Beijing 2008; IOC: Beijing’s former industrial complex Shougang district sees sustainable urban regeneration push


Shougang district, once the burning heart of Beijing’s industrial complex, is now standing proud as a monument to the city’s urban regeneration efforts. Cooling towers are being transformed into Olympic venues, blast furnaces into training centres and an iron ore storage tower has even become home to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games Organising Committee. Ten years on from hosting its first summer Olympic Games and four years out from its debut Olympic Winter Games, the Shougang district is getting a new look.

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Beijing 2008; IOC: Beijing builds on stadium success by adding to 2008’s architectural legacy

Bird's Nest, Beijing, May 2010


Olympic Games Beijing 2008 left the city with some of the best sports stadiums in the world, which will again come under the global spotlight at the Olympic Winter Games in 2022. Ten years on from the unforgettable Opening Ceremony in the ‘Bird’s Nest’, we look at how the venues are being reworked and how new developments will add to China’s reputation as a sporting capital.

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Beijing 2008; Sneakers inspired by Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium

Design: KXIV

Olympic bids from the past; Beijing 2008

Leading up to the 2024 host city election, we pay attention to Olympic bids from the past. Today, the successful bid of Beijing 2008.



Bids for the 2008 Summer Olympics

Applicant cities

  • Bangkok
  • Caïro
  • Havana
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Seville

Candidate cities

  • Beijing
  • Osaka
  • Toronto
  • Istanbul
  • Paris


Report of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008

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2008 Host city election ballots results

112th IOC Session, Moscow, 13-07-2001

City Round 1 Round 2
Beijing 44 56
Toronto 20 22
Paris 15 18
Istanbul 17 9
Osaka 6



Beijing 2008 Olympic Bid Video


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