International Competition for the Urban Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park

The Brazilian Institute of Architects of Brazil/Rio de Janeiro (IAB/RJ) has signed an additional partnership with the City Government of Rio de Janeiro for the International Public Competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park’s General Urban Plan. After the Olympic Games, new real estate ventures will be built along the permanent sporting equipment and installations forming an area that will be a benchmark in planning and sustainability of the city.

The competition – coordinated by the Instituto Rio 2014/2016 – will be conducted in one stage. The participating teams should be multidisciplinary and led by an  urban planner architect with experience in projects of similar complexity. The jury will consist of a representative of the City Government of Rio de Janeiro, a representative of the Federal Government, a representative of the Organizing Committee for the Games in 2016, a representative of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and five representatives of the IAB of which two will be international jurors.

Registration must be conducted on the website at until June 15, 2011. The final date to deliver the proposals is June 30, 2011. The jury session will take place from July 4-10, and the results will be released on July 13.

With a total area of 1.18 million square metres, the Rio 2016 Olympic Park will will host 15 different types of sports during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: basketball, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, handball, field hockey, tennis, cycling, diving, water polo, swimming, synchronized swimming, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics. The General Urban Plan must consider two scenarios: for the Olympic Games mode, the project must ensure the best conditions for the performance of the sporting competitions; and for the legacy mode, it must ensure the viability of installing new enterprises in a sustainable way.

The urban proposal should also include, among many things: the definition of public spaces (streets, open spaces, access, etc.) for the two modes; the transition from Olympic Games mode to the legacy mode; integration of the existing urban context through a hierarchical road structure; preservation of the environmental qualities of the site, with emphasis on the ecological restoration of the lagoon and its environment; prioritization of the soil’s permeability for the treatment of the surfaces; universal accessibility; integration of municipal projects planned around the area; prioritization of sustainable technological innovations.

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