Tokyo: Old stadium closed, new still unwanted
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
While the last game was held at the National Olympic Stadium on Sunday, another petition was launched against the Zaha Hadid design for a new one.
On Sunday the National Olympic Stadium saw its last planned event, rugby game between Japan and Hong Kong. Now the building awaits demolition, which is scheduled for July.
However, the plan to build a new stadium by Zaha Hadid’s design team is still subject to serious protests. We recently wrote about a petition created by leading Japanese architects, who are concerned with the immense scale of the planned stadium.
According to them, it would dominate the entire district, overshadow nearby gardens, limit public space and might prove unsustainable both in terms of construction costs and maintenance. That petition, launched last year, received over 15,000 signatures.
Now a new one, spearheaded by another architect Edward Suzuki, has surfaced. This campaign is smaller, signaled even by the goal of 1,000 signatures, almost reached at the time of writing. But among the signatories are artists (painter Mitsumasa Anno, musician Akira Sakata, writer Mayumi Mori) and scientists (Prof. Chizuko Ueno, Prof. Hidenobu Jinnai) who want to express their disapproval.