General Urban Plan launched

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Although initially scheduled to begin in January, the process for the selection of the 'General Urban Plan' for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park has finally been announced, with an international competition to open on 2 May 2011.

The Olympic Park will house the majority of the facilities to be used in 2016, including the Maria Lenk aquatic park and the main indoor facility called 'Rio Arena', as well as the broadcast centre and the accredited media centre. According to the competition's official site, the Plan will be the instrument that defines the occupation of the area, outlining public spaces, public squares and parks, and the volume of the main equipments, as well as indentifying areas for future real estate developments. The two key bodies behind the project, Rio de Janeiros city council and the Brazilian Institute of Architects (Rio chapter), added that the Olympic Park will establish the foundations of a sustainable district, and will be one of the main urban legacies for Rio de Janeiro stemming from the 2016 Games. The competition has been designed to reach a wide range of international professionals and to seek creative solutions that unite quality, functionality, and sustainability, which should be joined by use, social, cultural and environmental values. The competition rules and entry procedures will be released through the site on 2 May 2011:http://concursoparqueolimpicorio2016. iabrj. org. br/About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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