Hadid’s Olympic stadium to be downsized

Zaha Hadid’s centerpiece stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to be downsized following the protest by a group of Japanese architects, opposing the scale and cost of the structure.

Although having been approved six months ago by the Japanese government, sports minister Hakubun Shimomura has now backtracked on the decision, commenting that 300 billion yen ($3bn) is “too massive a budget” for the construction of the stadium.

“We need to rethink this to scale it down,” said Hakubun. “Urban planning must meet people’s needs.”

According to Associated Press (AP), the cost for the stadium construction has now been reduced to a $1.3bn figure.