Architecture of the Games: All about Olympic Architecture
Architecture of the Games was begun in August 2013, with the aim of informing architects and others interested about spatial and architectural design within the Olympic Games. We write mainly about urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture and infrastructure. Next to this we also pay attention to the visual identity of the Olympic Games.
Once every 4 years all eyes are focused on one event, The Olympic Games. Upon this podium, every athlete and host city wants to show their best face to the world. The architecture of the venues are often used as a tool and therefore become iconic for the event. Think of the tent-like roof construction of the Olympic Stadium in München (Frei Otto, 1972) or the impressive ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing (Herzog & De Meuron and Ai Weiwei, 2008).
At Architecture of the Games you will read the latest news, complemented with analyses and reports of visits to (former) host cities. We follow cities from the first candidature, during the bid process and the preparation in the run up to the Games. Finally, we report on the legacy that the Games leaves behind on the city.
Currently, Architecture of the Games is the only website that is completely dedicated to this subject. In the last few years we have grown rapidly. In 2016, our website has had visitors that hailed from more than 170 countries. In 2017 we will be paying special attention to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, resulting in (among other things) a publication of a special magazine.
From Sydney 2000, I became seriously interested in the Olympics. Its history, traditions and the unforgettable achievements of athletes. Around the same time I started my architecture studies. Not until the run-up to the London Games my attention shifted from sports to the architectural and organizational aspects of the Olympics. I visited the Olympic Games of London in 2012, Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and several venues in former host cities like Berlin, Barcelona and Helsinki.
I live and work in Enschede (Netherlands).
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- Christian, Delle, Femke, Hugo, Jeroen, Marco, Nicole and Robin for their feedback and input
- Andrew Ferguson, Johan Eenfeldt, Barry Kooij, Lucy Tomás, Stefan Boonstra, Tobias Bäthge, Arne Brachhold, Lester Chan, Bill Erickson, Enrico Battocchi, Themeisle and Lee Chestnutt for their excellent plugins
Special thanks to:
- Brasil 2016
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