AECOM won the International Competition for the Urban Master Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in August . Coordinated by the Municipal Olympic Company, the competition was held in partnership with the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) and will go down in history as the first international architecture contest in Brazil.
The competition brought together 60 works from offices in 18 countries. With seven members, the jury consisted of representatives from Rio City Hall, the International Union of Architects, the Institute of Architects of Brazil, Rio 2016 and the Federal Government.
More than 100 teams from across Europe, Asia and North America submitted expressions of interest to create two new distinctive areas that will bring together a vibrant mix of
cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The centrepiece will be a major public space that will welcome crowds to the south park. Sitting between the Aquatics Centre, the Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the 2012
Gardens, this urban landscape will have a South Bank feel with plans for a visitor centre, water features, imaginative play facilities and host a range of diverse festivals and
The second area will be set within the stunning green river valley in the north park and has potential to include one of London’s most inspiring playgrounds and a visitor centre with a
café and seating terrace, along with indoor multi-purpose space for community-use.
During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver a newly updated Granville Street by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects has become a lively impromptu event space for buskers, street hockey, olympic pin sellers and more. The street has been closed to traffic for 30 years with only buses allowed back in the mid-1970′s. Retail groups have lobbied to have cars reintroduced to the space. However, the success of the space which is usually the domain of club-hopping group has caused planners and downtown businesses to rethink the future of the space post-Olympics.
Could this be the catalyst for a renaissance of pedestrian malls in cities?