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The Rio 2016 Olympic Park at Barra da Tijuca, a tropical landscape that reflects the mountains and valleys of Brazil, with a network of pathways.
AECOM’s master plan for the project focuses on approximately 300 acres of land in the district of Barra de Tijuca, southwest of Rio. It includes three phases: the Rio Olympic Park area during the 2016 Games, a transition plan and the final position showcasing the site in legacy mode after 2016.
The plan’s first phase shows the 300-acre site, which will host 15 Olympic sports competitions and 11 Paralympic contests. The Media Center will also be constructed at the same location, which will host approximately 20,000 journalists.
The second phase illustrates how the site can operate during the transition stage — a 5- to 7-year period of time following the games when the site is not fully developed. This final phase comprises a legacy mode master plan that demonstrates economic, environmental and social sustainability development around the permanent structures and without the temporary structures. The new permanent sports facilities will be concentrated around existing ones — the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, Velodrome and HSBC Arena. After the games, these facilities will be renamed as the “Olympic Training Center” and be used to discover and develop new sporting talents.