or two off the existing pitch.
  8. I case you were wondering what to expect (but honestly I think what we'll get will be extremely different) here are the logos for upcoming sporting events taking place in Japan.
  9. I commented on SSC about this. There is either a plan that both USC and the bid committee has worked together on or there is a massive amount of miscommunication between the two parties.
  10. In 2013, Japan was at 218.8%. Turkey was at 36.18%. Spain was at 84.4%.
  11. As more of the press release trickles out, I found this render of the interior of the Olympic Aquatics Center. I think it looks really nice.
  12. I like how they're trying to retain as much green space as possible with these new venues. It's not a concrete jungle like a lot of Olympic Parks...
  13. Edit: I actually found more renders by scowering the internet. Here I have the Aquatics Center in Olympic and Legacy mode... ...and the Sea Forest Water Stadium! These must have come in a press release or something, so if anyone can find more please post them.
  14. FINALLY. Here are the first offical venue designs. Say what you will, but they do have that little bit of traditional architecture but mixed with modern, and I personally like them. Here is the Ariake Arena, host of indoor Volleyball. It will have 15,000 seats in Olympic Mode and 12,700 in legacy. Not too bad. It will cost ~299 million US dollars . It will be completed in December 2019. There's no start date yet, which makes sense since they're still bidding for contractors. And here's the Olympic Aquatics Center. It will have 20,000 seats in Olympic Mode and, as they always planned, the design will allow for 75% of the seats to be temporary leaving a legacy capacity of 5,000. The price will be ~445 million USD. It will be completed in December 2019 as well. I got these from SSC, but here's the article that was linked. http://www.kensetsunews.com/?p=54767 The article also talks about the rowing/canoe course (appropriately named Sea Forest Water Stadium) but provides no pictures, which is understandable given it's a rectangle of water in the middle of Tokyo Bay with some temporary seats. It will apparently only cost around 812,000 USD to ensure that the water will be calm enough for these events. No mention on spectator capacity though. I cannot figure out the architect from the article, but it appears that the contractor bidding will start in a few days and go into January for specific parts such as electrics and plumbing. They do talk about the construction techniques. What I can pick up is that both arenas are going to be constructed similarly. Something about a shell method, which I can only assume means building the concrete structure and throwing the roof and sidings on after. Get excited for more renders!!!!
  15. Can you imagine the backlash if a Chinese designer won if they went worldwide? Even moderate feathers would get a little ruffled. If I'm thinking correctly, I remember seeing that Sano was half Korean, and some crazies thought that he made a bad logo on purpose to make the games and Japan look bad (and maybe Pyongyang better???). But of course that's all internet ravings, but that sentiment does exist as similar sentiments exist everywhere.
  16. I feel like hard right wingers in the government and public wouldn't like a "gaijin" making their Olympic emblem, so they don't want to deal with that backlash. Given Abe is pretty right wing, I'm not surprised they're staying local.
  17. Congratulations Canada! Maybe your result will affect ours next year...

  18. I guess I understand where they're coming from in a way, since they lost a bunch of money with the old emblem. You think with all those sponsors that wouldn't matter but who knows what really goes on in TOCOG. Maybe, just maybe, TOCOG now assumes that since they've opened up the contest to everybody, they don't need to pay the required price for a valued designer. That's just what I think they're thinking at this moment.
  19. I you didn't already see, the official Emblem Contest began today. Here's a link to the rules and regulations (english). http://emblem.tokyo2020.jp/en/guidelines_EN.pdf We've also been provided with hi-res Olympic and Paralympic symbols, and also a template to show how the logo will be used in real life to avoid any more controversy, as shown below. Finally, something I thought was funny, is the 6th example of what not to do. I suppose it's best to avoid the same thing... https://tokyo2020.jp/en/emblem-selection/
  20. I may be completely wrong, but I've heard that Harper and the Conservative party have been growing more and more conservative, similar to the US Republican party, and that people aren't too happy with that.
  21. I imagine the ceremonies will be similar in production ability to Torino or SSC. They'll likely make the field itself really nice and fit for the ceremonies and rely a lot less on huge stuff. I think Sochi gave us too high expectations for Pyeongchang, prop wise. Sochi had in general greater means (legitimate or not) to work with, so they could do whatever they wanted. I think these ceremonies will be a turn back to fiscal reality... or they might go all out and try to one up Tokyo or something who knows.
  22. If you were curious if anything has happened, then don't worry. News has been very slow. Here is a story that I just found, but it's not much. It's still very costly, but it's better than what they had before. At this point, this might be the lowest the price can (conceptually) be before they resort to heavy use of temporary facilities. Since it's already been established the track will be permanent (not removed after the games for more seats), there will still be light use of temporary seating whenever they think they need the full 80,000. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151013_24.html
  23. Since this thread got a bump just now and I missed the first round, here's my very short list: Montreal Tokyo Torino (this march!) I would love to see Nagano and Sapporo to see what's left (more so in Sapporo), also London, Munich, Los Angeles, and last but not least Beijing.
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