In this edition of “sb” looks at some of the venues of the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Appropriately, the games are also a gathering place for architects, engineers, builders and suppliers from around the world. In Rio we see a significant urban development initiated by the Games, the construction of new facilities such as the three Arenas Cariocas, and the responsible investment in short-term temporary facilities such as the Beach Volleyball Arena, Future Arena and the Deodoro venues.

Furthermore this issue of "sb" presents two internationally unique sporting projects the CHS Field in the United States, and the Ballarat Soccer Stadium in Australia. They are examples of smaller, community-scaled spectator facilities that exemplify a new, elegant, and slightly non-traditional architectural approach to sports venues design.