And in doing so, made itself a poster child for rethinking the insane costs of major sporting events like the Olympics, explaining that it would start over with a new design. Could the tide be turning against the idea that cities have to spend billions to host the Games?
We knew that a cadre of famed Japanese architects were... unhappy with Zaha Hadid's design for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. But we didn't quite realize how pissed they really are: A petition to stop the project, started by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tokyo Ito, already has nearly 14,000 signatures.
Kohei Jinno was evicted and got his Tokyo home destroyed when he was 30 years old. It was 1964, and they needed the space for the Olympic Stadium. Now, the unlucky man is 79 and he is going to get evicted again so the city can build the new Olympic Stadium where his new home is.