London-based AECOM has just been announced as the winning firm for the international competition held for the master plan design of Rio 2016 Olympic Park. The English firm is quite experienced in master plan’s for the Olympics as they were responsible for London’s 2012 Olympic Park Master Plan. The first international architecture competition held in the country, the jury chose the winning project by AECOM with chief architect Bill Hanway and Brazilian project author Daniel Gusmão, because of its unique concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and access for parking. In the legacy that the project will leave to the city, the highlights were environmental preservation and the viability of maintaining and preserving the lagoon.
I tweeted this breaking news back on August 13th, but now we have some more exciting news and great illustrations of the project!
After a few years of starts and stops, we just got word the Donatelli Development is ready to get started on a huge new residential project at Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue NE. The metro adjacent development is going to have over 375 units and the good news is they have secured financing to make sure the project can move forward!
— Ed Estes (@edESTESdesign) August 13, 2012