petition to reconsider zaha hadid's tokyo olympic stadium gathers pace petition to reconsider zaha hadid's tokyo olympic stadium gathers pace
may 14, 2014

petition to reconsider zaha hadid's tokyo olympic stadium gathers pace


petition to reconsider zaha hadid’s tokyo olympic stadium gathers pace
image courtesy of japan sport council

 

 

 

since it was announced that zaha hadid will undertake the construction of toyko’s national stadium for the 2020 olympics, concerns were raised regarding the size and scale of the design. consequently, a group led by architects toyo ito and fumihiko maki have launched a petition, calling on local and national authorities to defend and protect the city’s meiji jingu gaien stadium and its neighboring gardens. the appeal seeks to find a solution that pays more attention to human scale, ethics and the integration of public green space.

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the petition calls on authorities to protect the city’s meiji jingu gaien stadium and its neighboring gardens

 

 

 

hadid’s stadium reaches a total height of 70 meters, the equivalent of a 20 storey building, dominating – and arguably overpowering – its surroundings. the group called for the arena to be reduced from 80,000 seats to 50,000, with temporary seating accommodation for large and global events. responding to these points, toyo ito has sought to find a more viable solution, with a plan that involves the upgrading of the existing stadium without disturbing either the environment or the community.

 

in addition, professor nasrine seraji, dean of école nationale superieure d’architecture paris-maraquais has made a statement about the proposed demolition which can be read here.

 

at the time of writing, the petition needs another 1,700 signatures in order to lodge an official challenge, and can be signed at change.org.

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the appeal is being hosted change.org

 

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toyo ito’s proposal plan

 

updated: we have updated this article on may 23rd, 2014 with two images depicting toyo ito’s plan for upgrading tokyo’s existing national stadium; including a statement by professor nasrine seraji, dean of école nationale superieure d’architecture paris-maraquais regarding this issue.

  • . . . this quickly went from “we’re concerned” to “pick me instead” . . . what a shame really

    Bradley L. Bowers says:
  • Excellent idea toyo ito and fumihiko maki. I hope you get your change through.
    Send the crashed space ship back into space!!

    Mooty says:
  • Great idea, and sensitive wording used to object to the winning proposal, however the actual building shown as an alternative appears to address none of these concerns and would be visually quite a blot on the landscape.

    Julian Potgieter says:
  • Guys – contrary to what the article may suggest (not intentionally), the Toyo Ito’s proposal isn’t being promoted right now. The images are shown only for comparison to show what Ito proposed earlier on, during the competition.

    michał says:
  • human scale is a quality that actually can be found a LOT around tokyo (unlike cities like berlin or paris). I can’t really figure, what the hadid proposal would look like in real life seen from the street, but i believe those concerns might be founded. the winning stadium has no connection whatsoever to the surroundings, like, parks or geenery. it’s just huge and concrete and might look best from above.

    @julian: why would this be a blot on the landscape when seen from the street? i see lots of greenery! looks quite normal, no eyesore at all.

    test says:
  • As I am Japanese, definitely support your cool idea Ms.Zaha Hadid. If not in Tokyo, then we Osaka would love to have it. GO FOR IT – !

    KK says:
  • While they raise some interesting points that need to be considered (and one wonders why they weren’t to begin with), I think there could be other motives behind their dissatisfaction with the stadium plans. The architects who are headlining this effort are both Japanese and male, while Zaha Hadid is both not Japanese and female. With this stadium being for the Olympics in Tokyo, it’s not a far stretch to suggest their objections are a mix of nationalism/racism, sexism, and pride.

    Again, this is just an observation after living in Tokyo for six years, and seeing racism and sexism casually displayed on a daily basis.

    Devil's Advocate says:
  • Hadid’s design might look exquisite from above [as almost always], but there is no doubt that this particular project of her’s would be an ‘eye-boggling’ mess seen from the street.

    I find that her buildings are portrayed lovely in drawings but fail to translate accordingly into full size, perhaps because her use of concrete does not appear to offer her the elasticity she craves. I support the petition totally.

    Chuka Ihonor says:

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