The hidden way the Tokyo Olympics could forever change the city itself

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Japan National Stadium in Tokyo was meant to be the enduring icon of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma and built in his traditionally inspired style using wood from each of Japan’s 47 prefectures, the stadium aspired to what Kuma describes as “a softer, or more feminine, design.”

Inside the icon, though, are a series of design details that represent an impact and legacy of the Olympics that could spread far beyond its doors. Accessibility features designed into the stadium, as well as shops, hotels, and transit stations throughout Tokyo, may be among the most tangible ways this unwanted, low-rated, and spectator-free Olympics makes an impact.

+INFO: Fast Company

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