While optimists remain positive about the prospects for the construction industry, recent figures reflect a downward revision since the summer owing to a slowdown in third quarter housing and commercial activity. Despite forecasted growth expected between 2015 and 2019 in private housing, commercial and infrastructure, it is a far cry from the activity of recent years – such as the construction boom experienced with London 2012.
It is now that all eyes are on Tokyo, Japan as the host begins to embark on delivering its eclectic mix of structures for the 2020 Olympic Games. After scrapping the original architectural plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium by Zaha Hadid, due to spiraling costs and ridicule, officials have selected a new design.
The final plan, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. echoes Japanese temple styles, with a low-lying steel and wood structure, surrounded by trees. It will sit more than 20m lower than the previous design and supporters say it fits better with its immediate environment, which includes the greenery around the nearby Meiji Shrine. Turn to page 7 to see what the world of social media has to say about this winning design.
Meanwhile on page 14, FC&A pays tribute to a further Tokyo master plan recently completed by internationally-renowned practice, Conran and Partners. The 20 hectare scheme, located on the south-west edge of the city alongside the Tama River, comprises a total of 400,000m² of retail, office, leisure and residential building, as well as a new city park.
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