Zaha Hadid's $2 Billion Tokyo Stadium Plans Scrapped

Japan has pulled the plug on an ambitious stadium plan, expected to cost $2 billion and designed by one of the world's most famous architects.

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July 21, 2015, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"The Japanese government has scrapped controversial plans for a dramatic Zaha Hadid-designed $2bn (£1.3bn) stadium envisioned as the focal point of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, amid concern about rising costs and a growing public backlash," reports Owen Gibson.

Yoshirō Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, "said he had taken the decision after being reassured that there was still time to draw up new plans and complete the new stadium, on the site of the existing national stadium, before the 2020 Olympics."

The decision to scrap the plans for the stadium also impacts the 2019 Rugby World Cup, scheduled to be played in the stadium. The article includes more details about the controversy inspired by the stadium's design in the architecture world.

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