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A Green Contest Of OLYMPIC Proportions, Part TWO

Running In Lane Two – 2016 Rio de Janeiro’s Green Olympics

Rio de Janeiro stands out for its natural beauty. It is a metropolis that has managed to retain its natural wealth of beautiful beaches, mountains and green areas.

For the 2016 Games, Rio has aspired to build one of the most awe-inspiring, incredibly beautiful, sustainable structures ever seen – the Solar City Tower, designed by Zurich, Switzerland based RAFAA Architecture & Design. A vertical structure on the island of Cotonduba, designed as a lasting symbol of welcome to visitors arriving in Rio by either sea or air. Looking like a futuristic waterfall, the Solar City Tower is a renewable energy generating tower and the Olympic Flame cauldron.

This self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games is designed to create renewable energy for use in the Olympic Village as well as the city of Rio. A large solar power plant generates energy during the day. The surplus energy produced is utilized to pump sea water into a storage tank and piped up, (all within the tower) to create the waterfall outside. This waterfall simultaneously turns the turbines producing energy. At night the water is released from the storage tank, though the waterfall, to the power turbines, providing nighttime power for the city. Simply beautiful!

!cid_07c201cb4fa8$bef1f8a0$0200a8c0@LinsanThe eco tower’s ground floor entrance is through a plaza and amphitheater 60m (197′), above sea level, which can be used for social gatherings. On the ocean side of the 105m (344′), tower (behind the waterfall) is an auditorium, cafeteria and shops. An elevator takes visitors up to the top floor where an observation deck offers 360° views of the ocean and city. An elevator leads to various observation areas and a retractable platform for bungee jumping 90.5m (297′) above the ground.

Now let’s talk about being ahead of the green curve. After years of deforestation and crop-growing (mainly coffee), Rio’s Tijuca Forest, located in the middle of the city, was reforested – in the nineteenth century! Covering around 3,200 hectares, the largest urban forest in the world brings together much of the fauna and flora typical of the Brazilian coast. The reforestation was a pioneering initiative for Latin America and mainly involved species native to the Atlantic Forest ecosystem. Today, it is well equipped for visits, and is a particularly stunning location for bicycle rides, running and hiking.

!cid_07c301cb4fa8$bef1f8a0$0200a8c0@LinsanRio 2016 modeled its Olympic Delivery Authority after the ODA established for the London 2012 Olympic Games, a model pioneered for the 2000 Sydney Games. The Brazilian model was improved and adapted to national characteristics to transform the city by bringing benefits and opportunities for residents through new infrastructure such as traffic and transport and social, sustainability and environmental programs.

One of the environmental pledges made by the Rio 2016 Bid Committee was the cleaning of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, one of Rio’s most beautiful locations and planned venue for rowing and flat-water canoe/kayak competitions of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As of today, it has never been so clean. According to the State Environment Institute (INEA), the water quality has improved by 92% since 2006 and is now nearly up to standards required for recreational swimming. This large scale project has included the cleaning of drains and upgrading of eight sewage lifts around the shoreline. One of which is the Caiçaras sewage lift, a project worth half a million reais which will benefit 60 thousand people in the neighborhoods of Ipanema and Leblon.

imageRio001 _HDThe sustainability and environment program of the Rio 2016 bid is focused on four proposals: water conservation, renewable energy, and a goal to be carbon-neutral.

It’s getting exciting …

…. as the green future unfolds.

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9 Responses to “A Green Contest Of OLYMPIC Proportions, Part TWO”

  1. Mary Jane Says:

    This is an incredible post and your inclusion of photos really makes it pop.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Mary Jane …. Thanks for the kind words. Come back again!

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Florida … Thank you and come back again!

  4. MovingCost Says:

    wow this is magnificent! I am far more impressed with the (Part two) structures for the 2016 Olympic games, then I am with the (Part one) structures for the 2012 Olympic games. Either way, I can’t wait for both! Amazing illustrations!
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  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Moving … We may be equally surprised with London once they get rolling but Rio does have some fantastic ideas!

  6. shawn planner Says:

    great article, how do you feel this will be affected in the future? And what route do you think you will take?

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Shawn …. Both sites for the olympics will benefit after the games are complete.

  8. Storage tanks Says:

    WoW! thats pretty much all I can say! that looks amazing!
    @Linda, what exactly has London got planned thats even near this scale? I know some of the olympics is going to be held in the sports village of Cardiff too bt still no idea of whats actually going to be built there!

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Tanks …. funny you should ask – the Forced Green post before this one is all about the London Games – A Green Contest Of OLYMPIC Proportions, Part ONE and then keep up to date with the goings on at – Have fun, thanks for dropping by and do come back again.

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