Who will host the 2016 Olympic Games?09.07.22
Now the 2016 Olympic Games is under the political situation. No, Olympic Games is always political.
According to the opinion poll by IOC in 2008, the approval rating by Tokyo citizens for 2016 Tokyo Olympics was 59%, and it was much lower than the rivals. Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara complained why people were so indifferent to the Olympics.
However, early this year, the approval rating became 70.2%. Maybe this is because of the serious recession. In Tokyo, people want something to stimulate the economy. People are now tired as seen the above photo (laughs).
In AXIS vol. 136, we made the feature “The relationship between the city and Olympics” and verified how Olympics changed the cities.
In the applicant files to IOC, every candidate city submitted keywords such as “ecology,” “compact,” and “legacy” etc. And it is hard to find the deep reasons to select one of those cities except Rio de Janeiro, which is trying to host the first Olympic Games in South America.
Anyway we will keep watching the Olympic matter from the viewpoint of design.