- Japan’s then-education and sports minister, Hakubun Shimomoura, offered to resign over the cancellation of the first stadium design.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced architect Kengo Kuma as the victor of a second design competition for the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
- The previously finalized design had a lofty price tag of 252 billion yen ($2.1 billion), which came under heavy criticism.
- A new plan was needed after the design by London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was called off due to ballooning costs of 265.1 billion yen.
- Earlier this month, the Japan Sports Council released two new bids, initially kept anonymous but widely believed to be the work of Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma, submitted in concert with leading Japanese construction firms.
Here comes the Bride: architect plans world’s tallest building in Basra
- If built, the 230-storey, 1,152m tall “Bride Tower” would be located in Basra and would be made up of four buildings joined together.
- An alien planted in the city, disconnected from the urban scale at ground level.
“The Bride, on the other hand, will be conceived as a city itself both vertically but also horizontally from the ground.
- The tallest building under construction is the 1km-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- However there is no fixed location for the building, and although Basra is relatively peaceful and prosperous, neither a construction schedule nor a price has been suggested.
- The tallest building completed is the 830m Burj Khalifa in Dubai.