Pritzker-winning architect Ban sticks to disaster areas

Jun 14, 2014

Pritzker-winning architect Ban sticks to disaster areas

Architect Shigeru Ban has formally accepted the 2014 Pritzker Prize with a vow to continue supporting people in stricken areas around the world, saying building designers have a responsibility to people caught up in disasters. “An earthquake doesn’t kill people, but the collapse of ...

New Tokyo stadium for 2020 Olympics could cost up to ¥300 billion

Oct 23, 2013

New Tokyo stadium for 2020 Olympics could cost up to ¥300 billion

Construction of Tokyo’s new National Stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics could cost up to ¥300 billion, Olympics minister Hakubun Shimomura said Wednesday. Speaking at the House of Councilors Budget Committee, Shimomura said the government will consider scaling back the project because the estimated ...

Critics say Olympic stadium is too big

Oct 17, 2013

Critics say Olympic stadium is too big

by Masaaki Kameda

A famed Japanese architect’s criticism of the futuristic-looking national stadium planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is being shared by an increasing number of people who say it’s too big and doesn’t match the surrounding environment. In the August issue of an architecture journal, ...