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Among them: Rio's Olympic Swimming Center Rio's Olympic Velodrome Rio's Olympic Tennis Arena Better picture of Rio's Velodrome, in the shape of a cyclist helmut

Renders of Olympic and Paralympic Village unveiled. All condos will be sold after the games Details of the bathrooms Private Beach in Praia da Reserva, near Olympic Village

More at night WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Before questions, there is nobody seated in the left side, that's why both LCD big screens are turned off to save energy - ecofriendly stuff... AND THIS

Renders of Olympic and Paralympic Village unveiled.

Wow!! Looks awesome!! I'm already seeing the Portuguese supporters there!! (pic 1) :lol:

VAI RIOOOOOOOO!!!

Renders of Olympic and Paralympic Village unveiled.

Wow!! Looks awesome!! I'm already seeing the Portuguese supporters there!! (pic2) :lol:

VAI RIOOOOOOOO!!!

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Do you need a car to really see Rio? Is driving around Brazill easy?

Don´t even think about it!! It´s like hell! ;)

I´m used to high speeds but driving in Rio is a whole different thing.

It often seems like there are no rules at all.

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Don´t even think about it!! It´s like hell! ;)

I´m used to high speeds but driving in Rio is a whole different thing.

It often seems like there are no rules at all.

You are exaggerating. It's not a hell. India is a hell for driving.

Of course, people go more speedy and ziggy-zaggy in Rio than in USA or Europe, but things are not as crazy as some Asiatic country...

More, now there are photographic speed and sign traps all around the country and fines are expensive.

Still I must admit, it take foreigners some time to get used to the sometimes Formula-1-like way Brazilians drive.

And don't be surprised when driving in Rio: the buses will be always faster than you... "Express" lines, literally.

PS: Just to show an example: abroad Brazilians pay less for rented cars. The argument?

If they drive in Brazil, they can drive anywhere.

Check big rent-a-car companies websites in US or Europe, for example, and change the residence address to Brazil... ;)

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You are exaggerating. It's not a hell. India is a hell for driving.

Of course, people go more speedy and ziggy-zaggy in Rio than in USA or Europe, but things are not as crazy as some Asiatic country...

More, now there are photographic speed and sign traps all around the country and fines are expensive.

Still I must admit, it take foreigners some time to get used to the sometimes Formula-1-like way Brazilians drive.

And don't be surprised when driving in Rio: the buses will be always faster than you... "Express" lines, literally.

PS: Just to show an example: abroad Brazilians pay less for rented cars. The argument?

If they drive in Brazil, they can drive anywhere.

Check big rent-a-car companies websites in US or Europe, for example, and change the residence address to Brazil... ;)

That's very interesting! I like to drive fast, I like to drive in Manhattan, but that's probably not so much fast as busy and aggressive. Rio would be fun to drive and hit all those roads that pas the beaches/coast. I saw some interesting tunnel and elevated roadway, nice to feel the dramatic scenery go by.

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That's very interesting! I like to drive fast, I like to drive in Manhattan, but that's probably not so much fast as busy and aggressive. Rio would be fun to drive and hit all those roads that pas the beaches/coast. I saw some interesting tunnel and elevated roadway, nice to feel the dramatic scenery go by.

It is special to drive around Rio beaches, I can tell you!

About crazy drivers, most of them become crazy after dark... During the weekdays, you have traffic jams, so you can't drive so fast.

And in the weekend, it's pretty okay. Maybe for a foreigner, you just need to double attention in the cars around... But, comes ok as you can see in the youtube video.

PS: Some footage of Elevado do Joá Highway (the elevated road over the rocks and sea):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehQEDzRYlQc

Enjoy!

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It is special to drive around Rio beaches, I can tell you!

About crazy drivers, most of them become crazy after dark... During the weekdays, you have traffic jams, so you can't drive so fast.

And in the weekend, it's pretty okay. Maybe for a foreigner, you just need to double attention in the cars around... But, comes ok as you can see in the youtube video.

PS: Some footage of Elevado do Joá Highway (the elevated road over the rocks and sea):

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehQEDzRYlQc[/media

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Enjoy!

Oh boy, that video brings back so many wonderful memories.

Probably the most scenic road I have ever driven. All the way from Ipanema to Barra. Amazing!

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You are wrong. London women were Friday and Men were Saturday.

Not quite correct either. The woman's football final in London took place already on Thursday, with the men's bronze medal match taking place Friday and the men's final on Saturday. The football finals in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing were scheduled the same way. So I expect that they'll continue that in Rio.

By the way, this will be the first time in Olympic history that also the women's football final will be played in the main/ceremonies stadium of the Games. In 1996, it was played (just like the men's final) in Athens, Georgia, in 2000 it was played in Sydney Football Stadium, in 2004 it was played in Karaiskaki Stadium in Piraeus, in 2008 it was played in Beijing's Worker Stadium and (just like the men's final) it was played in Wembley this year.

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Oh boy, that video brings back so many wonderful memories.

Probably the most scenic road I have ever driven. All the way from Ipanema to Barra. Amazing!

Did you got crazy with Rio drivers? Tell us your experience. It's good to see the things from foreigners eyes.

Now I see you are from Germany...It must be really a shock for you the way people here drive! hehehe

I have a close Dutch friend who is now living in Brazil and for him it's pretty Ok. he said he think he is driving in Italy, for him, there is no big difference... ehhehehe

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There's lots of things they do for every host - try to arrange school holidays during the games, encourage people to stagger working hours, special IOC lanes on the roads, warm people to expect traffic armageddon and encourage them to stay off the road, strongly encourage visitors to take public transport instead of cars (indeed, try to discourage spectator use of cars totally).

At the end of the day, I don't think normal traffic density/capacity is such a big deal for the games - the public transport side of the equation is the far more important.

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They didn't seat spectators in the back end?? How bizarre.

Look at Athens:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cGdlZ71Kd0&playnext=1&list=PL126952605E22A524&feature=results_video

The rounded end of the Panathinaikos held the press. But spectators were placed on one side because that was the shaded side--NOT facing the sun.

I went to archery in Athens. The seating in the Panathinaiko Stadium was open. Almost everyone (including me) DID sit on the rounded end. They did wrap around the one side a bit, but it was NOT shaded for the entire competition. For the session I attended everything was in full sun. The seats on the side were still far enough from the targets and screens that you could see them clearly.

I can only imagine that Rio will add temporary seating at one end of the Sambadrome. That is the angle from which one must watch archery.

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Did you got crazy with Rio drivers? Tell us your experience. It's good to see the things from foreigners eyes.

Now I see you are from Germany...It must be really a shock for you the way people here drive! hehehe

I have a close Dutch friend who is now living in Brazil and for him it's pretty Ok. he said he think he is driving in Italy, for him, there is no big difference... ehhehehe

Yeah I expected a "different" driving-style, but it was a bit more "different" than I thought. Specially the motobikes drive me crazy.

It´s a wonder that no one of them was hurt during our trips around Rio.

But I must admit that most of the time my wife´s uncle was driving. ;)

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Maracana will also have the first "flotating" chairs ever!!! LOL - What a mistake in the render!

Estadio_Maracana_FIFA_Copa_2014_Projeto_Arquitetura__Cadeiras04.jpg

Looks like the spectators in the first three or four rows won't see much of the infield - due to the hoardings. Adding to that, the people in the front row seem to have to look against that wall. Is that just an optical illusion or is that really badly designed?

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Looks like the spectators in the first three or four rows won't see much of the infield - due to the hoardings. Adding to that, the people in the front row seem to have to look against that wall. Is that just an optical illusion or is that really badly designed?

I just think this render have a lots of problems if we see it carefully...

The archtect must fire the graphics designer.

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British Olympics firms picked for Brazil games and world cup

British businesses have won £70 million of contracts for the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, the prime minister said today.

The government said London’s successful summer of sport has lined firms up to win projects worth £250m.

It comes as a survey by Deloitte has found that more than a quarter of British businesses believe the successful delivery of the London 2012 will help provide an export boost to host countries of future major events.

The government said today that Blue Cube (GB), in partnership with Brazilian company NORA, has won the tender process to provide 64,000 seats for the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, which will be the first stadium to be completed for the world cup. Blue Cube has done extensive work in the UK, including the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

London 2012 velodrome structural engineers Useful Simple are opening an office in Rio in the next few weeks.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said 22 British companies have won 36 contracts. Projects include urban and transport planning for nine World Cup host cities, the Olympic Park master plan design contract and communications and IT facilities.

Mr Cameron said: “This summer Britain set a new Olympic benchmark.

“With UK companies already working closely with Rio 2016, winning contracts and building business links, we are in an ideal position to boost British business in Brazil from Rio 2016 and beyond.”

Paul Deighton, the chairman of London Organising Committee of Olympic and Paralympic Games who will be joining the Treasury in the new year, said: “Hosting the Games presents a huge opportunity for Brazil and British companies are well placed to maximise on London’s excellent reputation for delivery.”

Steve Almond, managing partner for international markets at Deloitte, who is travelling with the delegation to Brazil, said: “The British construction industry has enjoyed a massive reputational boost as a result of the skill and efficiency with which the vast Olympic programme was put together.

“Similarly, our world leading skills in high value services such as management planning, technical consulting and design were evident in ensuring the Games were delivered on schedule and on budget.”

Brazil 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 company partnerships and contracts won by UK built environmemnt companies include:

· ISG – construction and operation of the 45,000 seat 2014 World Cup Arena Pernambuco, Recife.

· Steer Davies Gleave – providing independent transport and major event consultancy to nine World Cup cities, including Rio de Janeiro. The company assisted the Olympic Delivery Authority on transport planning work as part of the planning for the London 2012 Games.

· PwC – consulting work for the Rio Investment Agency.

· Ernst & Young – professional services consulting for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

· ARUP – sustainability advisors for the Rio 2016 Olympic Village project. Arup were design partners for the London 2012 handball arena.

· Populous – 2014 World Cup Natal stadium architects. Populous were official architectural and overlay design services provider for London 2012.

· London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic masterplaners AECOM have been appointed masterplanners for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park and advisors to City Olympic Authority.

· Wilkinson Eyre Architects – Rio 2016 Olympic Park masterplan architect advisors with AECOM. The company designed the London 2012 basketball arena.

· Innovision – worked on Brazil’s London 2012 Casa Brasil pavilion.

· Clive Richardson – sports pitch stadia construction specialists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Gremio and Mineriao arenas.

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