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AECOM Secures Victory in Historic International Contest for Rio 2016 Olympic Park Urban Master Plan

In a groundbreaking triumph, AECOM emerged as the winner of the International Competition for the Urban Master Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in August. Coordinated by the Municipal Olympic Company, this historic competition, held in collaboration with the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), etches its significance as Brazil’s inaugural international architecture contest.

Drawing participation from 60 submissions across 18 countries, the jury, composed of representatives from Rio City Hall, the International Union of Architects, the Institute of Architects of Brazil, Rio 2016, and the Federal Government, carefully evaluated the entries.

The Master Plan meticulously addresses two pivotal scenarios. In “Olympic Games Mode,” the design optimizes conditions for hosting and operating sports competitions. Conversely, in “Legacy Mode,” it guarantees the sustainable deployment of new enterprises. Post-Olympics, the sports infrastructure and new constructions are poised to become a benchmark for urban planning and sustainability in Rio de Janeiro.

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, inaugurated as President of the Municipal Olympic Company on August 5th, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “The Olympic Games are a unique opportunity for the city, and that’s what motivates us. This contest not only deliberates on essential competition facilities but also provides a platform to envision a significant legacy for the city.”

The winning architecture office will receive a prestigious R$100,000 prize (US$62,000) and will spearhead the development of urban design projects for all public areas of the Olympic Park. This includes planning for the volumetric aspects, as well as the locations of sports and non-sports facilities during implementation, along with guidelines for transitioning from Olympic Games Mode to Legacy Mode.

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Crucially, the Urban Master Plan liberates a minimum of 60% of the Olympic Park area for future projects. Permanent sports facilities will be strategically concentrated around existing ones, such as the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, Velodrome, and Arena Rio, which will be renamed the Olympic Training Centre post-Olympics.

The proposal encompasses a holistic vision, covering urban public spaces, the transition between modes, environmental preservation, soil permeability, universal accessibility, integration of municipal projects, sustainable technological innovations, and the connection between sports and non-sports facilities through public spaces. It adheres to commitments made during the Rio 2016 Bid, prioritizing security.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Park will undergo a transformative evolution, with permanent installations like the Science and Sports Laboratory, Medical Centre, Reception, Athletes’ Accommodation, and more in Olympic Games Mode. In Legacy Mode, the park will house the Olympic Training Centre, Science and Sports Laboratory, Medical Centre, Reception, Athletes’ Accommodation, and other facilities, accompanied by new residential, commercial, and leisure developments.

Environmental preservation remains a focal point in both modes, with green areas encompassing the edge of the Olympic Park. AECOM’s triumph in this international contest marks a pivotal chapter in Brazil’s architectural history, setting the stage for an enduring legacy that combines innovation, sustainability, and urban excellence. Images courtesy of Empresa Olímpica Municipal.

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