Mere weeks after the London Olympic Games ended, the master plan for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games has been revealed.
Weeks ago, snippets of the Games’ green infrastructure plans were unveiled, including the Solar City Tower, a hybrid solar-water green energy system.
Now, it has been announced that AECOM has won the contract to design the master plan for the 2016 games. The international company will receive ground support from Rio-based DG Architecture, who will work with AECOM to contextualise the new and potentially iconic developments. International architectural firms Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pujol Barcelona Archtects, Expedition and IMG Sports Entertainment have also joined in what stands as a team effort to create the plans.
AECOM chairman and CEO John M. Dionosio says the plans will focus on more than just the games themselves, with the design goal to improve the overall quality of the city of Rio in the long term through this new industry investment and built realm.
“AECOM is very proud to be helping the city of Rio de Janeiro build a lasting legacy with its master plan,” he says. “We are excited that our work will improve the quality of life for the city’s residents, businesses and visitors.”
The current preliminary plans include the development of venues for 15 Olympic sports competitions and 11 Paralympic contests on a land parcel of 300 acres. The plans thus far calls for nine permanent venues and six temporary structures. In addition to these sporting infrastructure pieces, a media centre will also be developed on site with the capacity for 20,000 journalists and media personal.
Marked as the first major holistically sustainable global event, it is no surprise that the plans will feature an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable foundation. This will come through in the redevelopment of existing structures and the Olympic legacy plans to restructure major event venues into an Olympic Training Centre to generate future sporting talent even after the Olympic hype in the city has died down following the games.
With Olympic Park already under construction, the next phase of development plans will be to announce general urban plan, which will come to light over the next few months.
The excitement surrounding 2016 Olympic Games is already building. However, it is now – perhaps more than ever – that the industry will be under the scrutiny of the public and the political eye, who will no longer accept the white elephant Olympic developments of yesteryear.
Even at this early stage, the 2016 Olympic Games have been branded as the greenest yet. That promise means the construction industry’s performance will monitored as critically as the sporting world’s.