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Volume 6 No. 212


Objectors to Zaha Hadid Architects' plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium are "still unhappy with the practice's proposals, despite a number of changes to the designs," according to Laura Mark of ARCHITECTS JOURNAL. Tokyo-based Edward Suzuki Associates Founder Edward Suzuki said that the "amended scheme remained 'too big and too expensive.'" Suzuki’s petition against the project has "garnered almost 2,500 supporters." It is effectively an "English translation of a previous anti-ZHA stadium petition by Japanese heavyweights and Pritzker Prize-winners Fumihiko Maki and Toyo Ito." Combined, the two petitions which call for the "huge new stadium to be scrapped and an existing arena on the site to be re-used," have amassed more than 31,600 signatories. Initial protests resulted in Hadid "going back to the drawing board." But protesters have said that the scheme, which has "been shrunk by a fifth, is still too large and that the revised costs 'do not make sense'" (ARCHITECTS JOURNAL, 7/15).

More than 15,000 people have attended the "cooled, open-air" Brazil 2014 Fan Zone in Doha to watch games "across 10 nights from the round of 16" through to the final, according to THE PENINSULA. The open-air Fan Zone was used by the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy to "test the prototype cooling technology" that will be utilized at the 2022 World Cup. The results from the tests have been "incredibly positive, with temperatures on average 12 degrees Celsius lower inside the Fan Zone." The data will be utilized by the committee's technical team as "part of its research and development to deliver the cooling technology" at the 2022 World Cup (THE PENINSULA, 7/15).